"The Great Gatsby" by Scott Fitzgerald; Thesis

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Neel Nabar

Great Gatsby Assignment

According to the constitution of the United States of America, all people are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To understand that phrase, the word pursuit must be fully taken into account; it means that happiness cannot be guaranteed under any circumstances. What causes happiness is completely different between individuals. For example, a poor kid may be made happy with just a weeks worth of food and water, whereas someone who is more spoiled could not be made happy with only that. It was once said that "If you really want to be happy, then no one can stop you." Although there is truth in this statement, this statement also oversimplifies things greatly. Happiness is not something that can be bought, that is why often the richest people in the world are unhappy. To others, they may seem to have everything, but in truth they are not happy because happiness is different to everyone.

In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many characters are in search of happiness, and many of them never attain it although they "seem to have it all." Many of these characters are extremely wealthy, have a good set of friends, and can get most people to do what they want, yet they are not happy. This is because happiness is only often attained once a particular goal is reached, and often some goals are unattainable because all humans on earth have free will. Furthermore, some of these characters have flaws that don't allow them to be happy. Their character gets in their way of their quest for happiness, and as a result discontent manifests itself in their minds. Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are two characters who seem to have a great life, but cannot...