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To what extent is the "American dream"
shown to be unobtainable in "The Great
Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and "The
catcher in the rye" by J.D Salinger?
This essay attempts to highlight the level that the American dream can be seen as
unobtainable in "The Great Gatsby" and "The…

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his attempts to obtain his goal. This could be to do with the times the novels are set. Both
Texts are set in periods of relative prosperity. Gatsby takes every opportunity including illegal
activity to achieve his goals. In contrast it is widely argued by critics that Holden's Isolation

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to feel guilty in some ways and make a large contribution to the nuns that he meet which
could be a way to make him feel less guilty. He is also opposed to the class system which he
sees as unfair. "Old Haas went around shaking hands with everybody's parents…

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