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The Great Gatsby: A Social Satire

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The Great Gatsby can be regarded as a social satire and an
observation of The American Dream

The Great Gatsby is observed as a social satire of the United States
in the roaring twenties, where Fitzgerald exposes the American Dream
as a flawed fantasy merely generated by over-indulgence. America was
established in the conception of equality, where any individual could
have equal opportunities and success on the substratum of their
abilities and effort, which can be described as the American Dream.
The former president Abraham Lincoln confirmed this surmise, as he
himself was an impoverished, disadvantaged little boy who became
president through his efforts. The Great Gatsby is set in the
twenties, which was a period of contradictions and inquietude. The
ghastly shock of the war was just ended, and it was now time for
people to forget their wretchedness and have fun. This created a
society obsessed with materialism and prodigality which eliminated
moral values and traditional beliefs, and became engaged in a life of
pointless extravagance and indulgence. The ‘Great Gatsby’ can be
regarded as a social satire and remarks on the downfall of moral
values and excessive indulgence of society.

When different characters in the novel are viewed, it is obvious that
not all have the same social standings in society. Nick’s father
comments on this when he says “ whenever you feel like criticizing
someone, just remember that all the people in this world have not had
the advantaged that you’ve had (pg.1)”. The Buchanans were, actually,
born into a typically wealthy environment, which is symbolized by the
sanctioned affluence of East Egg. Gatsby and the Wilsons do not belong
in the distinguished society; and when Gats...


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...e two contradistinctive societies with insurmountable
force. The American Dream is a well sought for thing, which leads many
to go over the limits to achieve it, even in just having the
opportunity of being wealthy.

The Great Gatsby notifies the decayed moral values and unnecessary
materialism brought about by the American Dream. However, it proves
that no amount of wealth and authority can pursue acceptance. A
society that relies on wealth, social standings and material
possessions head nowhere in life, as Tom and Daisy prove in he novel.
The ideal of the American Dream still consists in today’s society,
whether it being in the form of possessions, wealth or love. Yet one
thing still holds true about American Dream; every individual desires
something glorious in life, and each person attempts to gain it,
whether being successful in attaining it or not.


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