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The Great Gatsby: The Corruption of the American Dream - In 1931 James Truslow Adams published a book named ‘Epic of America’ in which he popularized the concept of The American Dream. In this book he stated “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…” and once that phrase was written, The American Dream became what we truly know it as nowadays. It is the right of freedom, prosperity, equality and pursuit of happiness through hard work....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]
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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby - On April 10, 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby, a novel that would later become one of the best known pieces of classic literature in history. However, at the time of its publication, Gatsby was fairly unpopular ad the reviews were never consistent. As shocking as it may seem, I believe it is because Fitzgerald’s intelligence and creativity levels were way ahead of his time, which is evident when one pays close attention to the themes of the novel. Forgiveness, love, and memory of the past are just a few themes you will come across in this story....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Corruption of Wealth and Society through Geography in The Great Gatsby - Throughout The Great Gatsby, various locations are introduced that correlate to specific types of inhabitants. The geography of the novel is primarily comprised of four scenes: East Egg, West Egg, the valley of the ashes, and New York City. Although all of the localities are situated in the East, Nick muses at the end of the novel that the story is, in actuality, “of the West” (Fitzgerald 176). This discovery insinuates that the materialisms of the East besmirched the characters of the West, symbolizing the deteriorating effects the quest for riches has on traditional values....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]
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The Great Gatsby: Differences and Corruption of Classes - The Great Gatsby: Differences and Corruption of Classes Money is essential for survival; it can bring happiness, despair, or corruption. It rules our daily lives, is preferred in large amounts, and separates us into different social classes. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a perfect example of this since the class structure within the novel, portrays how money or the need for it can cause corruption in all the different social classes. This is shown through the three distinct classes: old money represented by the Buchanan’s and their self-centered, racist nature, new money represented by Gatsby and his mysterious, illegal ways, and a class that can be called no money repr...   [tags: Classic American Literature] 542 words
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Corruption in The Great Gatsby - ... They both could have been easily bought by Jordan or her wealthy family. Furthermore, Jordan exposes her deceptive side once again when she “leaves a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down, and then lied about it” (57). This action is careless yet Jordan doesn’t care she is destroying someone else’s property. She even goes as far as lying about it to evade the blame. Meyer Wolfsheim is another dishonest person who was corrupted by the thought of wealth. Gatsby informs Nick that “he’s the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919” (73)....   [tags: themes in F. Scott Fitzgerald novel] 522 words
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The Corruption of the American Dream in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Francis Scott Fitzgerald portrays the American Dream, originally a set of goals that included freedom, settlement, and an honest life with the possibility of upward social and economic mobility earned through hard work, as corrupted and debased by the egotistic materialism of the 1920s, an era which Fitzgerald characterizes chiefly by its greed and lavish hedonism, in his celebrated novel The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald, in The Great Gatsby, seeks to discredit the supposed purity of the American Dream and belief that anyone can attain it through hard work....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Corruption in The Great Gatsby - Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in 1896 and died in 1940. After dismissed from the army in 1917, he returned to Princeton and finished his first novel This Side of Paradise, which made him wealthy overnight. He then married Zelda, a beautiful but expensive girl. During his time (which he named Jazz Age), the whole American society was immersed in the post-war deteriorations and economic booming. The so-called lost generation forfeited their believes on American dream and solely aimed to pursue material and sensual pleasures....   [tags: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, Literary Analysis] 1136 words
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Money and Corruption in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Money and Corruption in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby During the time in our country's history called the roaring twenties, society had a new obsession, money. Just shortly after the great depression, people's focus now fell on wealth and success in the economic realm. Many Americans would stop at nothing to become rich and money was the new factor in separation of classes within society. Wealth was a direct reflection of how successful a person really was and now became what many people strived to be, to be rich....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby, wealth, status]
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Corruption of the American Dream in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Broken Dreams and Fallen Themes In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald employs the use of characters, themes, and symbolism to convey the idea of the American Dream and its corruption through the aspects of wealth, family, and status. In regards to wealth and success, Fitzgerald makes clear the growing corruption of the American Dream by using Gatsby himself as a symbol for the corrupted dream throughout the text. In addition, when portraying the family the characters in Great Gatsby are used to expose the corruption growing in the family system present in the novel....   [tags: The Great Gatsby ] 1440 words
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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the corruption of the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to attain its illusionary goals. As the novel shows, the 20th century is a moral wasteland and a corruption of the original idealistic American Dream of the past. Fitzgerald's moral wasteland is shown physically in the "valley of ashes" scene of the novel. This 'dismal' and 'desolate' wasteland exists side-by-side with the white and unreal dream of Daisy and her world....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 513 words
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Corruption in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby In the Novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the corrupting nature of wealth and greed in his novel, “the Great Gatsby”. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the element of class division in chapter 4 when he describes the very vast luxuries of Gatsby, such as Precious Gemstones and Tiger skins that can only be obtained with someone that owns a lot of money, “I saw the skins of Tigers Flaming his palace on the Grand Canal; I saw him opening a chest of rubies with ease, with crimson lighted depths, the gnawing of his broken heart.” here, The author vividly describes in-detail of Gatsby’s luxurious life style and his possessions, “The only building was a small block of yellow brick si...   [tags: wealth, greed, superior]
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Corruption of the American Dream - Jay Gatsby is a man with a dream and will stop at nothing to attain it.  When he loses the love of his life to a wealthy, sophisticated and bigoted socialite, his mind is set.  Born a poor farm boy, he centers his life around achieving extraordinarily vast amounts of wealth and great social status.  The poor man never gets the girl; in fact, he never gets anything in Gatsby's eyes.  Gatsby is determined not only to be rich, but become the richest man who ever lived.  When he does become the richest man who ever lived, he wants to become the ultimate ruler of the universe.  Gatsby wants to be God.  Nick Carraway, his laid-back and observant neighbor, despises Gatsby's flamboyant and exaggerat...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 1477 words
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Corruption and Failure in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Corruption in The Great Gatsby      The theme of human corruption, its sources and consequences, is a common concern among writers from Shakespeare through J.D Salinger. Some suggest that it attacks from outside, while others depict corruption occurring from within the individual. In the case if The Great Gatsby and it's protagonist's fate, Fitzgerald shows both factors at work. The moral climate of the Roaring Twenties, Daisy Fay Buchanan's pernicious hold on him, and Jay Gatsby's own nature all contribute to his tragic demise....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 503 words
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gatdream Corruption of the Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Corruption of the Dream in The Great Gatsby   The American Dream describes an attitude of hope and faith that looks forward to the fulfillment of human wishes and desires. What these wishes are, were expressed in Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence of 1776, where it was stated: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 725 words
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Money and Corruption in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... Fitzgerald characterizes Nick as naive when nick is describing perks of his home in west egg instead of the flaws of his home. Nick comments that “I lived at West Egg, the – well, the least fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season. The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard … My own house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor's l...   [tags: nick, west egg] 732 words
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Free Essays - Immorality and Corruption in the Great Gatsby - Immorality and Corruption in the Great Gatsby In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald many of the characters could not be classified as a truly moral, a person who exhibits goodness or correctness in their character and behavior. Nick Carraway is not moral by any means; he is responsible for an affair between two major characters, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby does show some moral qualities when he attempts to go back and rescue Myrtle after she had been hit by Daisy....   [tags: Grapes Wrath essays] 1200 words
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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald - ... His American dream has become corrupted by the culture of wealth and fortunes that surround him. For example, when Nick offered to invite Daisy over he did it out of kindness for Gatsby. However, he does not know how to receive a good gesture without an exchange of money. Overjoyed, Gatsby immediately offers to have someone cut Nick’s grass along with an underhand business deal that could possibly get him extra money. Although, Nick questioned his offer, he refused to take it but that did not seem to hesitate Gatsby to at least hire gardeners to cut his grass....   [tags: tom, daisy, nick] 986 words
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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1925. In Scott F. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, men fight over a woman. To stay financially secure, they go into illegal business. Dreams are crushed and lives are lost. It is a story that relates to the corruption of the American Dream. The story takes place in an area near New York called "Long Island." It is in a shape of an egg. They focus in on places on there named "East Egg", "West Egg", and "The Valley of Ashes." West egg is for people who have recently made their fortunes....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald] 1539 words
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The Ambition and Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... “I was in the drug business and then I was in the oil business.” (p.90) Numerous people had their beliefs on how Gatsby gained his money, some believed he was a murderer or a bootlegger. He did everything for and to be near Daisy. Buying the house with money that he worked hard for being a positive aspect. Many people in the 1920‘s may have bootlegged for money, but knowing that Gatsby worked helps show that there was hope for people to become rich during the time they were in. Gatsby spent his money on things to compose himself as wealthy Gatsby dressed to impress people, especially Daisy....   [tags: wealth, tom buchannan, daisy]
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Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... However, Gatsby’s vigil was over nothing. Daisy was never in her room that night, much like Gatsby’s dream is over a nonexistent person. The Daisy he met and fell in love with years ago is not the same person anymore, and as much as Gatsby thinks that he can repeat the past, in the real world it is proven to be impossible. His faith is misplaced, because the object of his quest is nothing more than Daisy. Then, Fitzgerald uses symbolism to show how the American dream died out. The sense of hopelessness at the end of the novel proves that the purity of the American dream is dead with Gatsby's death and George Wilson's suicide....   [tags: imagery, symbolism, characterization] 839 words
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The novel, The Great Gatsby, is set in New York during the 1920’s after World War One. The Great Gatsby is not only about the corruption of the American dream- but also the corruption of the entire 1920’s era, hidden behind the tragic love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. In The Great Gatsby, the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, denotes Jay Gatsby’s obsession with being old rich, Daisy Buchanan, and the past- which ultimately leads to failure. Jay Gatsby’s obsession with being old rich comes not only from his desire to move from his poor lifestyle, but also from his desire for Daisy’s love....   [tags: jay gatsby, 1920's corruption, love story]
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Corruption of the American Dream - ... Gatsby’s dream “is a naïve dream based on the fallacious assumption that material possessions are synonymous with happiness, harmony, and beauty” (Fahey 70). Gatsby’s dream is corrupted because of all of the “new money” that is surrounding him. Even though Gatsby pretends like he has everything, in reality he has nothing. Gatsby throws large parties and buys expensive things because he wants to believe that he is able to blend in with the new age of society. Gatsby also has a very romantic view on life, and it really shows when his love Daisy Buchanan is around....   [tags: F.Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby]
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his stories with a distinctive style. Fitzgerald cared about his character enough to judge their character but not their actions. He obviously cared deeply about them. The care and effort put into the characters is immense. Fitzgerald chose each character meticulously. He also wrote about certain characters with more careful prose. Fitzgerald’s meticulous writing style and seemingly irrelevant details bring life into his books. His tone however is best expressed by the way he judges his characters character, not their actions....   [tags: aristocratic class, corruption, betrayal]
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A Transitional Period of the Roaring 20's in The Great Gatsby - ... The heat has the effect of contradicting what a reader would expect from such a wealthy hotel, and adding to the suspense that is bound to break the balance between Gatsby and Tom at any point. The wedding in the lobby also has a contradicting effect because while the couple is getting married and excited for the rest of their lives, everything is falling apart for the main characters. The author is making the subtle point that wealth and greed can destroy relationships; this point is enforced because in the hotel the big confrontation between Gatsby and Tom actually erupted....   [tags: social class, greed, corruption]
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The Great Gatsby - "I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light" Possibly F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is not just a magnificent story, but a lesson of society's flaws during the roaring 1920's. Fitzgerald's story creates an atmosphere of superficiality, dissatisfaction and dishonesty by the description of each character. With the economical growth, and the immoral society of the 1920’s ultimately brought corruption to desire of the American Dream and the chance of achieving prosperity and wealth....   [tags: corruption, American Dream, Scott Fitzgerald]
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... This was all caused by Gatsby’s yellow Rolls Royce, which obviously represents death, because the yellow car killed Myrtle, directly. It also indirectly killed Gatsby and Wilson. In the novel there is an example of how this happens on page 137: “The ‘death car’ as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment, and then disappeared around the next bend.” This is describing the scene when Myrtle is hit and killed by Gatsby’s car. The color also represents corruption, which is how Gatsby got his money....   [tags: symbols, wealth, corruption, death] 723 words
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - ... Her voice embraces the very promise of immense riches that Gatsby craves for. However, he is too late to recognize that money is merely the sole item that her voice promises. Gatsby’s idealism is so far beyond his imagination that even though Daisy is married and they are having an affair, he believes that his vision will be clear to him as long as she will declare that she never loved Tom. Gatsby’s nostalgic feelings for Daisy hinder his ability to separate the past from the present. He is unable to discern the reality that Daisy epitomizes both material success and the corruption that wealth can bring....   [tags: corruption of the American dream] 874 words
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... One of the examples that he uses is the color of Gatsby’s Car. The reason he makes it yellow is too show that it was bought with money that was achieved by wrongdoings. Since Gatsby was a bootlegger, most of the money he has earned, has been earned illegally, so his car was bought with illegal money. Another example that Fitzgerald uses his the color of jordans hair in some points of the book. Jordan’s yellow hair is due to her excessive cheating in golf tournaments that she won wrongfully. She never deserved any of those wins and she behaved in a sardonic way to get what she wanted....   [tags: symbolism, death and corruption, yellow] 803 words
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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald - ... Her own perspective on life is shown as she introduces her daughter. Although she shows affection to her daughter, it is used to boast about her and show her off. (123) Her surroundings have no meaning to her. She uses the people around her to fit into the social scene and boast her wealth and fake happiness, which obstructs her morals and emotions as a human being. Daisy valued life holds no true meaning for her. She treats others horribly without a care in the world. While in the car with Gatsby, Daisy runs over Myrtle Wilson....   [tags: wealth, corruption] 650 words
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The Ambiguous Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald´s The Great Gatsby - ... Compassion of that magnitude compelled Nick, Daisy, and many others to really care about him. On the other end of the spectrum, he was a very savvy businessman. He singlehandedly built quite a fortune, earned an impressive reputation, and joined up with some intriguing business partners. Not long after Nick first met Gatsby they went out to lunch together and met an interesting Jewish man named Meyer Wolfsheim. Nick immediately approached the man, who assumed that Nick was a friend of Gatsby’s looking for a “business gonnegtion” (70)....   [tags: weath, corruption, moral, imperfect]
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The Contrast and Conformity in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - ... “The fact that he had [a mistress] was insisted upon wherever he was known” (Fitzgerald 24). Everybody in Tom and Daisy’s social group seems to know of Tom’s infidelity, except for Daisy herself. Yet, Daisy’s ignorance does not stop Tom from parading his unfaithfulness to Daisy’s own cousin Nick Carraway. Tom is so egotistic, he has no shame in expressing his lustful relationships. Gatsby’s immorality is criminal rather than familial. Gatsby is revealed to be a bootlegger; the profession allows him to pay for the extravagant parties he throws in hopes in luring Daisy to his mansion....   [tags: morality, corruption, bigot]
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A Freudian Reading of The Great Gatsby - A Freudian Reading of The Great Gatsby       F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby is generally regarded as an excellent novel which expresses much more than the superficial plot. The Great Gatsby could be, however, more complex than the average reader might imagine. The Great Gatsby is often interpreted as the corruption of the American Dream. In this framework, the Buchanans are viewed as the example of irresponsibility and degradation, and Gatsby the embodiment of idealism and sentimentality....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The American Dream in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, An Outline - ... She has no compassion nor does she care about people’s lives; core issue that leads Gatsby into corruption - Through her conveying appearance, Daisy is able to manipulate Gatsby motives and emotions, while still remaining unconcerned - Her only concern or compassion is based on wealth and power, Daisy just strings Gatsby along, but has no real intent of ever leaving her husband, Tom - The Buchanan’s marriage is full of lies, deceitfulness and unfaithfulness, yet they remain closely linked through their use of money and attention; are unified because of corruption (QUOTE 188) - Other characters within this novel contribute to the detrimental effects of wealth, appearance and materialis...   [tags: corruption, materialistic items] 844 words
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The American Dream Is Hard to Achieve in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... Even before her relationships with Tom, or Gatsby are seen, Daisy does nothing but sit around all day and wonder what to do with herself and her friend Jordan. She knows that Tom is having an affair, yet she doesn't leave him even when she hears about Gatsby loving her. Daisy lets Gatsby know that she too is in love with him but can’t bring herself to tell Tom goodbye except when Gatsby forces her too. Even then, once Tom begs her to stay, even then Daisy forever leaves Gatsby for her old life of comfort....   [tags: corruption, upper class, money] 746 words
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A Critical Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - A Critical Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a universal and timeless literary masterpiece. Fitzgerald writes the novel during his time, about his time, and showing the bitter deterioration of his time. A combination of the 1920s high society lifestyle and the desperate attempts to reach its illusionary goals through wealth and power creates the essence behind The Great Gatsby. Nick Carraway, the narrator, moves to a quaint neighborhood outside of New York City called West Egg; his distant cousin and his former colleague, Daisy and Tom, live in a physically identical district across the bay called East Egg....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1545 words
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Cars as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby - Cars as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby Cars play a very important part in the telling of The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is a very dark, unhappy book, and the cars really exemplify this. "…cars change their meaning and become a symbol of death" (Dexheimer). Cars also give the reader insight into some of the different characters in the book. One of the most important jobs of cars in this book is to foreshadow upcoming events. Throughout the book, there are many devastating and dark events that these cars represent....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Cars Essays]
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The Grand Illusion in The Great Gatsby - The American dream is a farce. Hopeful American children and quixotic foreigners believe that freedom will lead to prosperity, and that prosperity will bring happiness. This anticipation of joy will never come to fruition, and all these unfortunate people will feel that they were cheated out of happiness by some unlucky roll of dice, but really they have been chasing cars, because the American dream is not something one can truly capture, but only smoke trapped in the palm of a hand. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby’s lavish parties, characterized by music, dancing, and illegal alcohol, are a representation of the corruption of society’s values, and are filled with guests only concerned with...   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 827 words
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The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Although to the casual reader The Great Gatsby may only appear as a poetic muse on the seemingly endless rollercoaster that is love, if one plunges deeper into this novel it is easily discovered that not only is this the quintessential grail quest but it is quite plainly a search for the American dream. Gatsby plays a duel role in this piece of American history; he is both the Holy Crusader, seeking his own personal Cup of Christ, and the Cinderella story of Fitzgerald's masterpiece....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald American Dream] 1197 words
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - The 1920s was a time of excess and growth. Economically, it was a time for great financial gain. Largely because of improvements in technology, productivity increased while overall production costs decreased, and the economy grew. Not only was this time filled with prosperity, but corruption as well. People who had previously worked day and night finally acquired leisure time. Some of the most wealthy people made the choice to fill this free time with gluttony and lust. Many authors during this time believed that the excessive spending and consumption would surely lead to ruin....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby]
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Throughout time and space the world has seen many writers that have altered life as we know it. The world continues to change as an ever shifting ball of culture and intellect. Man's history has given us writers like Shakespeare, who is still misunderstood to this day, and Homer, a man that has many Americans thinking of a cartoon character with the a lack of intelligence. Francis Scott Fitzgerald is far from one of these gentlemen, or ladies, that have changed the way we think....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald] 1400 words
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People of The Great Gatsby and People of Today - People of The Great Gatsby and People of Today The young adults in F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby are similar to the adults of today. They show resemblance by portraying racism, irresponsibility, and corruption. Like the young adults of today many display integrity and are innocent. The people of the two generations exploit violence and have gangs and gang leaders. The generation of the 20's and the generation of the 00's exhibit irresponsibility and corruption through many characters such as Myrtle, Meyer Wolfshiem and Tom....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 491 words
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The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Thesis: The pursuit of the American Dream is a dominant theme throughout The Great Gatsby, which is carried out in various ways by F. Scott Fitzgerald, how the author represents this theme through his characters and their actions is one small aspect of it.       Fitzgerald's dominant theme in The Great Gatsby focuses on the corruption of the American Dream. By analyzing high society during the 1920s through the eyes of narrator Nick Carraway, the author reveals that the American Dream has transformed from a pure ideal of security into a convoluted scheme of materialistic power....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald American Dream Essays]
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Depiction Of The American Dream in The Great Gatsby - As children, we have all dreamt of money, being rich; owning an extravagant mansion, magnificent cars, and being married to a prince or princess. Basically, we dream of the perfect life, with the perfect spouse. Generally, this dream is known as the American Dream, which is the belief that if one works hard, that person will succeed by becoming rich. The topic of the American Dream can be found throughout The Great Gatsby, the most prime example of this is the dream of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby’s dream is to work hard to get rich in order to win the love of Daisy Buchanan, his long lost love....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 991 words
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How can Gatsby be called Great - The title of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ can be seen as incredibly ironic: not only can the ‘greatness’ of the eponymous character be vehemently contested, he is not even named ‘Gatsby’. In fact, he is a criminal, James Gatz, who, although he appears to be an epitome of the idealistic American Dream, having grown from an impoverished childhood into a life of excess and splendour, he has obtained everything through crime and corruption. Indeed, it has been said that ‘The Great Gatsby’ is “a parable of disenchantment with the ‘American Dream’” , and it is, for the American Dream is the idea that “through hard work, courage and determination, one could achieve prosperity.” Jam...   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald Great Gatsby] 1326 words
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The Great Gatsby - There is vast and deep connection between the author’s life and the novel. The author portrayed his real life-based situation in the novel through which he went. The author explained how seventeen-year-old young lady became the reason of his downfall. He fell and wanted to marry the girl named Zelda Sayre who had deep desire for Fitzgerald’s wealth, fame, money and material luxury. Both Gatsby and Fitzgerald idolize wealth and luxury and at last fell in love with a beautiful woman when they stopped at a military camp in the South....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays] 1290 words
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Destruction and Failure of a Generation in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby and the Destruction of a Generation      The beauty and splendor of Gatsby's parties masks the decay and corruption that lay at the heart of the Roaring Twenties. The society of the Jazz Age, as observed by Fitzgerald, is morally bankrupt, and thus continually plagued by a crisis of character. Jay Gatsby, though he struggles to be a part of this world, remains unalterably an outsider. His life is a grand irony, in that it is a caricature of Twenties-style ostentation: his closet overflows with custom-made shirts; his lawn teems with "the right people," all engaged in the serious work of absolute triviality; his mannerisms (his false British accent, his old-boy friendlines...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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