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gatjay Failure of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Failure of Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby A society naturally breaks up into various social groups over time. Members of lower statuses constantly suppose that their problems will be resolved if they gain enough wealth to reach the upper class. Many interpret the American Dream as being this passage to high social status and, once reaching that point, not having to concern about money at all. Though, the American Dream involves more than the social and economic standings of an individual....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 1200 words
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Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby as Commentary on the Failure of Society - Fitzgerald's Corrupt View of Society in The Great Gatsby     "What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story," was said of Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is about the American Society at its worst and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. The idea is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness. To get his happiness Jay Gatsby must reach into the past and relive an old dream. In order to achieve his dream, he must have wealth and power....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Failure of the American Dream in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Failure in The Great Gatsby In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, all the characters are, in one way or another, attempting to become happier with their lives. The characters in the novel are divided into two groups: the rich upper class and the poorer lower class(West egg and East egg) though the main characters only try to make their lives better, the American dream they are all trying to achieve is eventually ruined by the harsh reality or life. Tom and Daisy Buchanan, the rich couple, seem to have everything they could possibly want....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 714 words
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The Failure of the Great Gatsby - The Failure of the Great Gatsby *No Works Cited According to American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of great is: great (grEt) adj. 1. Remarkable or outstanding in magnitude, degree, or extent. 2. Of outstanding significance or importance. 3. Chief or principal. 4. Superior in quality or character; noble. 5. Powerful; influential. 6. Eminent; distinguished. 7. Grand; aristocratic. 8.Enthusiastic.. Many people have achieved some sort of greatness in today¹s society. To be associated with the adjective great is a tremendous compliment....   [tags: Papers] 1093 words
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Failure of the Capitalist Ideal in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The most striking element in Fitzgerald's demystification of the world of the capitalist ideal is not the human insecurity and moral ugliness bred by the fever of glamour but the absolute failure of the work ethic quite literally to deliver the goods. Only the upper ten percent of the population enjoyed markedly increased income in the 1920s, for as Spindler notes, by 1929 perhaps 50,000 individuals received half of all national share income (166). In 1921, Zinn records, 4,270,000 Americans were unemployed, two million people in New York City lived in tenements condemned as firetraps, and six million families (42 per cent of the US total) made less than $1,000 a year (373); Gatsby o...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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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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Failure and the Degeneration of America in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby -   The Great Gatsby is a bold and damning social commentary of America which critiques its degeneration from a nation of infinite hope and opportunity to a place of moral destitution. The novel is set during the Roaring Twenties, an era of outrageous excesses, wild lavish parties and sadly, an era of regret and lost potential. As the audience, they take us on a journey guided and influenced by the moral voice of Nick Carraway, a character who is "simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life." Nevertheless, when Carraway rejects the East, returning to the comparatively secure morality of his ancestral West, we realize that gaiety was merely a t...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Destruction of Dreams, Failure of Dreamers in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Jay Gatsby, the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is used to contrast a real American dreamer against what had become of American society during the 1920's.  By magnifying the tragic fate of dreamers, conveying that twenties America lacked the substance to fulfill dreams and exposing the shallowness of Jazz-Age Americans, Fitzgerald foreshadows the destruction of his own generation. The beauty and splendor of Gatsby's parties masked the innate corruption within the heart of the Roaring Twenties....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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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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Failure and Destruction of a Romantic Ideal in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby and the Destruction of a Romantic Ideal      In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of a romantic ideal and its ultimate destruction by the inexorable rot and decay of modern life. The story is related by Nick Carraway, who has taken a modest rental house next door to Jay Gatsby's mansion. Jay Gatsby is a young millionaire who achieves fabulous wealth for the sole purpose of recapturing the love of his former sweetheart, Daisy Fay Buchanan. Five years prior to the principal events of the story, Daisy broke off with Gatsby and married the vulgar and arrogant Tom Buchanan because he was rich and came from a respectable family....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Failure of the American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby -     Everyone has an ideal vision of what he or she wants out of life. In a perfect world, everyone would die happy having achieved every goal ever set. A perfect world does not exist. Fitzgerald knows this, and he chronicles the life of Gatsby. Gatsby deeply desires to live out the “American dream.” He wants fame, riches, parties, mansions, but most of all love. Gatsby succeeds in every area except the most important. Gatsby still feels a desire to fulfill his final dream of finding a true love....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Failure in the American Dream in the Great Gatsby by F. Scoot Fitzgerald - The American Dream as shown in The Great Gatsby has been proven by F. Scott Fitzgerald to be an unattainable belief in the “Pursuit of Happiness” through the fault of morality. Typically, happiness is being content with ones standing in life regarding wealth, family, love, class, and friendship. Throughout the 1920’s, the decline in morality had shaped the dream into a materialistic goal by accumulating wealth, love, social class, friendship and power. The novel never mentions a specific dream or goal that was to be obtained, only the idea....   [tags: morality, morals, happy, love] 1022 words
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Failure of the American Dream - Failure Of The American Dream What is the American Dream. That’s a question everyone is trying to answer. People find it in their own unique ways; money, success, freedom, or love. However, these aren’t easily obtained, and in most situations people figure this out the hard way. People can be immensely wealthy but still fail in their journey to the American dream. A man may be the most successful in the world but in his eyes he may have not reached his American dream. People fight for their dream every day, as colonists they had to fight for our freedom and to pursue our dream....   [tags: the Great Gatsby]
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How Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby Reflect the American Nightmare - The phrase the American dream is contradictory to it’s meaning. The American dream was for most people just that, a dream. However, these very people had their hopes dashed and were forever lost. One could argue that a much more fitting and appropriate name for the American dream might as well be the American nightmare. In the 1920’s and early 30’s, the American dream was a beacon of hope as well as prosperity for anyone unfortunate enough to fall under it’s alluring curse, with an exception of a handful of people....   [tags: wealth, dream, failure]
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Lies and Deciet in The Great Gatsby - Lying has deadly effects on both the individual who lies and those around them. This concept is demonstrated in The Great Gatsby. Although Gatsby, Tom and Myrtle have different motives for being deceitful, they all lie in order to fulfill their desires and personal needs. Myrtle’s desire to be wealthy is illustrated when she first meets Tom, dressed in his expensive clothing, as her attitude changes when she puts on the luxurious dress and when she encourages Tom to buy her a dog. Tom’s deception is clear when he hides his affair with Myrtle by placing Myrtle in a different train, withholding the truth from Mr....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1131 words
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The Great Gatsby and the American Dream - Introduction F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby”, is one of the few novels he wrote in 1925. The novel takes place during the 1920’s following the 1st World War. It is written about a young man named Nick, from the east he moved to the west to learn about the bond business. He ends up moving next to a mysterious man named Gatsby who ends up giving him the lesion of his life. After love circles with Gatsby and his cousin Daisy, lastly Jordan and gossip resulting with killings end up discussed over his experience resulting going back east....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1547 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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The Great Gatsby: The Morally Corrupt American Dream - Exposing the Morally Corrupt American Dream     The 1920’s were a decade of renaissance characterized by the establishment of the "American Dream" -- the belief that anyone can, and should, achieve material success. F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, contains themes and morals that continue to be relevant today. In his novel, Fitzgerald criticizes the American Dream by describing its negative characteristics: class struggles between the rich and the poor, the superficiality of the rich, and the false relationship between money and happiness....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Hope and the American Dream Portrayed in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - “The Great Gatsby”, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays a world filled with rich societal happenings, love affairs, and corruption. Nick Carraway is the engaged narrator of the book, a curious choice considering that he is in a different class and almost in a different world than Gatsby and the other characters. Nick relates the plot of the story to the reader as a member of Gatsby’s circle. He has ambivalent feelings towards Gatsby, despising his personality and corrupted dream but feeling drawn to Gatsby’s magnificent capacity to hope....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1701 words
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Distortion of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby - In the past the American Dream was an inspiration to many, young and old. To live out the American Dream was what once was on the minds of many Americans. In The Great Gatsby, the American Dream was presented as a corrupted version of what used to be a pure and honest ideal way to live. The idea that the American Dream was about the wealth and the possessions one had been ingrained, somehow, into the minds of Americans during the 1920’s. As a result of the distortion of the American Dream, the characters of F....   [tags: Essays on The Great Gatsby] 2554 words
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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby - Since Columbus made land, people have been searching for the “American Dream”. Many people have their own idea and ideas that have changed over a period of time, but what exactly is the “American Dream” defined as .Origins of the dream have been rooted in the pioneering mentality of the eighteenth and nineteenth century immigrants, most who came to America because of a promise for a new and better life. The American Dream was sought through hard work and determination. After the time of the World Wars, society changed and so did the view of the “American Dream”, it changed from a potential reality into being a dream....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1253 words
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Jay Gatsby's Illusions in Fitzgerald’s American classic "The Great Gatsby" - In life, what we perceive tends to show misconception in how the thought plays out. A good example would be the character Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic: The Great Gatsby. Gatsby was unable to distinguish between his love for Daisy, a reality, versus the illusion that he could recapture her love by establishing and inventing a fraudulent past. He believed he could repeat the past, and acquire a flaunting wealth. In the novel, Jay Gatsby seems incompetent in establishing a difference between the realities of his life versus the illusion he made out....   [tags: Fitzgerald, Great Gatsby, reality, ] 699 words
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Accidental Murder and the American Dream in in "The Great Gatsby" - Affairs and lies are just some of the things happing in West & East Egg, two communities on the outskirts of New York City. There is also an accidental murder and former lovers that find each other but they are not the same anymore. The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It follows the summer of 1922 told from sort of narration point of view. The story of the corruption of the American dream unfolds before the readers eyes. Throughout the reader realizes that the American dream of happiness and individualism has just become the quest to become wealthy....   [tags: Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald,]
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Dreams in The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald - A dream is an intangible paradise. In the heavenly world of a dream, all hopes are within reach, and time knows no defined direction. To dream is to believe in the existence of the limitless realm. To dream is to be consumed by the passion and beauty of life, for although a dream may never become a reality, the true substance of a dream is its place in the heart. Jay Gatsby is a dreamer. He believes that the future can return him to his past and to his love, Daisy. Time blocks Gatsby’s dream, for Daisy has made Gatsby a mere memory by marrying Tom Buchanan....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]
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Jack Clayton’s The Great Gatsby and Second Wave Feminism - Jack Clayton’s The Great Gatsby was produced during a decade of progressive movements such as Second-wave Feminism, and in particular, the Sexual Revolution. Second Wave Feminism demonstrated the fight of females of all classes and races to gain reproductive rights and equality in the workplace, which signaled an ideological background for gender struggles. In the Sexual Revolution, women searched for their role in society through exploring their bodies and challenging sexual normativity in an effort to rid forms of sexism....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]
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Western Dualism in The Great Gatsby - It seems hard to believe in our period, when a three-decade lurch to the political Right has anathematized the word, but F. Scott Fitzgerald once, rather fashionably, believed himself to be a socialist. Some years before, he had also, less fashionably, tried hard to think himself a Catholic. While one hardly associates the characteristic setting of Fitzgerald's novels, his chosen kingdom of the sybaritic fabulous, with either proletarian solidarity or priestly devotions, it will be the argument of this essay that a tension between Left and religiose perspectives structures the very heart of the vision of The Great Gatsby....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]
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Jay Gatsby as Tragic Hero of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Jay Gatsby as Tragic Hero of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby According to Aristotle, there are a number of characteristics that identify a tragic hero: he must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness. These are all characteristics of Jay Gatsby, the main character of Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.  Jay Gatsby is a tragic hero according to Aristotle's definition.   Jay Gatsby is an enormously rich man, and in the flashy years of the jazz age, wealth defined importance....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald]
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Illusion and Reality in The Great Gatsby - Illusion and Reality in The Great Gatsby       The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about one man's disenchantment with the American dream. In the story we get a glimpse into the life of Jay Gatsby, a man who aspired to achieve a position among the American rich to win the heart of his true love, Daisy Fay. Gatsby's downfall was in the fact that he was unable to determine that concealed boundary between reality and illusion in his life.    The Great Gatsby is a tightly structured, symbolically compressed novel whose predominant images and symbols reinforce the idea that Gatsby's dream exists on borrowed time....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Use of Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism plays an important role in any novel of literary merit. In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses symbols to portray events, feelings, personalities and time periods. Throughout the narrative, Fitzgerald uses strong contrasting symbols such as West Egg and East Egg. His superior use of other predominant symbols such as color and light are also evident throughout the novel. The story begins as the narrator, Nick Carraway, describes his arrival to West Egg. One can immediately spot "new-money Gatsby and no-money Nick on one side of the bay and old-money Buchanans on the other" (Tanner x)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The American Dream in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - The American Dream in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The 1920's were a time of parties, drinking and having nothing but fun. Many aspired to be rich and prosperous and longed to be a part of the upper class. Although this was the dream for many Americans of this time, it seemed almost impossible to become a part of this social class unless born into it. Even those who worked hard to become successful and support themselves and their families were not accepted into this elite group of men and women, despite the fact that they too most likely had everything....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald] 1189 words
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Living Life Like The Great Gatsby - Living Life Like The Great Gatsby Imagine that you live in the nineteen twenties, and that you are a very wealthy man that lives by himself in a manchine, on a lake and who throws parties every weekend. This is just the beginning of how to explain the way Jay Gatsby lived his life. This novel, by F. Scott, Fitzgerald is one that is very deep in thought. Fitzgerald releases little clues along the way of the novel that will be crusual to understand the ending. For instance, he makes the blue coupe a very important clue, as well as the Dr....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 1814 words
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The Great Gatsby - In famous novels throughout literature, characters often face conflicts between not themselves and other characters, but with time itself. In John Green's novel Looking For Alaska, the main characters confront the idea of "imagining the future as a kind of nostalgia". In this way, the main character Miles Halter, after the death of his friend Alaska, dreams of a future where he and Alaska are somehow reunited. However, the Alaska of his dreams is not as she presently exists, because she is no longer living....   [tags: novel, literature, literary analysis, Fitzgerald]
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The Great Gatsby as an Exploration of the American Dream - The Great Gatsby as an Exploration of the American Dream         The American Dream lies deeply rooted in the American cultural imagination. The idea behind the Dream is that if an individual is sufficiently determined, he or she has a fair chance of achieving wealth, and the freedom and happiness that go with it. Essentially, it offers the opportunity of achieving spiritual and material fulfillment. "Although these ideals can be traced back to the original settlers, perhaps one of the earliest written manifestations of the Dream can be found in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence"(Spindler 41)....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Greed in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Gatsby and Greed In this day and age, money is a very important asset to have. One needs to have at least enough to live on, though great amounts are preferable. In The Great Gatsby, by Thomas F. Fitzgerald, having a large amount of money is not enough. It is also the way you acquire the money that matters. Gatsby and Tom both have a lot of money yet Daisey picks one over the other, not because of the difference in the amount they have, but because of the manner in which it is attained. To the main characters in the book, money is everything....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 479 words
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gatdream Exploding the American Myth in The Great Gatsby - Exploding the American Myth in The Great Gatsby       The American Constitution declares the freedom and equality among all people. On this declaration was built the collective dreams of a nation as well as millions of personal dreams. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, exposes the American Constitution for the myth that it always was by revealing the existing class distinctions. The Great Gatsby provides the petty details of the aimlessness and shallowness of the idyll rich, the extravagance of their parties, and the illegal sources of the funds that fueled such mindless activities....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Free Great Gatsby Essays: East and West - The Division between East and West in The Great Gatsby   The division between East and West is a significant theme in The Great Gatsby. The author has projected the historical East/West division of the States on the division of class and society in the 20th century. The Mid-West, which represents the new territory of hope and the old pioneer spirit, corresponds to West Egg in New York. For Fitzgerald, there was a certain old-fashioned stability resting on the old, unchanging values and close relationships....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 542 words
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Free Great Gatsby Essays: Philosophic and Political Contexts - The Great Gatsby: Philosophic and Political Contexts Attempting both a sustained close reading of the novel, and the relocation of that reading within wider philosophic and political contexts, one must therefore consider the impact of a broad mystical strain of Western thought upon Fitzgerald's political analysis. For while it is a commonplace that Fitzgerald was fascinated, throughout his life, with what is variously conceived as the "ideal," "the Dream," "inspiration," the "visionary," or "Desire," a tradition with which the book opens, the political uses of the ideal have largely escaped notice....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 697 words
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Who can be considered as a great person. Different people may have different opinions on this question. A lot of literary works try to describe “great”. However, until now, it still does not have an official definition of “great man”. The novel The Great Gatsby by famous author F.Scott Fitzgerald describes an idealist—Gatsby’s whole life. Although F.Scott Fitzgerald names the novel--The Great Gatsby, great people would never only consider their world views, have unrealistic thoughts, ignore laws like the idealist Gatsby does....   [tags: a great man]
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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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Dreams in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Dreams in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about the American Dream. In the Great Gatsby, the dream is that one can acquire happiness through wealth and power. To get his happiness Jay attempts to reacquire the love of his lost sweet heart, Daisy. The main problem with Jay's dream is that Daisy is married. Gatsby's personal dream symbolizes the larger American Dream 'The pursuit of happiness'. Jay Gatsby longs for the past. Surprisingly he devotes his adult life trying to recapture it and dies in its pursuit....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby]
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The Lost American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Lost American Dream in The Great Gatsby      Critics agree that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is not only a social commentary on the roaring twenties but also a revelation of the disintegration of the American Dream. Jay Gatsby embodies this smashed and illusionary dream; he is seen as a “mythic” (Bewley 17) individual, as “the end product of the American Dream” (Lehan 109) and as a representative of “man’s headlong pursuit of a dream all the way across a continent and back again” (Moyer 219)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The American Dream in The Great Gatsby         The American Dream is deeply rooted in American ideals.  It implies that an individual's determination is the deciding factor in the accumulation of wealth, freedom, and total happiness.  It creates an equal ground on which anyone and everyone can attain spiritual and material fulfillment.  "Although these ideals can be traced back to the original settlers, perhaps one of the earliest written manifestations of the Dream can be found in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence" (Spindler 41).  The Declaration of Independence promises the rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" to all American citizens.  Fitzgerald's "The Great Ga...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - A Life Foolishly Lived - The Great Gatsby:  A Life Foolishly Lived             Released in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby cleverly demonstrates the manners and morals commonly practiced throughout the time period. The plot revolves around several main themes and effectively expresses Fitzgerald’s unique perspective. With an objective standpoint, Nick Carraway narrates the story as Jay Gatsby, a foolish racketeer, tries to win over his lifelong love, Daisy Buchanan. Although pecuniary matters can often be too large of an influence on human relationships, the novel unveils several powerful battles entangling love, morals, and money....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The Collapse of Dreams in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby -     The novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. In the Great Gatsby the dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness. To get this happiness, Jay Gatsby must reach into the past and relive an old dream. In order to achieve his dream, he must have wealth and power.   Jay Gatsby is one character that longs for the past. He devotes most of his adult like trying to recapture it and dies in its search....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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gatdream F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Just Dream It! - The Great Gatsby: Just Dream It. In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, all the characters are, in one way or another, attempting to achieve a state of happiness in their lives. The main characters are divided into two groups: the rich upper class and the poorer lower class, which struggles to attain a higher position. Though the major players seek only to change their lives for the better, the American Dream is inevitably crushed beneath the harsh reality of life, leaving their lives without meaning or purpose....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 890 words
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gatdream F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The American Dream - The American Dream The American Dream was the philosophy that brought people to America and to start a new life in a strange, foreign land. Due to this dream, it was believed that America was the land of opportunity, wealth, and prosperity. The dream consists of three components: all men are equal, man can trust and should help his fellow man, and the good, virtuous and hard working are rewarded. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is a condemnation of American Society and focuses on its downfall....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 842 words
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