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.
The American Dream is an idea. A fantasy in which there is complete prosperity and success. It was about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness. The American Dream filled the hopes and desires of every person in the country, as it became a national ethos. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald instead presents this spirit as a corruption, as the people who purse it fall into the misconduct of money.
The American Dream is portrayed by a dreamer who pursues to progress form scratch to riches, while gaining love, social status, wealth and power. Those in power, typically involving bribery, portray corruption as dishonest or fraudulent conduct. This applies to the western world where corruption is contributing to the downfall of society. Corruption in society is what leads us to think of the nation in a pessimistic way. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s vision of America is negative and his depiction is that when man is concerned with only his success, the result is corruption.
The American Dream came to mean fame and fortune, instead of a promise that shaped a nation. (David Kamp, Vanity Fair) This so- called dream has done incredible damage to our companies and corporations in America... ... middle of paper ... ...ur promises of this country began to wither, and the nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable. The next generations must lower their sights, we know that it is mankind’s nature to have selfish and foolish characters, but we have got to act now. The way Arthur Miller depicts the Loman’s truly criticizes the fact that wealth and success are not the most significant attributes in real life. Death of a Salesman is a red light, it is another example of how America adopts one million ideas and dreams for success.
This shows us that Gatsby's involvement with bootlegging as well as other illegal business causes him to be engulfed with greed and power which distracting him from his main goal of winning daisy back. This all shows us that wealth can change and corrupt individuals and put them in a disillusionment no matter where they came from or why they wish to obtain it. In the end Fitzgerald says that obtaining wealth is a part of life that can change and most of the time destroy the moral dignities of man and give him a selfish and corrupted view of the world as if wealth was a disease upon the minds of men.
Accurately established by many historians, the capitalists who shaped post-Civil War industrial America were regarded as corrupt “robber barons”. In a society in which there was a severe imbalance in the dynamics of the economy, these selfish individuals viewed this as an opportunity to advance in their financial status. Thus, they acquired fortunes for themselves while purposely overseeing the struggles of the people around them. Presented in Document A, “as liveried carriage appear; so do barefooted children”, proved to be a true description of life during the 19th century. In hopes of rebuilding America, the capitalists’ hunger for wealth only widened the gap between the rich and poor.
The Great Gatsby: A Tarnished American Dream Thesis: In his influential book The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald recognizes and describes many of the less alluring characteristics of the 1920's and the pursuit of the American Dream including dysfunctional relationships, materialism and classism. The American dream states that people can work themselves up "from rags to riches" by hard work.1 For this reason, the new society has developed dreams of the blind pursuit of material, wealth, and economic success. F. Scott Fitzgerald realizes this big change in society, and considering the fact that he is a fighter for the old values, this novelist tries to warn people not to continue this wrong way. The ideal of the American Dream is based on the fantasy that an individual can achieve success regardless of family history, race, or religion simply by working hard enough. Dysfunctional relationships, according to Fitzgerald's way of writing, are based on infidelity, carelessness, and loveless couples.
Gatsby’s life reeked of self-indulgence and his actions were far from pure and virtuous, which are the main principle of this “Dream”. Gatsby, along with Tom and Daisy, represent the Americans corrupted by wealth, prosperity and success. It is because of their mindset, that the “American Dream” was tarnished in the first
They do this because secretly and even overtly the American people envy these captain of industries as success stories that the wish to become just like. The most recent example of the culture of greed in America ruining the lives of millions of innocent human beings was the 2008 financial crisis. Bankers, hedge fund managers will the help of friendly politicians, single handedly destroyed the world economy. The did this by first removing regulation of derivatives and the bank 's ability to use leverage. Then the bankers risked their own firms as well as millions of homeowners livelihoods, simply to get a larger bonus for themselves.
Digging deeper, however, it is clear that the novel is more than just a love affair between Gatsby and Daisy; rather it is an accurate reflection of the 1920s. The Great Gatsby depicts the corruption and human depravity of the times to illustrate how the American Dream is marked by greed and lack of moral values. Primarily, F. Scott Fitzgerald condemns the lack of morality during the 1920s in The Great Gatsby. His portrayal of the 1920s describes a time when society was very materialistic and was obsessed with money. People would do absolutely anything, no matter how unethical, to attain the American Dream; but what they did not realize was that money cannot buy happiness.