Despite Gatsby’s fancy house and glamorous parties, he is missing a crucial part of his American dream: Daisy. While Gatsby was fighting in the war, his one true love, Daisy, married Tom, who was wealthy, so Gatsby figured that in order to win Daisy back, he needed to have money so he could provide her everything she wanted. Nick explains, “He hadn 't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real. Once he nearly toppled down a flight of stairs” (Fitzgerald 91).
Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald criticizes the American dream very elaborately and shows the idea of the American dream to be connected with the goal of achieving wealth. Fitzgerald does not praise wealth in the Great Gatsby but condemns it by drawing attention to the dreadful fall made by Gatsby. Fitzgerald finds the desire of wealth to be a corrupting impact on people. Throughout the novel, the characters with money contradict the idea of the American dream. They are portrayed to be very snobbish and unhappy people.
Jay Gatsby, in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is one of the few that achieves this American dream. But the story’s tragic ending shows that the American dream is corrupted and that it does not grant happiness, as stated in The American dream by LuElla Putnam, “American dream as being a destructive force rather than a beneficial one” (1). Throughout the novel, the belief of the American dream is specially emphasized as corrupted through social classes, ambition, and materialism. Social class in a society creates a division of power. The wealthy men controls the society while the poor works diligently in order to survive and reach their dreams.
His dream of success transformed into a nightmare that ultimately led to his death. Gatsby and the Buchanans are proof that wealth does not equate to happiness or success. Gatsby’s romantic idealism is so great that he does not understand how wealth cannot bring happiness or love. Fitzgerald’s novel is great reminder to those with materialistic views about the detrimental effects the “American dream” can have on society.
However as optimistic as it was, Gatsby was ignorant to the truths hovering around him. Although Gatsby’s intentions were good many times he became confused in what he really wished for. Gatsby believed that if he overcame the poverty of his early life and became someone new he would be able to capture the heart of his beloved Daisy, a woman whose materialistic outlook on life led Gatsby to extremities. Gatsby threw around large amounts of money as if it was nothing in an attempt to win over the heart of his beloved Daisy. He even threw incredibly lavish parties in hope that Daisy would attend one giving him t... ... middle of paper ... ...kest way possible.
By doing this illegally, it reveals that he is unwilling to work hard and would rather cheat his way towards success. Alberto Lena expands this topic by saying “In fact, money earned without labor was an invitation to corruption in the eyes of a Republican nation and it was assumed that hereditary wealth had caused the decline of Europe” (41). People who earn their money by cheating are destined to become corrupt. Gatsby himself is left with nothing at the end of the novel. The original definition of the American Dream presumes that an individual is only successful if they earned their money through hard work.
Gatsby at one time was also not being true to himself which shows a loss ... ... middle of paper ... ... of pleasure and money. This one dream once included individuality, happiness, and discovery has changed to a more materialistic dream. The Great Gatsby has become a symbolic novel for what money and newfound prosperity can do to a society. It is symbolic for America and how the corruption of the American Dream can cause the corruption of the world. Works Cited Bloom, Harold, ed.
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. Corrupt values, greed, and the empty pursuit of pleasure are all parts of the downfall of the American Dream. The idea of an American Dream first started in the Declaration of Independence, as people are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The Dream was suppose to be a life of personal happiness and material comfort. However, as money became easy to get and as social values loosened up, the American Dream changed, turning it into an immoral and corrupt passion.
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.
From the beginning Gatsby puts himself beside God, believing he is capable of achieving the impossible and being what he sees as great. Gatsby blinds himself of reality by idolizing this valueless way of life, ultimately guiding him to a corrupt lifestyle. While driving, Nick observes Gatsby curiously: “He hurried the phrase ‘educated at Oxford,’ or swallowed it, or choked on it, as though it had bothered him before. And with this doubt, his whole statement fell to pieces…” (Fitzgerald 65). To fulfill his aspirations Gatsby desires to be seen an admirable and affluent man in society wh... ... middle of paper ... ... of him, but always lived in the past which stopped him from getting what he truly wanted.