Essay On The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream is defined as the improvement of one’s self while obtaining such things as love, wealth, status, and power as one reaches the top. The dream has had different distinctions throughout the years but keeps the bases of a desire of something greater. In the past century, the ideology has transformed into the idea of owning a big house with multiple cars and a bank full of money as the indication that you have “made it.” In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author navigates his readers into a life filled with gregarious parties and extravagant cars when a man named Nick meets the untouchable Gatsby. Unable to move away from past, Gatsby devotes his life to acquire wealth and status in order to reconcile with the love of his life. The characters in the novel attempt to define their happiness with materialistic objects but the author demonstrate the truth by illustrating the illusions of the American Dream. Gatsby believes that by fulfilling his dreams he could finally obtain happiness. He is capable of doing anything to acquire it so he turns to suspicious business deals in order to “make it big.” His naïve view of wealth was not ready for its reality so he is quickly corrupted by the snobby community that surrounds him. “He gives large parties” where large amounts of guests from all over New York arrive, without being invited, to prove their social status. As the orchestra with “a whole pit full of oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets and piccolos and low and high drums”(44) produce music that fills the atmosphere and “lights grow bigger”(44) corruption is easy to spot. Nick looks around and “most of the remaining women [are] now having fights with men said to be their husb... ... middle of paper ... ... bring and that money does not always mean happiness. Many people describe “The American Dream” as a life full of happiness and material comfort acquired by an individual but F. Scott Fitzgerald challenges this to elucidate the darkness that wealth can pull one in. As illustrated by characters such as Gatsby that is surrounded by so much materialism, for which his idealism is not primed for, leads to the tarnish of his dreams of success. He is too blinded to see the money could not buy love or happiness. Daisy and Tom, living a life full of lies and infidelity, serve as proof to the unhappiness that success can bring. Jordan Baker confirms that money dulls ones morals which only increases the speed of corruption. F. Scott Fitzgerald effectively offers a powerful message of a corrupt society due to its materialistic ideology and the destructive reality it provides.
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