He felt that with money came many other advantages to life. Gatsby’s sole purpose for acquiring wealth was to win back his old love. When Gatsby first met Daisy he was underprivileged and considered unworthy because of his lower class status. He knew that while he was poor there was no chance of them ever uniting as a couple. “I was poor”, Gatsby had no money and he thought that Daisy “was tired of waiting around for me” (131).
He’s blinded by his luxurious possessions that he does not see that money cannot buy love or happiness. Fitzgerald sho... ... middle of paper ... .... Jay Gatsby devoted his life to belonging to the exclusive group but it becomes obvious that he never will belong because of his disreputable background, it should also be noted that Gatsby’s romantic idealism does not fit in with his group no matter how far up the social ladder he climbed, he would never really fit in. The great irony seems to be that people who have the means monetary or socially to grasp their dreams do not have the motivation or the will. After a closer look on this novel The Great Gatsby is a profound social commentary on the corrupt and disillusioning effects that materialism or wealth can have on society. This novel displays the characteristics of being bored, disenchanted and unmotivated.
Gatsby's Pursuit of the American Dream The American Dream means that by persistently working hard, one can achieve success; this is in contrast to other countries where the immigrants came from, in which one was either born into money and privilege or not, and if you weren't, there was no way of achieving this success. The American Dream eliminated the barriers between people that social class had held for centuries in Europe. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, shows the corruption of the American Dream from what it used to be in the past. Not only does Jay Gatsby achieve his success without hard work, but this success is not a matter of being able to achieve just like every other person. His success is just a result of the 'I want'; materialism of Gatsby's time, the 1920's.
This idea is expressed in much of Fitzgerald’s writing. From an early age he had an “intensely romantic imagination” (F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography); he longed for a life of passion, fame and luxury. F. Scott Fitzgerald was not just one of America’s most prestigious short-story writer and novelist, he was also a celebrity. His writing is famous for its depictions of the Jazz Age in the 1920s. The Jazz Age during which Fitzgerald wrote “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” was a very complex period for United States.
At the beginning, Nick recognized Gatsby’s flaws and scorned his values, but by the end of the novel, Nick finds something heroic and noble in Gatsby’s vision and his extraordinary gift for hope. Gatsby was the son of a family of poor farmers, but he didn’t even consider them as his family at all. All he had to start was his Platonic conception of himself, which he was determined to make reality, and no amount of fire could challenge the fairytale vision he had for his life. He rose to riches, albeit by criminal activities, gaining the title of “new money”. He lived in West Egg, where all the “new money” folks lived, across from white palaces of old moneyed East Egg.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defined the American Dream as, “An American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity; also: the prosperity or life that is the realization of this ideal,” (1). Jay Gatsby lives his life based on the idea that if he has large amounts of money and the woman that he believes to be his true love, Daisy, he will be living the American Dream. However, things don’t work the way that he is expecting because the truth always comes out and for Gatsby, it ends his life. Jay Gatsby was born into a poor family living in a small town. He grew up an intelligent and ambitious boy whom set his goals in life to ha... ... middle of paper ... ... people in his life that would and could be there for him and love him for who he was instead of how much money he made.
For years, he traveled for his work many times that he never had the opportunity to truly get to know his own sons. As a result he did not love them as a father should, his love for his son, Biff, was based on his achievements as an athlete. And when Biff was not able to go to University of Virginina, Willy was so devastated that he no longer loved Biff how he once did before. He was disgusted that Biff had become a bum, Biff had different jobs working at farms. Willy wants Biff to be the successful man that he never was and feels that Biff will not achieve success in the occupation he has taken.
Gatz, an impoverished farmer. From an early age, James loathed this hardship his family faced and longed for nothing less than great fortune. Fahimeh Keshmiri brings to light this hatred young James had for his financial situation in “The Disillusionment of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Dreams and Ideals in The Great Gatsby,” an article published in Theory and Practice in Language Studies – “At his youth, Gatsby detested poverty and yearned for prosperity and superiority” (1296). Keshmiri then continues to prove this claim by mentioning the fact that Gatsby could not complete his college studies because he could not handle working as a janitor to pay his tuition. Upon Gatsby’s death, his father shows Nick Carraway one of James’ old books with a daily schedule and general resolutions inscribed on the back cover.
His boss was looking to fire him for a long time. His whole life, he has had the wrong idea. “Success doesn’t come from just luck, popularity, or personality. All throughout the Death of a Salesman, Loman tells his two sons, Biff and Happy, that the key to success in life is to be “well liked” and that all you need is “a smile and a shoeshine.” (Brett) However, Willy completely ignored his true calling of working with his hands, to become a business man. He was so infatuated with the American Dream, he didn’t realize that he wasn’t a good Salesman, and would have succeeded as ... ... middle of paper ... ...ity to indulge in a world that doesn’t exist.
John Smith, Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman all spend their lives trying for something extraordinary. Gatsby and Loman seek to fulfill the very dream which brought John Smith to America, the American dream. A dream in which one comes to American and preserves themselves and " may quickly grow rich" (Descriptions of New England). However, all fail to realize that the American Dream would not be a dream if all could achieve it, and more importantly that a dream by its very nature is not real . In John Smith’s “A description of New England “ he writes about, In his writing he says that “May quickly grow rich” in the new world.