Given these points, because of the importance of being rich in the society, Tom becomes selfish by wanting always a little more. All things considered, the social feelings of the 1920s clearly affect the character in the novel. They take immoral decisions and they follow the wrong values of the time. Gatsby is carried away by the world of consumerism and involves himself in criminal activities to get a woman. On the other hand, Tom, born in the world of richness, feels superior and pushes the consumerism idea to the extreme.
Gatsby learned this lesson the hard way, giving up his spiritual vision of love and losing it to the emptiness associated with wealth. Fitzgerald realized the confusion in the 1920’s of a culture based around wealth and used his novel to expose the blandness of wealthy lifestyles in contrast with the human feeling of love. If love were a color it would be red, and if it had a mind of it’s own it would remain far from the gray “Valley of ashes” (27) of New York in the 20’s. Gatsby unfortunately combined those two worlds together and the gray dusted over the red. In the end, Gatsby is murdered, Tom and Daisy continue like zombies, and Nick, disenfranchised, decides to leave altogether.
Not only did it ruin the Wilson’s family but it also ruined the chances of Gatsby having a life of happiness. American dream is thought to bring happiness and success in life, but the novel, The Great Gatsby, says otherwise. Throughout Gatsby’s life the American dream fueled his passions but it lead to devastation and failures. Not only that, the social classes, ambitions, and materialism of the other characters show the corruption of the American dream. Overall, the American dream is depicted as corrupted and alludes the reader that it is an illusion that the society creates.
Ultimately, Tom is quite saddened by Myrtle’s death, not because he loved her as a person, but because he loved having control over her. Now that she is dead, Tom is no longer a man of power as that power has been destroyed. Thus, in the novel according to Fitzgerald, when man focuses solely on success from power, corruption is the result. Therefore, the author supports the vision that intense pursuit of success by the individual leads to their corruption and ultimately a more corrupt society. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald has a pessimistic vision of America and his depiction is that when man concerns himself with only his success, the result is corruption.
The American Nightmare: A true depiction of America in the Great Gatsby Lies, corruption, and carelessness of the wealthy summarized America during the 1920’s. The entire concept of the class system, socio-economic tiers, and the route towards success were all unethical during the Roaring Twenties. Contrary to most previous writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts the “American Dream” in The Great Gatsby in light of its true and twisted self. The flawed side of this heavily acclaimed notion of the “American Dream” is seen; it turns out to be a mere misconception and only benefits the wealthy, while the vast majority struggle for decent conditions in their everyday lives. Fitzgerald satirizes the “American Dream” through Gatsby’s character and shows how unorthodox methods were used to obtain such remarkable goals.
However, to enforce the societal corruption evident in the twenties, Fitzgerald contradicts the notion of the successful dreamer by indicating, instead, that dreamers during this era led the most ill-fated lives of all. Dan Cody exemplifies th... ... middle of paper ... ...vel, The Great Gatsby. Works Cited Piper, Henry Dan. "Social Criticism in the American Novel in the 1920s." The American Novel and the Nineteen Twenties.
Societally, it would be absurd, out of hand, and without a doubt completely unacceptable. In the end of the novel, the reason for Gatsby's failure to achieve his dream is made quite clear. Fitzgerald makes abundantly clear to the reader of his novel that Gatsby failed to achieve his idyllic, and sadly American, dream of marrying Daisy—the woman he loved more than anything in the whole entire world— because of an acute and oppressive class-consciousness, a class-consciousness that separated Gatsby from the traditional aristocracy, which included Daisy, although Gatsby's fortune was just as great; a class-consciousness which made women in Fitzgerald's novel nervous about such a marriage; and, a class-consciousness which made society reject the marriage altogether as unfathomable and completely unacceptable.
In the novel, The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel was written in the 1920's and during that time society had no civilized manners, they only cared about money. Because the society has no ethics they hurt others and do not realize how greedy they are. The author uses different characters throughout the novel to present his theme. Symbols can also be found in The Great Gatsby. An example would be West Egg which represents the recent rich and East Egg which represents the established upper classes.
Fitzgerald’s narrator, Nick Carraway, suddenly finds himself submerged in the paper-thin morals, and shallow values of upper-class New York after migrating from the Western interior. Throughout the novel, Nick is highly cynical of American society. Thus, The Great Gatsby is Fitzgerald’s means of criticizing the worsening family structure of American society, the newfound materialistic lifestyles of Americans, an American society governed by corruption, and ultimately, the paradox of the American Dream. Fitzgerald’s characters and his own personal beliefs seem to suggest that he is mocking the weakness of American family life during the 1920’s. Throughout the novel, the most prominent of Fitzgerald’s characters are involved in extra marital relationships.
One of the American Dream's greatest causes for its death is materialism. This means that the modern values turned the American Dream's wholesome principles into materialistic ones making people lack ideals and have their appearance as a privilege. On the other hand, the American Dream also fades way due to infidelity. With this term it is meant that people were unfaithful to their respective partners showing no respect at all among them and having no principles. Finally, the destruction of the American Dream is also caused by the lack of solidarity of this society shown in the novel.