The American Dream The American Dream was the philosophy that brought people to America and to start a new life in a strange, foreign land. Due to this dream, it was believed that America was the land of opportunity, wealth, and prosperity. The dream consists of three components: all men are equal, man can trust and should help his fellow man, and the good, virtuous and hard working are rewarded. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is a condemnation of American Society and focuses on its downfall. This holds true for three of the main characters in the novel, Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, and Daisy Buchanan.
In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, conveyed his belief that wealth and materialism corrupted the American Dream. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows his disapproval of the times by portraying characters attempting to achieve their American Dream by any means possible. Myrtle Wilson, a low class inhabitant of the valley of ashes, puts her morals to the side when pursuing the wealthy life. Not even marriage stops Myrtle from having an affair with Tom Buchanan-- a rich man who enables her to finally buy the life she thinks she deserves. Not only does Myrtle cheat on her own husband, but she has an affair with someone who caught her eye with "a dress suit and patent leather shoes and [she] couldn't keep [her] eyes off him" (Fitzgerald 40).
Web. 28 Mar. 2014 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004.
Even though each character cheats in his or her own different way they all do it for the same reason, which is to be wealthy and have high social class. The theme for this novel is sometimes it is worse to live a life full of lies and riches than to live a life of normality. Jay Gatsby is in love with Daisy and wants to spend the rest of his life with her but unfortunately, when they first met, he couldn’t. In the novel, Gatsby says that the only reason Daisy didn’t marry him was because he was poor. So in order to win Daisy, Gatsby had to be rich.
His main character, Jay Gatsby, spent his whole life trying to become rich enough to win the heart of a now married Daisy. He became rich by bootlegging, selling alcohol illegally. In the end, he ultimately didn't win Daisy’s heart. She instead stayed with her husband, Tom Buchanan, as she rather have a predictable future, rather than an uncertain one. In the novel, Fitzgerald explores the corruption of wealth and how it causes suffering to others, while the rich themselves don’t face the consequences.
The novel “The Great Gatsby” reveals the reader the failure of the American dream values and the consequences when living that kind of life. The reader can see that the money and wealth are the synonyms of the happiness in this novel. However, it is a veracious fact that people cannot buy happiness for money. James Gatz, who made himself in pursuit of stability in wealth, is the example of a crash of the American dream canons. Gatsby, this name he took to conquer the world, had “something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life” (Fitzgerald 2).
New York: Scribner, 2013. Print. Fitzgerald, F. Scott, Matthew J. Buccoli, and Fredson Bowers. The Great Gatsby. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006.
Before he was rich, Jay met a girl named Daisy. They fell in love with each other but Daisy did not want to marry him because he was not rich. Jay goes off to serve in the war and when he came back, Daisy was married to a rich man. Gatsby decides to get rich to get Daisy. He becomes a bootlegger and illegally gets very rich.
Jay Gatsby is in love with Daisy for five years. However, the war makes him go to fight, leaving Daisy behind. When he is leaving her, he promises to himself that he will come back to Daisy as an opulent man and win her heart. It is easily assumed that Jay never stops to think about her during the war, college, or at any other point in his life. Even five years later, when Daisy is already married, Jay reveals his obsession with her: "Look at this," said Gatsby quickly.
Daisy Buchanan and Gatsby were formerly lovers but they had not seen each other for almost five years. Their relationship ended suddenly when Gatsby left to go to war. Shortly after their relationship ended, Daisy became engaged to a young man who is extremely rich, Tom Buchanan. Jordan, a friend of Daisy’s in discussion with Nick Gatsby’s neighbor and Daisy’s cousin, tells a story about what happened with Daisy after Gatsby left for war: By the next autumn she was gay again, gay as ever. She had a debut after the Armistice, and i... ... middle of paper ... ...om never experienced the repercussions for her actions because she and Tom used their money to once again to free themselves from hardship.