The Death Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is set in the 1920s when the Jazz Age was at its peak, and immigrants seeking fast fortune set their eyes to the United States to obtain the American Dream. Fitzgerald’s theme throughout the novel is the idea that the American Dream that many individuals set out to obtain a rags to riches story is a myth. Gatsby and George Wilson are portrayals of those who strive to gain wealth as fast as possible, and will do anything in their power to get what they want. As society framed the American dream as an optimistic form of pursuing your goals, Fitzgerald makes a stubble nod and racial hierarchies that were formed from this idea. Though they represent individuals striving for a better life, their goals and social status within the community are immensely different, and their deaths at the end of the novel symbolize the death and decline of the American dream. The time in which Fitzgerald wrote this in describes it as (find the quote nick says in the book). That people living in this time were carefree, finding anyway to have a good time in the height of prohibition. Racial hierarchies were presented in this novel during the scene where Nick and Gatsby “…crossed Blackwell 's Island a limousine passed us, driven by a white chauffeur, in which sat three modish Negroes, two bucks and a girl. I …show more content…

Especially in the hotel room where Daisy proclaims “I did love him once—but I love you too” then later on when she says “Even alone I can’t say I never loved Tom…it wouldn’t be true” (140). This is the turning point where the dream of having the love of his life escapes for good, and cannot accept it. He is under the impression that she is going to leave Tom in the morning and move into Gatsby’s mansion because, he is under the impression that there is still hope she has more love for him than for

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