A Corrupted Society In the 1920s, the American territory is transformed by a new dream that touches its population. The American Dream, which is in brief to achieve a perfect life and having everything you want, causes in part decadence, excess, and disillusionment. Being wealthy is certainly one of the main accomplishments that characterized the American society. Through his characters, the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald reveals the consequences of this dream on the population. The immorality of the characters of Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan is due to the corrupted values popularized by the American Dream.
The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about Jay Gatsby’s pursuit of the American Dream and his inevitable downfall as he tries to reach this imaginary goal. The typical idea behind the American dream is too be happy in any means necessary and the characters try to achieve this happiness with large amounts of money and this leads to dissapointment and unhappiness in the characters. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby believes that one can acquire happiness through the accumulation of wealth. In the novel, characters perception of the American dream is perfection. Perfection is an unattainable goal and leaves the characters in disappointment.
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).
Fitzgerald's Corrupt View of Society in The Great Gatsby "What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story," was said of Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is about the American Society at its worst and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. The idea is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness. To get his happiness Jay Gatsby must reach into the past and relive an old dream. In order to achieve his dream, he must have wealth and power.
One reason that Gatsby's dream is never accomplished is because his wealth takes over his integrity. His high social status causes Gatsby to focus on immediate indulgences, rather than long-term pleasures of life, such as his dream. Gatsby not only throws parties for Daisy, but he feeds off th... ... middle of paper ... ...re of the American Dream in that wealth takes over his life. He loses sight of everything that is important to him and ends up living a meaningless existence. Today, Americans get so wrapped up in the immediate glory of things that they don't take time to see what is really happening and what or who they deeply, honestly care about.
However as optimistic as it was, Gatsby was ignorant to the truths hovering around him. Although Gatsby’s intentions were good many times he became confused in what he really wished for. Gatsby believed that if he overcame the poverty of his early life and became someone new he would be able to capture the heart of his beloved Daisy, a woman whose materialistic outlook on life led Gatsby to extremities. Gatsby threw around large amounts of money as if it was nothing in an attempt to win over the heart of his beloved Daisy. He even threw incredibly lavish parties in hope that Daisy would attend one giving him t... ... middle of paper ... ...kest way possible.
In the novel, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author establishes materialism and wealth as a corruption to the American dream. The American dream embodies the idea of self-sufficient, honest and intelligent individual with a happy successful life. It is also the idea of the pursuit of happiness but Daisy Buchanan a wealthy aristocrat goes after the empty pursuit of pleasure, portraying her character as a disillusionment of the American dream and how much it lost its good values. The wealthy are blinded by all their money, such as the Buchanan’s who forget the real idea of the American dream leading them to having no morals or values. The money gives them the ability to walk all over others, careless of whom they hurt and affect.
The American Dream is portrayed by a dreamer who pursues to progress form scratch to riches, while gaining love, social status, wealth and power. Those in power, typically involving bribery, portray corruption as dishonest or fraudulent conduct. This applies to the western world where corruption is contributing to the downfall of society. Corruption in society is what leads us to think of the nation in a pessimistic way. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s vision of America is negative and his depiction is that when man is concerned with only his success, the result is corruption.
The American Dream, in the 1920’s, turned into a greedy system of obtaining wealth. Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, and Jordan Baker demonstrate that the American Dream has become corrupt through their symbolism in The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald. The American Dream is about the pursuit of happiness, and that everyone is equal in opportunity to obtain happiness. Yes, if you want to make money and become wealthy, you can do that, given that you work hard enough. But this is where things start to get corrupt.
The “American Dream” was originally centered around the pursuit of happiness, but during this time was contaminated by greed and corruption. Americans were blinded by materialistic wealth, prosperity and fame. America, once the land of equal opportunity, now became engrossed in becoming successful by any means necessary. In turn, moral values and family ties took a backseat and were no longer the center of society. The poor were exploited by the rich for their own personal gain.