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.
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.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the American Dream and its corruption through the evolution of a society from the wealth and social statuses they achieved. One way that Fitzgerald illustrates the American Dream and its corruption is through the decay of moral and social values. Once the American Dream has transformed to a more materialistic view, the loss of moral and social values began to happen. Society was becoming lost in wealth which leads to greed. The pursuit of happiness turned into the pursuit of pleasure.
However, although Willy is entranced by these illusions, the reality is that he is not a successful salesman and is fired. He also thinks Biff should be making good money and blames his son’s failure on his laziness. But it is Willy who has se... ... middle of paper ... ...d a the country” (129), and that is the capitalist system, which is supposed to make life better for everyone. Steinbeck creates a connection between the rotten grapes and the moral decay among the businessmen because of their greed, a vice that is poisoning the American promise by bringing great hardship with little hope for a better future. In conclusion, both of these works use the deep personal loss of their characters to represent the greater dilemma posed by an American Dream that is elusive and, at least for them, never fulfilled.
As Jay Gatsby pursues this dream, his dream itself becomes corrupted, as the way he achieves his dream is immoral and ill passion. After World War I, society faced a dramatic change. As the stock market rises, it led to an increase in national wealth, making money easily to be gain. In the story, Jay Gatsby, or James Gatz is a believer of the American Dream, as he purses it throughout his life. Af... ... middle of paper ... ...the book, tries to achieve his version of the American Dream.
Fitzgerald wrote that people have a natural tendency to desire wealth and status, that wealth and status cannot and will not make one happy, and that the desire for wealth and status can result in undesired consequences. The 1920’s was a time of great wealth in the United States and people searched only to obtain money, whether it was legally or illegally. Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby is the ideal example of a person who attempted to get rich quick during the Jazz Age. He was born poor and gained his riches from rumored bootlegging. Fitzgerald wrote, “Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry” (Fitzgerald 88).
Success and fortune have been a downfall in the search for the American Dream. It has corrupted society’s ethics in all, family values and morals, and psychological well-being. In part to the fact that “The American Dream” and the way Americans wish to live can be unreachable by the average person. Society once was based on truth, passion, and liberty for all but now is a mere illusion, focusing on money, power and how to reach it; portraying materialism and wealth as the “American Dream” and self-actualization, as portrayed by Miller in Death of a Salesman. The American Dream came to mean fame and fortune, instead of a promise that shaped a nation.
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.
The Great Gatsby takes place during the roaring twenties a time and an era of non conformity, and a general movement of society, away from the old traditional values of the American dream. In the Great Gatsby Fitzgerald creates characters, some of which follow the true American dream and those who corrupt the American dream in the desire for wealth and power in society. Their wealth creates a false sense of security, which lead to the corruption of moral values. During the novel, symbolism is a used to convey the moral depravity of the high class during the 1920’s. In the Great Gatsby Fitzgerald illustrates the decay of morals and ethical values upheld by those of a generation, through many unique and interesting characters.
The novel explores the shallowness of the upper class and the fruitless pursuit of the American dream that eventually ends in vain. Through Jay Gatsby’s attempt to live his own dream, Fitzgerald presents his view of a disillusioned society, fraught with the hollowness of the rich and the pursuit of the unachievable American Dream, that eventually spiral into desperation and disappointment. During this time period, one’s success is often equated to one’s wealth–the richer a person is, the higher up he is on the social ladder, and therefore the more successful he is. However, success does not always guarantee happiness. When Nick, the narrator, first goes to Tom’s house, he encounters Daisy and Jordan, who are both extremely wealthy women, lying on a couch.