DVD. Universal, 1999.
What is the American dream? As American, the idea of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have been ingrained in the fabric of our society as the American Dream. It is the notion that regardless of where a person comes from, through hard work and dedication, one can achieve their American Dream. The fictional character portrayed in F. Scott Fitzgerald novel “The Great Gatsby” are no different. The novel takes place in the summer 1922 during a decade of great social changes in America.
Fitzgerald, like Gatsby, was ultimately consumed by his relentless pursuit of satisfaction in materialistic affairs. By writing The Great Gatsby as a reflection of his own life, Fitzgerald attempted to preach that the American Dream was a false promise that would lead to one’s destruction. However, his message was, for the most part, drowned out by the noise and decadence of the Jazz Age. Dying as a failed prophet, America remained the glittering jewel of the world, tantalizing to the hundreds of thousands of money-hungry onlookers, foolishly believing in the false promise of virtue. America, the land of greed and rampant materialism, glittering and alluring, waiting for its next