For example, Jordan Baker is described as always being bored with an unaffected look. These character portrayals makes readers question if wealth and luxury is really necessary. The unhappy and careless people of both the East and West Egg represent the immorality and corruption that wealth can bring. Gatsby’s dream was ruined by his own materialistic views. His dream of success transformed into a nightmare that ultimately led to his death.
Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald criticizes the American dream very elaborately and shows the idea of the American dream to be connected with the goal of achieving wealth. Fitzgerald does not praise wealth in the Great Gatsby but condemns it by drawing attention to the dreadful fall made by Gatsby. Fitzgerald finds the desire of wealth to be a corrupting impact on people. Throughout the novel, the characters with money contradict the idea of the American dream. They are portrayed to be very snobbish and unhappy people.
Tom and Daisy Buchanan are a perfect example of what happened to people who got too caught up in materialism and status. Over the course of the novel, Nick grows to despise his cousins. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things in creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made… (Fitzgerald 179). Although Tom and Daisy seem to have the perfect life, they are extremely unhappy on the inside and in their relationship. They are corrupt along with the rest of society and toss away their only chance of a happy life in order to have a lavish lifestyle.
This in turn causes the demise of humanity. Therefore, in the Great Gatsby the disintegration of modern society and culture can be seen through the deficiency of religion, commitment, and honesty. The lack of virtues in the story can first be seen by the character’s lack of faith. In Fitzgerald’s book, society is in chaos, and crime is everywhere. They have turned away from a deity and have embraced lavish lifestyles.
People would do absolutely anything, no matter how unethical, to attain the American Dream; but what they did not realize was that money cannot buy happiness. The valley of ashes between West Egg and New York City, a “grey land with spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it” (Fitzgerald 27), truly epitomizes the moral decay of that time period. It reflects the greed people had and how they cared about nothing but their own pleasures. Tom Buchanan is clearly an immoral character. He states, “It’s up to us who are the dominant race to watch out or these other races will have control of things” (Fitzgerald 17).
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 American Dream came to mean fame and fortune, instead of a promise that shaped a nation. (David Kamp, Vanity Fair) This so- called dream has done incredible damage to our companies and corporations in America... ... middle of paper ... ...ur promises of this country began to wither, and the nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable. The next generations must lower their sights, we know that it is mankind’s nature to have selfish and foolish characters, but we have got to act now. The way Arthur Miller depicts the Loman’s truly criticizes the fact that wealth and success are not the most significant attributes in real life. Death of a Salesman is a red light, it is another example of how America adopts one million ideas and dreams for success.
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Nearly all Republicans, ranging from moder... ... middle of paper ... ...uction era, democracy in the United States was completely unsuccessful, and most of the reason for this failure can be attributed to Andrew Johnson. A democratic government is meant to be indirectly run by the people, thus it is essential for their views to be considered. However, Johnson completely disregarded their opinions, and strove in vain to accomplish his own objectives. By doing this he alienated potential allies and his entire plan for reconstruction was disastrous. “Andrew John’s greatest weakness was his insensitivity to public opinion.
(... ... middle of paper ... ...!"(p. 96) This is a rather profound statement that affects not only the characters in the novel, but the reader as well, rather intensely. Thus, it becomes palpable that society, in other words, the jury attempted to fabricate and impose rational explanations for Meursault's irrational actions. The fact that he was so straightforward and onest was disruptive and threatening to their society as they were not accustomed to it, and therefore, they saw no meaning, which would consequently create chaos in their orderly lives.