The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, pulls away the curtain and with immense detail portrays the ugly and ignorance of the people and life during the 1920’s. It shrouds light on early America in a corruptive and dishonest time. The American Dream had now been crooked and fraudulent as cheap liquor, huge parties, loosely hung morals, and money beyond dreams was a new way of life. This desire for wealth had caused citizens to be lost and lose control, throwing money left and right. Jay Gatsby started out poor and a self-made man guided by only hope. He believed money could achieve everything, specifically love and happiness. Fitzgerald interpreted how dreams can corrupt and poison the mind, blinding oneself as they became garnished in wealth. As Gatsby continued to rise in fame and power and amassed a mansion that glowed like “the World’s Fair,” he began to meet snobbish, condescending-like people. Gatsby, being raised differently, tried to associate himself like these people. He threw lavish parties for the sake of something greater, that is, for Daisy Buchanan. Tom Buchanan, born from a wealthy family, strived for something greater. Described as, “One of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax,” he was not only bored, but also snobbish and know as, “hulking,” with an aggressive, flared temper. Even as the husband of Daisy he searches for excitement and happiness and resorts to an affair. Fitzgerald further reinstates that wealth and power do not equal happiness something that Gatsby, blinded by his dream, will not hear to. Fitzgerald has done more than craft a love story. His novel states how corruptive and crooked the term American Dream ... ... middle of paper ... ...earching for a purpose in our lives, our calling. Fitzgerald describes this, “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter-tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms farther.” In conclusion, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel shows us the true meaning of the American Dream and its sad demise by the wealthy and power-hungry. His work in the death of James Gatz in his novel portrays the end of the American Dream. Gatz, although born poor, was one of the few, if not only boy that worked his way up into wealth. He followed his only hope and dream, bore consequences and learned from morals. The death of himself was caused by his blindness of Daisy’s only need, wealth. He died living his American Dream a dream he thought and carried along with him up until his last.

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