When he came back from the war Daisy had grown impatient of waiting for him and married a man named Tom Buchanan. Gatsby now has two coinciding dreams to chase after - wealth and love. Symbols in the story, such as the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock, the contrast between the East Egg and West Egg, and the death of Myrtle, Gatsby, and Wilson work together to expose a larger theme in the story. Gatsby develops this idea that wealth can bring anything - status, love, and even the past; but what Gatsby doesn't realize is that wealth can only bring so much, and it’s this fatal mistake that leads to the death of his dreams. The green light at the end of the Buchanan’s dock symbolizes Gatsby’s lust for wealth and power, and also his dream of having Daisy.
The storyline illustrates the dissolution of the American dream in an era of unparalleled prosperity and material intemperance. Fitzgerald portrays the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values, shown in the films cynicism, greed, and empty pursuit of pleasure. The recklessness that led to decadent parties and wild jazz music, shown in The Great Gatsby by the lavish parties that Gatsby throws every Saturday night, resulted ultimately in the corruption of the American dream, as the uninhibited desire for money and pleasure exceeded more noble goals. The dizzying rise of the stock market in the aftermath of the war led to a sudden, sustained increase in the national wealth and a newfound materialism, as people began to spend and consume at unprecedented levels. A person from any social background could, potentially, make a fortune.
Arthur Miller's tragic drama is a probing portrait of the typical American mind portraying an extreme craving for success and superior status in a world otherwise unproductive. To some extent, therefore, Death of Salesman evokes the decline of a man into lunacy and the subsequent effect this... ... middle of paper ... ... worthwhile, I believe that he even thought that his own seeds, his children, did not grow into the men that he wanted them to be, so therefore his life is a waste of space in his "garden" Miller's intention in writing about the death of a salesman, a seemingly ordinary occurrence in twentieth-century society, was to express the playwright's own vision of American Society and the nature of individuality. Death of a Salesman is the failing America and the 'jagged edges of a shattered dream' but it also demonstrates Miller's belief that 'the "common man is as apt a subject for tragedy as kings are".   Homework-online/Death of a salesman.  Craig.
The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald representing the life upon which Jay Gatsby lives; Fitzgerald portrays Gatsby as a young man who rises from poverty to riches in order to gain attention from his long lost lover. Having only one dream and trying to recreate the past ultimately leads to the dreamers downfall. Gatsby tries to create the illusion of a “rich Gatsby” to attempt and reinvigorate the love that Daisy and him had in the past, losing in sight everything he built for himself. For every dream there truly is a cost and in the novel Gatsby does everything possible to attain this dream disregarding the cost in the long run. Jay Gatsby is a young man from the mid west, who is described in the novel as a dreamer who has charming characteristics but at the same time reveals a bit of mysteriousness in his character.
The Great Gatsby Essay - Prompt #3 In the book, ‘The Great Gatsby’, F. Scott Fitzgerald had a variety of different character but does not give his readers a formal hero. Ruther, Fitzgerald portrays Gatsby as a tragic hero. This reveals the parallel attempt of Gatsby’s lost dream to people’s notion of the American dream. Gatsby’s dream of wealth and achieving his lost love, Daisy had consumed his life. He was caught in the illusion that one day he could be like the people who lived in East Egg, rich and famous.
The money he had accumulated was spent wastefully on things to impress Daisy. Although Gatsby had a great deal of money he died with... ... middle of paper ... ...referring to the “old money”. In conclusion the theme, that many people believe that money can buy you happiness and love, is clearly signified in The Great Gatsby. Not only was Nick shown the differences between those born rich and those who worked hard for their money but he was also shown the value of love. With all that money and no love (besides the love for Daisy) Gatsby lived a lonely and empty life.
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. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s vision of America is that a dream can become corrupted by one’s focus on wealth and expensive goods. The novel starts with a wealthy but lonely man who had one goal to be known. This man goes by the name Gatsby, Jay Gatsby. He fulfills his desire by throwing spontaneous parties for an unlimited amount of people, yet he has no real friends.
To fulfill his aspirations Gatsby desires to be seen an admirable and affluent man in society wh... ... middle of paper ... ... of him, but always lived in the past which stopped him from getting what he truly wanted. Gatsby’s obsession of his love for Daisy and wealth prove his dream as unattainable. Throughout the novel, he consumes himself into lies to cheat his way into people’s minds convincing them he is this wealthy and prosperous man. Gatsby tries to win Daisy’s love through his illusion of success and relive the past, but fails to comprehend his mind as too hopeful for something impossible. In the end, Nick is the only one to truly understand Gatsby’s hopeful aspirations he set out for himself but ultimately could not obtain.
He throws lavish parties for countless people, yet he has no real friends. He buys very expensive things and entertains large groups of society because of his desire for something greater. He is so blinded by his luxurious possessions that he does not see that money cannot buy love or happiness. Although Nick realizes that Gatsby is involved in secret business dealings and he is fixated on money, he is a good, loyal man at heart. Before Gatsby dies Nick says “They’re a rotten crowd.... You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together” (Fitzgerald 162).
Dreams, expectations, desires have also a dark flipside of disappointment and loneliness. Gatsby in The Great Gatsby and Paul in Six Degrees of Separation experienced both the good and the dark side of entering the upper class. Gatsby transformed himself from poor to someone who’s great, who lives in a mansion and throws the biggest parties of all Long Island. Similarly, Paul is a self-made man just like Gatsby, who transformed himself into a new identity to enter the world of the rich where he never belonged. With different motivations behind their goals, they both created fake identities where no one knew their real selves; ultimately they got lost in their lies.