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The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has been interpreted by many different people

to mean many different things. The novel, published in 1925, at the time of the economic boom

in the United States, creates a portrait of the Roaring Twenties. Although Fitzgerald had not

known what was to come in 1929, the Great Depression, he did an exceptional job at practically

foretelling people’s futures. The purpose of The Great Gatsby is to show and explain how the

pursuit for wealth and status can ruin lives. 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). Gatsby

however, did not seem to care for money until Daisy came into his life. He, then, realized that

Daisy would never marry him unless he had money and a great status which she could have

attained from him. Fitzgerald explained, “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and

the tired” (Fitzgerald 79). Daisy only wished to pursue wealth and status, which she obtained

when she married Tom, she wanted nothing more. Gatsby, still obsessed with reclaiming Daisy,

hoped that if he was worth...

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...too long with a single dream”(Fitzgerald

161). The desire to want something to too much of an extent is not healthy and will usually result

in unwanted consequences.

Although many people classify The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald as a love story, it

is nothing more than a novel about the desire for wealth creating trouble. Fitzgerald wrote about

how people have a natural tendency to desire wealth and status, how wealth and status cannot

and will not make one happy, and how the desire for wealth and status can result in undesired

consequences. The Roaring Twenties was a great time period for a majority of the United States

population; however, all good things must come to an end. As the Roaring Twenties came to an

end, so did Gatsby’s dreams.

Works Cited

Fitzgerald, Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that daisy hoped that if he was worth enough money, daisy would come back to him.
  • Analyzes how the novel, published in 1925, creates a portrait of the roaring twenties. although fitzgerald had not known what was to come in 1929, the great depression, he did an exceptional job at practically foretelling people's futures.
  • Explains that the 1920’s were a time of great wealth in the united states and people searched only to obtain money, whether it was legally or illegally. jay gatsby is the ideal example of an attempt to get rich quick during the jazz age.
  • Explains that fitzgerald didn't seem to care for money until daisy came into his life. he realized that daisy would never marry him unless he had money and a great status.
  • Explains that everyone, at some point during their lives, hopes to gain a great social status and wealth.
  • Opines that tom believed he would be able to buy daisy over with his money, which may have been possible but tom had a stable status.
  • Narrates how daisy was gay again after the armistice and engaged to a man from new orleans.
  • Narrates how louisville knew before he came down with 100 people in four private cars, hired a whole floor of the seelbach hotel, and gave the day before the wedding.
  • Explains that money does not buy happiness and love, but it can make people cruel. people born into wealth are cold-blooded and harsh while those who work.
  • Opines that one can be the wealthiest person on the planet, but if they do not find happiness with themselves, they will never live their life to the fullest.
  • Analyzes how people's desire to be wealthy resulted in disaster and they paid the price just as gatsby did.
  • Analyzes how fitzgerald's the great gatsby is nothing more than a novel about the desire for wealth creating trouble.
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