In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald analyzes three main characters, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Nick Carraway. The Great Gatsby is a story about finding out who people really are and how far they will go to protect their secrets from spilling to everyone. The Great Gatsby is like a story of our time, we have the rich and the poor towns, we have people who cheat on their spouses, and lastly, we have racism towards different cultures and races (Schreier). Many ironic events take place throughout the book. For example, Gatsby and Nick become friends, Tom and Myrtle being secret lovers, also, Daisy and Gatsby carrying on an affair, and lastly Daisy running over Myrtle in Gatsby’s car (Coleman). Fitzgerald purposely wrote the book to tell about lovers that were not supposed to be together and how they overcame that and fell in love with one another (Shain). He also wrote the book to relate to American society (Tolmatchoff).
In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we learn that every character, except Nick and George, uses wealth as a means of happiness, which in turn, gets in the way of their own morals to act as decent, respectable human beings.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald In F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby, the pursuit of the American dream in a corrupt period is a central theme. This theme exemplifies itself in the downfall of Gatsby. In a time of disillusionment the ideals of the American dream are lost. The classic American dream is one of materialism and when Gatsby incorporates Daisy, a human being, into the dream he is doomed to fail.
Through out history, laws have been established with the intentions of making societies better. Instead of following these laws in fear of government punishment, the citizens followed them because they saw how they made improvements to their society. However, there have been times when laws did not have enough input from the citizens and were passed quickly. When this occurred the laws backfired on the government and the citizens went against them. That is what happened in the 1920’s when the 18th amendment passed to end sales, production, and distribution of alcohol. During WWI, the government came quickly to pass prohibition to decrease the alcohol consumption, but with little enforcement there were higher organized crimes for wealth, as portrayed by Jay Gatsby in Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.
Modern culture clearly identifies the persistent thoughts of how people feel they warrant more. American exceptionalism appears in R. Kelly’s ageless song, “I Believe I Can Fly.” The main concept of the lyrics is about being greater than the common standards and achieving more than what seems possible. “I believe I can fly/ I believe I can touch the sky/ I believe I can soar/ I see me running through that open door” (Kelly). R. Kelly’s words are undoubtedly inspirational and motivating; however, being the one special person that gets the opportunity to “run through that open door” is a very slim probability (Kelly). The American dream appeals to Tom trying to get what his true love, just as American’s use this song as a way of showing they believe they are worthy of overcoming everyone else. In Charles Murray’s “American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History,” the nature of humans tendency to feel like they “can touch the sky” is described (Kelly). America, at its beginning, separated from European life in, “geography, ideology, politics, and daily life,” creating a newly formed independent nation (American). The future of America was bound to be superior to other countries because the United States possessed qualities that simply made it special.
Many people yearn to join a class that has existed for many generations with set criteria. This criteria is intertwined with money, power and a persons upbringing in Society. While few in society join these exclusive clubs, others try to mimic the styles in order to have the acceptance of a very prestigious section of society. Although few succeed in joining, many are crushed, broken, and embarrassed for failing to enter what very few have. The people who mimic, ultimately show why they didn’t join because they didn’t fit in by floundering their insecurities or lack of experience. The Biggest reason why people fail in joining a class in which few are in, because one must be born into it. Therefore in The Great Gatsby, by F-Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby fails to join the old money club because he exhibits his wealth to society.
F. Scott Fitzgerald lived during a pivotal time during America, when the American Dream, once standing for freedom, quickly started changing into more materialistic and power driven desires. Because of this, major themes in many of his novels centralize around the shortcomings and triumphs of life in these newly changed times. F. Scott Fitzgerald's personal desires for love and wealth and the struggles associated with trying to achieve them come to life through his characters creating a resemblance between Fitzgerald's personal life and the characters he creates.
The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald The Roaring 20's was a time of celebration, but to many the 20's were instead seen as a decade of decadence. Many wealthy people lived reckless and careless lives, not caring about anything but the next party or social function. In Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, the narrator, Nick Carroway, observes the greedy, selfish behavior of the rich. This uninhibited view into others soul's causes Nick to lose faith in mankind until he met Jay Gatsby, the mysterious man who this novel is written about. What made Gatsby so different from the average American?
The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald. F. Scott Fitzgerald aims to show that the myth of the American dream is fading away. The American values of brotherhood and peace have been eradicated and replaced with ideas of immediate prosperity and wealth. Fitzgerald feels that the dream is no longer experienced and that the dream has been perverted with greed and malice. The Great Gatsby parallels the dreams of America with the dream of Jay Gatsby in order to show the fallacies that lie in both of them.