The fact that every day as a country we go out into the world and chase our past, chase what we so hopelessly wish for, we end up basically chasing our tails because we fail to realize that as we existed, immersed in this hope of achieving greatness that somewhere out there our dreams happened without us. But we go on, we push harder every day, and every day the dream pushes back. Nick Carraway knows this flaw of the human condition as he states that; “Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther, and one fine morning—“(189). “It is an incomplete thought because there is n... ... middle of paper ... ...mately the dream does not exist, it is a fabrication of our minds, set forth by the immigrants who made this country what it is today. However, this “dream” is what pushes people, what gives them the drive to move forward in their lives, or so we would like to believe.
Gatsby's dreams have been apparent since he was a child. He reinvents his identity because he is not content with his current status and wants to completely alter who he is known as. Ironically, people attending his parties come up with all sorts of stories and rumors about who Gatsby is, but even when he is of high status, he is a man of mystery. People know of Gatsby, but do not know who he is as a person. Gatsby's father, Mr. Gatz notes: “Jimmy was bound to get ahead.
There are many aspects that are apart of developing a person’s identity and sense of who they are. We are fully responsible for the outcome of our life according to Sarte. There are no excuses in life and we are responsible for our successes and for our failures. Whether we choose to sit back and wait for whatever to happen around us or take action and try to go out and make the changes you want in your life, you are responsible for all the lows and the highs. Our values are formed from the decisions we make, which help us form our identity.
His death could have been considered more successful than his life. The “American Dream” requires hard work and dedication and in being a salesperson, Willy had both, but I think his dream had to be a little more attainable where he could have worked harder for somethin... ... middle of paper ... ...e different paths to achieve the American dream. One of the three men achieve happiness, but to a certain extent. Gatsby was successful, but eventually dies unhappy as does Willy from “Death of a Salesman”. Keanu lives to see another day and is able to live life after experiencing a life changing dream.
Rather, it is the ongoing process of chasing that dream that invigorates this metaphorical green light. This light is expressed one final time in the very last moment of the novel. Nick feels that, “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. .
Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you! Thomas Parke D'Invilliers Jay Gatsby went through most of his life striving for a new beginning, a chance to start over and succeed. He forced that aspect of life, into his own, by changing his identity. He was James Gatz a man who's unknown soul was left to linger in the past. Now he is Jay Gatsby.
Biff and Happy hold their father to impossibly high standards, and he tries his best to live up to them. This causes Willy to deny the painful reality that he has not achieved anything of real value. Willy’s obsession with a false dream results in his losing touch with reality and with himself. Many times during the play, Willy drifts in and out of flashbacks. Most of these occur during the period when Biff was in high school, and foreshadow the events of the present.
At the end of the play, each son responds differently to the reality of his fathers suicide. Biff and Happy share their father's tendency to concoct grand schemes for themselves and think of themselves as superior to others without any real evidence that the schemes will work or that they are indeed superior. Happy, who has previously appeared of being more well-grounded in reality but still hoping for something better. Happy pledges to achieve the dream his father has failed to do so. In fact, Happy falls into his fathers thought pattern (Spampinato 68).
15235 Mrs. Harper AP Literature 14 March 2014 Symbolism Within Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby follows the path of a young man who claws his way from rags to riches in attempt to revel in the pleasures awarded to those born into the “superior” class. Throughout the novel, the titular protagonist endeavors to reclaim a lost love and throws lavish gatherings every weekend in hopes of crossing paths with his former lover. Fitzgerald’s employment of multiple symbols such as the green light, the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, and the swimming pool solidifies the theme that achieving the American Dream does not guarantee the happiness it promises and can ultimately lead to self-destruction. The green light that haunts Gatsby’s dreams and pushes him to remain hopeful to his re-acquaintance with his past lover Daisy emphasizes that the American Dream can prove to be destructive rather than jubilant. To Gatsby, the green light represents daisy and everything he hopes to obtain, succeeding in recapturing her heart would be fulfilling Gatsby’s adaptation of the American Dream.
In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller paints the relationship of Willy and his two sons, Biff and Happy, through the dreams of living a successful life but achieving that success in the wrong manner. He wants his kids to live a better life than he had to but he had no clue on how togain this success the correct way. This wrong teaching built a wedge in their relationship with neither being successful and their father never letting them hear the end of it. His high expectations deemed foolish with his many failures at life and even indulging in an affair, guiding his sons down the wrong path of life. Willy’s dreams of having a successful life in the future are lived through the ones of his children because he couldn’t find a way to achieve