The Importance Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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It is the clear that within the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author stresses concepts of the American Dream. There are many symbols that reiterate societies attitudes towards such goals in the Roaring Twenties—one such Fitzgerald emphasizes is the mysterious green light at the end of the Buchanan 's dock. The recurring luminescence symbolizes Jay Gatsby 's own inaccessible dream of attaining Daisy and the desperation to return to the past with her. It also reveals Gatsby 's ambitious but naive character in achieving his dream, which reflects the author 's perspective on the American Dream in the 1920s.

Throughout the narrative, the green light becomes affiliated with Daisy. The light lies on the Buchanan 's docks and Jay Gatsby has a clear visual of it from his mansion in West Egg. When Nick first spots Gatsby on his lawn, he is fixated seaward. Nick observes the waters and sees that
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No matter how much a person may try, going against the harsh reality, the American Dream is impossible to achieve; this is parallel to Gatsby 's story. Back in the 1920s, people have dedicated their lives to dreams that could not be fulfilled which led to the a regretful and pitiful life, much like that of Jay Gatsby.

Symbolism in literature is meant to convey a message. What Fitzgerald exudes is the falsehood of the American Dream. Gatsby dies while attempting to bring his green light into reality. He has only ever loved Daisy—dedicating his entire time to become a man worthy of her—but she never truly reciprocates his feelings and in the end his dream is unrealized and he leaves the Earth as if he has never walked it, proving to have lived a lonely and wasteful existence. Through Gatsby 's goals did Fitzgerald truthfully capture the corrupt lifestyle of the Roaring

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