Theme Of Happiness In The Great Gatsby

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In the article, “Gatsby and the Pursuit of Happiness” It talks about the small details in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is argued that the underlying emotions in the book portray to Fitzgerald’s emotions in real life. Nick Carraway is the main character of this book and his father gives him advice. “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “Just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had.” (The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald pg 1)This article believes Nick Carraway was just an alter-ego of Fitzgerald. Carraway has a lot of the same qualities as Fitzgerald. It is also argued that in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald that he is trying to teach other life lessons. Some examples of that is, “You’re no better than anybody else.” and “No one is any better than you.” (The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald pg. 34) That is a life lesson and good advice the article is telling. Another example…show more content…
He talked a lot about the American dream in his work. The American dream is about living the perfect life, being wealthy, and happiness. F. Scott Fitzgerald manages to define, praise, and criticize what is known as the American Dream in his most successful novel, The Great Gatsby. It shows how wealth seems to be what everybody wants but it actually cause destruction. Fitzgerald talks about the West Egg in his book The Great Gatsby. The West Egg is where the "new rich" live, those who have made a lot of money by being entrepreneurial (or criminal) in the years after World War I ended. These people are portrayed as being rather gaudy, showy, and gauche. It is as if they do not quite know what to do with their newly earned riches and therefore try to "copy" what they perceive to be the possessions and manners of the rich. This is a clear condemnation of the excessive materialism which was the result of pursuing the American
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