Jay Gatsby started out poor and a self-made man guided by only hope. He believed money could achieve everything, specifically love and happiness. Fitzgerald interpreted how dreams can corrupt and poison the mind, blinding oneself as they became garnished in wealth. As Gatsby continued to rise in fame and power and amassed a mansion that glowed like “the World’s Fair,” he began to meet snobbish, condescending-like people. Gatsby, being raised differently, tried to associate himself like these people.
This quote expresses how he dreams up a new world to escape the blandness of his own existence. But his imagination and turmoil pays off because he ends up making his dreams reality. He personifies a man who goes from “rags to riches” because he strives to better himself as opposed t... ... middle of paper ... ...n the end Gatsby depicts all of these traits which are the reason why he faces such a tragic end. In the eyes of the narrator, Nick states, “Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men,” (2), which expresses what his perspective of Gatsby was. It is never suspected that one must face death so abruptly but everything happens for a reason.
Willy believed good looks, material goods, and likeability would guarantee his sons this dream. Willy's perspective will eventually lead to his fall as the protagonist of the story. Willy also lies about many things throughout the story to make his image look better than he really is, "Linda asks how much Willy has sold and although he initially lies about the amount, Linda patiently waits for the truth, which is that he has barely made enough to pay the bills." (Arthur Miller) Willy's American dream is to be known to everyone and financially successful. Willy doesn't believe in hard work and honesty to achieve the highest respect but instead focuses on personal appearance and social judgement.
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). "Including marti... ... middle of paper ... ...critique of American capitalist society or at least it’s moral and social standards” (Walsh).
In willy's race to gain a rightful position in society, he displays the tragic flaw of pride. Throughout the novel, Willy is seen struggling to maintain his dignity , especially when he refuses the job offered to him by Charley. Even though, he really needs the job, he says "I can't work for you". Charley responds by saying" You been jealous of me all your life"(76).It is obvious that charley realizes willy's excessive pride in not wanting to work for him. Willy's lifelong dream has always been to live the life of a successful salesman .In willy's perception of reality he feels that he is of a higher social standing that what he really is.
Jay Gatsby’s life proves the unrealistic expectations people set for themselves when trying to achieve The American Dream. Gatsby used what we think of as The American Dream to help gain Daisy’s love back through things she left him for even if the means didn’t justify the ends. People will do anything to achieve the American Dream and although they have good intentions the American Dream seems to corrupt the mind of even the purest of souls. Gatsby becomes consumed with money, social status, and what his leisure time consisted of because he cannot obtain what he truly wants even with all of his money which shows that the American Dream he strived will never become a reality. Gatsby’s emmacuent amount of money played a key role in his downfall for he did not care how he obtained money or how richly educated he looked but rather what the money meant to Daisy.
The love he retains for his wife Myrtle Wilson influences his dream of making her pleased with money and moving out West. Similar to Gatsby, he fails at achieving his dream despite his great efforts; thus, his failure represents the impossibility of achieving the American Dream. Moreover, Tom Buchanan has wealth and status living in East Egg. He already achieves an American Dream of status and wealth, the certain desires that Gatsby and Wilson focus on; however, he lacks contentment in his marriage, so he cannot achieve his American Dream of finding happiness in a relationship. The characters portray much dissimilarity with their characteristics, and Fitzgerald utilizes their features to relate each of them to a different aspect of the American Dream that focuses on the pursuit of happiness; however, he uses the characters’ ultimate discontent and failure to attain their dreams to convey the inability of achieving the American Dream.
Scott Fitzgerald himself were so caught up with was more about the “pursuit of happiness” than anything else. Somewhere along the line, Jay seems to get this confused with the pursuit of wealth and status at the cost of everything else. While this paper has certainly made the case that Gatsby is not admirable, heroic or representative of the American Dream it is not to say that he is not a sympathetic character, either. He has been absolutely corrupted by the idea of achieving his dream and has simply wound up going about it in completely the wrong way. Nick, at one point in the novel, argues that Gatsby is “worth the whole damn bunch together” (Fitzgerald, 1925, 45) reflecting his apparent belief that Gatsby is actually a decent man who has perhaps gotten involved with the wrong sort of people.
More than either suggested category, The Great Gatsby is a commentary on the sometimes unfortunate world of transition ,and the tale of a society that cannot cope with what it set out to create. The character of Jay Gatsby, a wealthy man who attempts to win the affections of Daisy Buchanan, is correctly identified as a Romantic character. He is a man who builds his life on dreams,and clings to the past with fervent hope, and is still somehow surprised when his castle crumbles. Nick tells us that Gatsby had an "extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness"(2). Gatsby believes that by reliving the past, he can once again have a happy relationship with Daisy, and live a truly joyful life with her.
The Loman’s complicated views of success make it hard to achieve happiness: Willy and Happy are focused on Willy’s dream of money and popularity, while Biff is willing to tell the truth, and admit that being a salesman is not the right job for any of them. Willy’s idea that success comes from popularity and wealth is something he just can’t achieve, and he has been lying to himself for so long that he has become delusional. Willy’s dreams of success are inspired by the life of his deceased brother Ben who quickly became a very wealthy man in life. Ben being his hero, bringing Willy to build his own twisted definition to success that is closely related to the classic “American dream”. To Willy, success means wealth, a happy family, big house, popularity, and to be praised.