The American standard of success has always been defined by the effort put into receiving this success. Some are lucky and have success come with ease, others have to put in a great deal of work and even then they still fall short of their desired position. Throughout, “The Great Gatsby”, F. Scott Fitzgerald scrutinizes the collapse of the American dream through Jay Gatsby. Through the eyes of Nick Carraway, the readers experience the rise and fall of Jay Gatsby’s successes. From the initial sequences of the novel it is apparent that wealthiness is the point of which you are judged in the time period the book takes place.
Nick Carraway moves to New York in search of a career through the stock market. Upon his journey he encounters the wealthy Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. Upon Nick initiating an affair between Buchanan’s wife and Gatsby, tensions rise between the two of them. Gatsby throws many parties and Tom eventually catches on to what’s taking place under his nose. Not long after, Jay Gatsby meets his fate as he’s shot to death by Mr. Wilson, in response to Jay taking responsibility for Daisy killing Mrs. Wilson in a tragic hit and run accident.
In the beginning of the novel, it opens with Nick and his arrival to New York in search of a source of income. Soon enough, Nick meets Tom Buchanan and spends much time in his company through the first fourth of the novel. The situation of weakness in the Buchanan’s marriage is made apparent to Nick when he understands both of them are having affairs continuously.
Later, Nick notices the commotion constantly being raised from the much larger house next to his. Jay Gatsby still has not been seen by Carraway, making him appear to be a mysterious name...
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...not the slightest clue of her whereabouts, he still kept going and going. Nothing could stop a man like Jay Gatsby from finding this woman once more and that is exactly what he ended up doing.
Jordan Baker also alludes to these contrasting properties between Carraway and Gatsby. Baker in comparison to Daisy Buchanan is boyish and athletic in a sense, at least much more so than Mrs. Buchanan. While Daisy was considered rich by societal standards, she was essentially being paired with Tom Buchanan’s money, whereas Jordan Baker was wealthy through her own hard work and professional golfing career.
To recollect, F. Scott Fitzgerald scrutinizes the collapse of the American Dream through Jay Gatsby in, “The Great Gatsby.” From his highs to his lows, the reader experiences this fall of an idea through the eyes of the narrator in a powerful story of wealth and persistence.
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