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The Great Gatsby: The Corruption of the American Dream

- In 1931 James Truslow Adams published a book named ‘Epic of America’ in which he popularized the concept of The American Dream. In this book he stated “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…” and once that phrase was written, The American Dream became what we truly know it as nowadays. It is the right of freedom, prosperity, equality and pursuit of happiness through hard work....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- On April 10, 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby, a novel that would later become one of the best known pieces of classic literature in history. However, at the time of its publication, Gatsby was fairly unpopular ad the reviews were never consistent. As shocking as it may seem, I believe it is because Fitzgerald’s intelligence and creativity levels were way ahead of his time, which is evident when one pays close attention to the themes of the novel. Forgiveness, love, and memory of the past are just a few themes you will come across in this story....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Great Gatsby: Differences and Corruption of Classes

- The Great Gatsby: Differences and Corruption of Classes Money is essential for survival; it can bring happiness, despair, or corruption. It rules our daily lives, is preferred in large amounts, and separates us into different social classes. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a perfect example of this since the class structure within the novel, portrays how money or the need for it can cause corruption in all the different social classes. This is shown through the three distinct classes: old money represented by the Buchanan’s and their self-centered, racist nature, new money represented by Gatsby and his mysterious, illegal ways, and a class that can be called no money repr...   [tags: Classic American Literature]

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Corruption of Wealth and Society through Geography in The Great Gatsby

- Throughout The Great Gatsby, various locations are introduced that correlate to specific types of inhabitants. The geography of the novel is primarily comprised of four scenes: East Egg, West Egg, the valley of the ashes, and New York City. Although all of the localities are situated in the East, Nick muses at the end of the novel that the story is, in actuality, “of the West” (Fitzgerald 176). This discovery insinuates that the materialisms of the East besmirched the characters of the West, symbolizing the deteriorating effects the quest for riches has on traditional values....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Corruption in The Great Gatsby

- ... They both could have been easily bought by Jordan or her wealthy family. Furthermore, Jordan exposes her deceptive side once again when she “leaves a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down, and then lied about it” (57). This action is careless yet Jordan doesn’t care she is destroying someone else’s property. She even goes as far as lying about it to evade the blame. Meyer Wolfsheim is another dishonest person who was corrupted by the thought of wealth. Gatsby informs Nick that “he’s the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919” (73)....   [tags: themes in F. Scott Fitzgerald novel]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Francis Scott Fitzgerald portrays the American Dream, originally a set of goals that included freedom, settlement, and an honest life with the possibility of upward social and economic mobility earned through hard work, as corrupted and debased by the egotistic materialism of the 1920s, an era which Fitzgerald characterizes chiefly by its greed and lavish hedonism, in his celebrated novel The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald, in The Great Gatsby, seeks to discredit the supposed purity of the American Dream and belief that anyone can attain it through hard work....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Corruption in The Great Gatsby

- Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in 1896 and died in 1940. After dismissed from the army in 1917, he returned to Princeton and finished his first novel This Side of Paradise, which made him wealthy overnight. He then married Zelda, a beautiful but expensive girl. During his time (which he named Jazz Age), the whole American society was immersed in the post-war deteriorations and economic booming. The so-called lost generation forfeited their believes on American dream and solely aimed to pursue material and sensual pleasures....   [tags: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, Literary Analysis]

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Corruption Of The American Dream

- ... Gatsby needed to have a huge house so he could feel confident enough and have enough motivation to try to win Daisy. He needed to have a large expensive mansion since Daisy was a rich woman with rich taste. The dream became so corrupted by money that Gatsby couldn 't even focus more on Daisy, he was focusing more on materialistic things that would cost money to win Daisy but he never focused on actually trying to bring her in. The result of Gatsby’s Dream being corrupted by money and power was that the motivation was completely vanished and now left him with an empty goal....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Corruption]

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Social Status Corruption : The Great Gatsby

- ... The main text in this paper is Blue Collar Brilliance. The Great Gatsby and Mad Men help portray the social status for Blue Collar Brilliance by showing how significant it was for them to be high class and obtain and keep their wealth. The ranking of class whether it is social or labor, seems to be unrealistic. In Blue Collar Brilliance, the author’s mother Rosie and uncle Joe are the main characters. Rosie and Joe have what they need even when they are in the lower class ranking but characters in Mad Men and The Great Gatsby have what they need and want yet they are so unhappy....   [tags: Working class, Sociology, Social class]

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Money and Corruption in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- Money and Corruption in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby During the time in our country's history called the roaring twenties, society had a new obsession, money. Just shortly after the great depression, people's focus now fell on wealth and success in the economic realm. Many Americans would stop at nothing to become rich and money was the new factor in separation of classes within society. Wealth was a direct reflection of how successful a person really was and now became what many people strived to be, to be rich....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby, wealth, status]

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Corruption in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Great Gatsby In the Novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the corrupting nature of wealth and greed in his novel, “the Great Gatsby”. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the element of class division in chapter 4 when he describes the very vast luxuries of Gatsby, such as Precious Gemstones and Tiger skins that can only be obtained with someone that owns a lot of money, “I saw the skins of Tigers Flaming his palace on the Grand Canal; I saw him opening a chest of rubies with ease, with crimson lighted depths, the gnawing of his broken heart.” here, The author vividly describes in-detail of Gatsby’s luxurious life style and his possessions, “The only building was a small block of yellow brick si...   [tags: wealth, greed, superior]

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Corruption of the American Dream in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Broken Dreams and Fallen Themes In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald employs the use of characters, themes, and symbolism to convey the idea of the American Dream and its corruption through the aspects of wealth, family, and status. In regards to wealth and success, Fitzgerald makes clear the growing corruption of the American Dream by using Gatsby himself as a symbol for the corrupted dream throughout the text. In addition, when portraying the family the characters in Great Gatsby are used to expose the corruption growing in the family system present in the novel....   [tags: The Great Gatsby ]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the corruption of the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to attain its illusionary goals. As the novel shows, the 20th century is a moral wasteland and a corruption of the original idealistic American Dream of the past. Fitzgerald's moral wasteland is shown physically in the "valley of ashes" scene of the novel. This 'dismal' and 'desolate' wasteland exists side-by-side with the white and unreal dream of Daisy and her world....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Corruption of the American Dream

- Jay Gatsby is a man with a dream and will stop at nothing to attain it.  When he loses the love of his life to a wealthy, sophisticated and bigoted socialite, his mind is set.  Born a poor farm boy, he centers his life around achieving extraordinarily vast amounts of wealth and great social status.  The poor man never gets the girl; in fact, he never gets anything in Gatsby's eyes.  Gatsby is determined not only to be rich, but become the richest man who ever lived.  When he does become the richest man who ever lived, he wants to become the ultimate ruler of the universe.  Gatsby wants to be God.  Nick Carraway, his laid-back and observant neighbor, despises Gatsby's flamboyant and exaggerat...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Corruption and Failure in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Corruption in The Great Gatsby      The theme of human corruption, its sources and consequences, is a common concern among writers from Shakespeare through J.D Salinger. Some suggest that it attacks from outside, while others depict corruption occurring from within the individual. In the case if The Great Gatsby and it's protagonist's fate, Fitzgerald shows both factors at work. The moral climate of the Roaring Twenties, Daisy Fay Buchanan's pernicious hold on him, and Jay Gatsby's own nature all contribute to his tragic demise....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatdream Corruption of the Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Corruption of the Dream in The Great Gatsby   The American Dream describes an attitude of hope and faith that looks forward to the fulfillment of human wishes and desires. What these wishes are, were expressed in Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence of 1776, where it was stated: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Money and Corruption in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald shows how money help corrupt people’s lives but Nick Caraway tries to help people take a different route and see life from a different perspective. The Great Gatsby was set in the in the 1920s when it was a theatrical and radical change. During these times, more Americans survived in cities than on farms and more people gained wealth. However individuals became nonchalant about the change while others became very aggressive which caused more problems than festivity in the 1920s.Fitzgerald characterizes Nick as a naïve person living in the roaring twenties as can be seen through his attitude which results in Nick being taking advantage and peo...   [tags: nick, west egg]

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Free Essays - Immorality and Corruption in the Great Gatsby

- Immorality and Corruption in the Great Gatsby In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald many of the characters could not be classified as a truly moral, a person who exhibits goodness or correctness in their character and behavior. Nick Carraway is not moral by any means; he is responsible for an affair between two major characters, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby does show some moral qualities when he attempts to go back and rescue Myrtle after she had been hit by Daisy....   [tags: Grapes Wrath essays]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

- The American Dream is portrayed by a dreamer who pursues to progress form scratch to riches, while gaining love, social status, wealth and power. Those in power, typically involving bribery, portray corruption as dishonest or fraudulent conduct. This applies to the western world where corruption is contributing to the downfall of society. Corruption in society is what leads us to think of the nation in a pessimistic way. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s vision of America is negative and his depiction is that when man is concerned with only his success, the result is corruption....   [tags: tom, daisy, nick]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1925. In Scott F. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, men fight over a woman. To stay financially secure, they go into illegal business. Dreams are crushed and lives are lost. It is a story that relates to the corruption of the American Dream. The story takes place in an area near New York called "Long Island." It is in a shape of an egg. They focus in on places on there named "East Egg", "West Egg", and "The Valley of Ashes." West egg is for people who have recently made their fortunes....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Ambition and Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the characters, particularly Jay Gatsby strive to achieve the American Dream. During the 1920‘s, the American Dream was to have success. This success includes areas of wealth, love, and having material possessions, such as superb clothes, a vast house, and a car. Gatsby’s only reason to achieve the American Dream is so that he can win over the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby symbolizes both the ambition and corruption of the American Dream in the 1920‘s....   [tags: wealth, tom buchannan, daisy]

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Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... However, Gatsby’s vigil was over nothing. Daisy was never in her room that night, much like Gatsby’s dream is over a nonexistent person. The Daisy he met and fell in love with years ago is not the same person anymore, and as much as Gatsby thinks that he can repeat the past, in the real world it is proven to be impossible. His faith is misplaced, because the object of his quest is nothing more than Daisy. Then, Fitzgerald uses symbolism to show how the American dream died out. The sense of hopelessness at the end of the novel proves that the purity of the American dream is dead with Gatsby's death and George Wilson's suicide....   [tags: imagery, symbolism, characterization]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The novel, The Great Gatsby, is set in New York during the 1920’s after World War One. The Great Gatsby is not only about the corruption of the American dream- but also the corruption of the entire 1920’s era, hidden behind the tragic love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. In The Great Gatsby, the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, denotes Jay Gatsby’s obsession with being old rich, Daisy Buchanan, and the past- which ultimately leads to failure. Jay Gatsby’s obsession with being old rich comes not only from his desire to move from his poor lifestyle, but also from his desire for Daisy’s love....   [tags: jay gatsby, 1920's corruption, love story]

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Corruption of the American Dream

- ... Gatsby’s dream “is a naïve dream based on the fallacious assumption that material possessions are synonymous with happiness, harmony, and beauty” (Fahey 70). Gatsby’s dream is corrupted because of all of the “new money” that is surrounding him. Even though Gatsby pretends like he has everything, in reality he has nothing. Gatsby throws large parties and buys expensive things because he wants to believe that he is able to blend in with the new age of society. Gatsby also has a very romantic view on life, and it really shows when his love Daisy Buchanan is around....   [tags: F.Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his stories with a distinctive style. Fitzgerald cared about his character enough to judge their character but not their actions. He obviously cared deeply about them. The care and effort put into the characters is immense. Fitzgerald chose each character meticulously. He also wrote about certain characters with more careful prose. Fitzgerald’s meticulous writing style and seemingly irrelevant details bring life into his books. His tone however is best expressed by the way he judges his characters character, not their actions....   [tags: aristocratic class, corruption, betrayal]

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The Great Gatsby

- "I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light" Possibly F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is not just a magnificent story, but a lesson of society's flaws during the roaring 1920's. Fitzgerald's story creates an atmosphere of superficiality, dissatisfaction and dishonesty by the description of each character. With the economical growth, and the immoral society of the 1920’s ultimately brought corruption to desire of the American Dream and the chance of achieving prosperity and wealth....   [tags: corruption, American Dream, Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Great Gatsby And The Death Of A Salesman

- ... Deception is common in America, and it is impossible to trust a rich man. This shines light on the fact that, in America, appearance means more than what is necessary. Jay Gatsby, however, does not fit into the upper class with his humbleness and respect towards others. Nick describes Gatsby as so humble that “only he is exempt” from his judgments toward the upper class people. Unfortunately, Gatsby’s involvement with these wealthy citizens become dangerous toward his life. Fitzgerald’s point through Gatsby’s death is that, some people do not fit into wealth and power....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Throughout the novel The Great Gatsby there are many things that represent various ideas, moods, and symbols. Many of these symbols and representations are things that are simple such as a color or a road-sign. An example is the color yellow, throughout the story this represents death and/or corruption. This symbol is portrayed through several events in the novel. Another example of symbolism in the novel is the Green Light, which represents Gatsby’s dream, as well as the American Dream. This is also shown throughout the story through events and things....   [tags: symbols, wealth, corruption, death]

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The Great Gatsby And The American Dream

- The American Dream’s most basic definition is that anyone from any beginning could achieve wealth and status. Gangsters rose to power, taking advantage of Prohibition and turning to bootlegging turning a pretty profit. Immigrants from all over Europe used this as motivation to find a better life in America. This idea of “rags to riches” is portrayed in The Great Gatsby and is the primary ideology of The Roaring 20s. Booze, money, and corruption. The embodiment of The Roaring 20s. 1920, Congress shocks the world passing the Volstead Act, banning alcohol causing the start of the infamous Prohibition....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

- The American Dream is a way of life and ideal that all people have strived for in their lives. Its meaning and hope is in finding well-found success, wealth and power through independence and self-determination. The purchasing of a home, possessing material items, and living a life of leisure has all evolved into the realities of the American dream. In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s portrayal of the American dream is shown as a system that is corrupted by the pursuit of wealth, greed and ego, which undermines the good and empowering faith and morals of people and society....   [tags: wealth, corruption]

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The Great Gatsby By William Shakespeare

- The quote, “Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” by Enrich Fromm truly describes the effect greed can cause others. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald and the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare various themes are shown throughout. One of the most important themes is greed for wealth and power. These works focus on the impact greed for wealth and power causes on the main character and how it affects their relationships with others....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Macbeth]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... The green light symbolises Daisy, a dream that nobody can ever really get their hands on, it only flashes before going away, in contrast to the American Dream. Gatsby tries to attain her via his pursuit of the American Dream, which he viewed as his improvement by gaining wealth. Fitzgerald’s characterisation of Jay Gatsby is an underlying message to a society of that time, in attaining the American Dream it is important to realise that some dreams are just that, Gatsby only loved Daisy in his memory and relied upon a corruption of the American Dream to achieve her....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... His obsession with gaining immediate wealth is made possible by the burgeoning business opportunities brought on by the end of the war.The fact that Gatsby chose criminal means to acquire wealth speaks to the decaying moral attitude of the populace at war’s end. This view of the American Dream is not confined to the 1920’s. People in every subsequent decade have worked to make better lives through love, wealth, social status or whatever their perception of happiness seems to represent. Everyone, from all walks of life, has an idealistic view of the perfect life....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- We all have dreams that we fantasize so much that they may be in contrast to reality. We have all experienced the utter disappointment of having the harsh reality of the world make itself known to us. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald presents us Nick Caraway, a meek Midwesterner both intrigued and repulsed by the roaring extravagance of the East in the 1920s. Nick’s enthusiasm and confidence to establish a successful life in New York is betrayed when he experiences the underlying emptiness and corruption to the morality of the upper class forcing him to reconsider his adaptability to this modern lifestyle....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Ambiguous Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald´s The Great Gatsby

- ... Compassion of that magnitude compelled Nick, Daisy, and many others to really care about him. On the other end of the spectrum, he was a very savvy businessman. He singlehandedly built quite a fortune, earned an impressive reputation, and joined up with some intriguing business partners. Not long after Nick first met Gatsby they went out to lunch together and met an interesting Jewish man named Meyer Wolfsheim. Nick immediately approached the man, who assumed that Nick was a friend of Gatsby’s looking for a “business gonnegtion” (70)....   [tags: weath, corruption, moral, imperfect]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- During the earlier times, the “American Dream” was simply an idea and encouragement to many people, young and old. Americans wanted nothing but to live the American Dream. Nonetheless soon those exact dreams were distorted with greed and corruption. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the American Dream is depicted as corrupted as it was once was a candid and principle way to live. The concept that the American Dream was one way or another about the affluence and possessions one had set in was in the mentality of Americans during the early 1920’s....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Quentin Hardy of the Huffington Post comments that “Much of American Literature is a consideration of our ability to head to the frontier, reinvent ourselves, make a shining city on a hill, be the last best hope for mankind, free ourselves of the shackles of the past, the tragic fate of birth in a particular place” (Hardy). The 1920’s was a time in which the everyday person could transform himself into anything he desired. Filled with promise, this period gave birth to what is known as “modernistic literature” where authors would unveil the true fragmentation of the modern world through inner revelation....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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The Contrast and Conformity in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- ... “The fact that he had [a mistress] was insisted upon wherever he was known” (Fitzgerald 24). Everybody in Tom and Daisy’s social group seems to know of Tom’s infidelity, except for Daisy herself. Yet, Daisy’s ignorance does not stop Tom from parading his unfaithfulness to Daisy’s own cousin Nick Carraway. Tom is so egotistic, he has no shame in expressing his lustful relationships. Gatsby’s immorality is criminal rather than familial. Gatsby is revealed to be a bootlegger; the profession allows him to pay for the extravagant parties he throws in hopes in luring Daisy to his mansion....   [tags: morality, corruption, bigot]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

- ... Gatsby believes that Daisy will simply fall back into his hands now that he has acquired everything he could not offer to her before. But, Daisy has already established a life and had a daughter with Tom. He fails to realize that Daisy will not simply drop everything to recapture feelings that could be defined as puppy love. Gatsby also fails to realize Daisy’s major character flaw. She came across as a loving and charming young lady, but in reality she just “smashed up things and creatures and retreated” (Fitzgerald 188)....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The American Dream in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, An Outline

- ... She has no compassion nor does she care about people’s lives; core issue that leads Gatsby into corruption - Through her conveying appearance, Daisy is able to manipulate Gatsby motives and emotions, while still remaining unconcerned - Her only concern or compassion is based on wealth and power, Daisy just strings Gatsby along, but has no real intent of ever leaving her husband, Tom - The Buchanan’s marriage is full of lies, deceitfulness and unfaithfulness, yet they remain closely linked through their use of money and attention; are unified because of corruption (QUOTE 188) - Other characters within this novel contribute to the detrimental effects of wealth, appearance and materialis...   [tags: corruption, materialistic items]

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The American Dream Is Hard to Achieve in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Even before her relationships with Tom, or Gatsby are seen, Daisy does nothing but sit around all day and wonder what to do with herself and her friend Jordan. She knows that Tom is having an affair, yet she doesn't leave him even when she hears about Gatsby loving her. Daisy lets Gatsby know that she too is in love with him but can’t bring herself to tell Tom goodbye except when Gatsby forces her too. Even then, once Tom begs her to stay, even then Daisy forever leaves Gatsby for her old life of comfort....   [tags: corruption, upper class, money]

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A Freudian Reading of The Great Gatsby

- A Freudian Reading of The Great Gatsby       F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby is generally regarded as an excellent novel which expresses much more than the superficial plot. The Great Gatsby could be, however, more complex than the average reader might imagine. The Great Gatsby is often interpreted as the corruption of the American Dream. In this framework, the Buchanans are viewed as the example of irresponsibility and degradation, and Gatsby the embodiment of idealism and sentimentality....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Cars as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby

- Cars as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby Cars play a very important part in the telling of The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is a very dark, unhappy book, and the cars really exemplify this. "…cars change their meaning and become a symbol of death" (Dexheimer). Cars also give the reader insight into some of the different characters in the book. One of the most important jobs of cars in this book is to foreshadow upcoming events. Throughout the book, there are many devastating and dark events that these cars represent....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Cars Essays]

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The Grand Illusion in The Great Gatsby

- The American dream is a farce. Hopeful American children and quixotic foreigners believe that freedom will lead to prosperity, and that prosperity will bring happiness. This anticipation of joy will never come to fruition, and all these unfortunate people will feel that they were cheated out of happiness by some unlucky roll of dice, but really they have been chasing cars, because the American dream is not something one can truly capture, but only smoke trapped in the palm of a hand. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby’s lavish parties, characterized by music, dancing, and illegal alcohol, are a representation of the corruption of society’s values, and are filled with guests only concerned with...   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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A Critical Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- A Critical Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a universal and timeless literary masterpiece. Fitzgerald writes the novel during his time, about his time, and showing the bitter deterioration of his time. A combination of the 1920s high society lifestyle and the desperate attempts to reach its illusionary goals through wealth and power creates the essence behind The Great Gatsby. Nick Carraway, the narrator, moves to a quaint neighborhood outside of New York City called West Egg; his distant cousin and his former colleague, Daisy and Tom, live in a physically identical district across the bay called East Egg....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald

- The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Although to the casual reader The Great Gatsby may only appear as a poetic muse on the seemingly endless rollercoaster that is love, if one plunges deeper into this novel it is easily discovered that not only is this the quintessential grail quest but it is quite plainly a search for the American dream. Gatsby plays a duel role in this piece of American history; he is both the Holy Crusader, seeking his own personal Cup of Christ, and the Cinderella story of Fitzgerald's masterpiece....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald American Dream]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- The 1920s was a time of excess and growth. Economically, it was a time for great financial gain. Largely because of improvements in technology, productivity increased while overall production costs decreased, and the economy grew. Not only was this time filled with prosperity, but corruption as well. People who had previously worked day and night finally acquired leisure time. Some of the most wealthy people made the choice to fill this free time with gluttony and lust. Many authors during this time believed that the excessive spending and consumption would surely lead to ruin....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Throughout time and space the world has seen many writers that have altered life as we know it. The world continues to change as an ever shifting ball of culture and intellect. Man's history has given us writers like Shakespeare, who is still misunderstood to this day, and Homer, a man that has many Americans thinking of a cartoon character with the a lack of intelligence. Francis Scott Fitzgerald is far from one of these gentlemen, or ladies, that have changed the way we think....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald]

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- The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Thesis: The pursuit of the American Dream is a dominant theme throughout The Great Gatsby, which is carried out in various ways by F. Scott Fitzgerald, how the author represents this theme through his characters and their actions is one small aspect of it.       Fitzgerald's dominant theme in The Great Gatsby focuses on the corruption of the American Dream. By analyzing high society during the 1920s through the eyes of narrator Nick Carraway, the author reveals that the American Dream has transformed from a pure ideal of security into a convoluted scheme of materialistic power....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald American Dream Essays]

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- As children, we have all dreamt of money, being rich; owning an extravagant mansion, magnificent cars, and being married to a prince or princess. Basically, we dream of the perfect life, with the perfect spouse. Generally, this dream is known as the American Dream, which is the belief that if one works hard, that person will succeed by becoming rich. The topic of the American Dream can be found throughout The Great Gatsby, the most prime example of this is the dream of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby’s dream is to work hard to get rich in order to win the love of Daisy Buchanan, his long lost love....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Gatsby is conditionally in love with her meaning he is only willing to be with her if Daisy accomplishes this task he asks her to do. Gatsby is a selfish and greedy man, asking too much of someone, asking them to lie for the sole purpose of him and his selfish dream. Gatsby’s need to recreate the past slowly diminishes his future. He asks too much of Daisy and now Daisy runs back to Tom and Gatsby ends in the ground. Gatsby ultimately loses Daisy and his dream he has for the past five years of his life....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby

- There is vast and deep connection between the author’s life and the novel. The author portrayed his real life-based situation in the novel through which he went. The author explained how seventeen-year-old young lady became the reason of his downfall. He fell and wanted to marry the girl named Zelda Sayre who had deep desire for Fitzgerald’s wealth, fame, money and material luxury. Both Gatsby and Fitzgerald idolize wealth and luxury and at last fell in love with a beautiful woman when they stopped at a military camp in the South....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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- The title of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ can be seen as incredibly ironic: not only can the ‘greatness’ of the eponymous character be vehemently contested, he is not even named ‘Gatsby’. In fact, he is a criminal, James Gatz, who, although he appears to be an epitome of the idealistic American Dream, having grown from an impoverished childhood into a life of excess and splendour, he has obtained everything through crime and corruption. Indeed, it has been said that ‘The Great Gatsby’ is “a parable of disenchantment with the ‘American Dream’” , and it is, for the American Dream is the idea that “through hard work, courage and determination, one could achieve prosperity.” Jam...   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath

- Money— sweeter than honey but oh so destructive. It facilitates a man’s life, while a lack of it imprisons him in the streets of penury. It raises his social status, while an absence of it leaves him unnoticed. It gives him an aura of superiority and importance among others, while a deficiency of it makes him worthless in society’s eyes. Considering these two roads, most do not take more than a second to decide to chase riches. Blinded by the self-destructive American dream of “Marie-Antoinette music-rooms and Restoration salons” and “toilet sets of pure dull gold” most murder their morals and harm others in the process (Fitzgerald 5.91)....   [tags: the great gatsby, fitzgerald]

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- The Great Gatsby and the Destruction of a Generation      The beauty and splendor of Gatsby's parties masks the decay and corruption that lay at the heart of the Roaring Twenties. The society of the Jazz Age, as observed by Fitzgerald, is morally bankrupt, and thus continually plagued by a crisis of character. Jay Gatsby, though he struggles to be a part of this world, remains unalterably an outsider. His life is a grand irony, in that it is a caricature of Twenties-style ostentation: his closet overflows with custom-made shirts; his lawn teems with "the right people," all engaged in the serious work of absolute triviality; his mannerisms (his false British accent, his old-boy friendlines...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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- Exploding the American Myth in The Great Gatsby       The American Constitution declares the freedom and equality among all people. On this declaration was built the collective dreams of a nation as well as millions of personal dreams. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, exposes the American Constitution for the myth that it always was by revealing the existing class distinctions. The Great Gatsby provides the petty details of the aimlessness and shallowness of the idyll rich, the extravagance of their parties, and the illegal sources of the funds that fueled such mindless activities....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Characters as Symbols in The Great Gatsby

- Characters as Symbols in The Great Gatsby     People hold different things to be symbolic. Dove and peace, a rose and love; they are simple things yet widely symbolic. Symbolism is commonly used in literature to change or deepen meanings or instill a different meaning to the mind of the readers. The reader is forced to think, make connections, and succeed in adding a new meaning to the novel. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses symbolism in the form of his characters and to develop the theme, the corruption of the American Dream....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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- Lies are a treacherous thing, yet everyone tells a few lies during their lifetime. Deceit surrounds us all the time; even when one reads classic literature. For example, F. Scott Fitzgerald makes dishonesty a major theme in his novel The Great Gatsby. The falsehoods told by the characters in this novel leads to inevitable tragedy when the truth is revealed. Jay Gatsby, one of the main characters in the novel, fails to realize that when one tells a lie, it comes back to bite you. For example, he initially tells his neighbor, and potential friend Nick, that he had inherited his redundant sums of money from his family....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Portrayal of the Twenties F. Scott Fitzgerald was accurate in his portrayal of the aristocratic flamboyancy and indifference of the 1920s. In his novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald explores many aspects of indifference and flamboyancy. A large influence on this society was the pursuit of the American Dream. Gangsters played a heavily influential role in the new money aristocracy of the 1920s. The indifference was mainly due to the advent of Prohibition in 1920. One major societal revolution in this period was that of the “new women,” who expressed new actions and beliefs....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald Essays]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Q3: Gatsby’s Party Gatsby 's party was extremely luxurious, with people filtering in and out, some never laying an eye on the host. His house alone is a work of art complete with a marble swimming pool and up to 40 acres of lawn and garden. The party came with its own full orchestra and a bar of extreme variety, not to mention a Rolls-Royce parked out front. People came to marvel over his belongings, not knowing much about their host. They spoke of vicious rumors regarding Gatsby, no one seeming to know him personally, or care to know him at all....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby, Arnold Rothstein]

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- “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby The American Dream, a long standing ideal embodies the hope that one can achieve financial success, political power, and everlasting love through dedication and hard work. During the Roaring 20s, people in America put up facades to mask who they truly were. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald conveys that the American Dream is simply an illusion, that is idealist and unreal....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Hope and the American Dream Portrayed in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- “The Great Gatsby”, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays a world filled with rich societal happenings, love affairs, and corruption. Nick Carraway is the engaged narrator of the book, a curious choice considering that he is in a different class and almost in a different world than Gatsby and the other characters. Nick relates the plot of the story to the reader as a member of Gatsby’s circle. He has ambivalent feelings towards Gatsby, despising his personality and corrupted dream but feeling drawn to Gatsby’s magnificent capacity to hope....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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- There are times when reality falls short of expectations, and when individuals fail to live up to their ideals. This struggle can come in the form of one specific event, or an overall life philosophy. The quest to attain what we really want can be an all encompassing one, requiring all of our devotion and effort. It is especially painful to see others possess what we cannot have. For the characters in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby these problems are all too real. Gatsby works for a lifetime to gain back what he feels is rightfully his, while all the while facing the crushing realization that he may be too late....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Misery and the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- "No— Gatsby turned out all right in 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." When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote these words in The Great Gatsby in 1925, he perfectly described the human struggle of the time. This was, by no means, accidental--for Fitzgerald wrote meticulously and very rarely did he leave a line unrevised. No— Fitzgerald knew what he was doing; he was, in two sentences, criticizing American society like no one else had....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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- ... Gatz is able to take steps towards a new life because his "ability to reinvent himself comes from his belief in the American dream ," which makes that dream seem realistic in his mind (Verdeame). The formation of a new identity is the start of corruption within his dream, and where he starts to fail to gain what he originally wanted. As the newly created Gatsby starts to make his dream a reality, he takes actions which eventually prove to be mistakes in his quest for the American dream. In order to obtain the necessities of his dream, Gatsby reveals that he "was in the drug business and then I was in the oil business," demonstrating the lengths Gatsby takes just to maintain his wealth...   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Fortunately, he has always memorized the advice on tolerance that his father had given him. It is a moral guide to help him to keep himself awake in this “Wasteland”. Moreover, the penetration of Daisy and Tom’s carelessness, grossness, corruption, and cowardice gradually damage Nick. Even though he does not make any quick judgement of his cousin, “the polo player”, and the golf player at the beginning, his “many curious natures” help the audience understand the reality of everyone in the novel....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Early in the novel Tom takes Nick to go meet Myrtle in New York. That night they have a party in an apartment owned for the sole purpose of this affair. Towards the end of the party Tom and Myrtle begin to argue. “Sometime toward midnight Tom Buchanan and Mrs. Wilson stood face to face, discussing in impassioned voices whether Mrs. Wilson had any right to mention Daisy’s name,” after which Tom breaks Myrtle’s nose (Fitzgerald 37). While he may be having this affair, Tom’s heart still belongs to Daisy....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By Charles Scott Fitzgerald

- Some years ago, an author by the name of Francis Scott Fitzgerald wrote a captivating book, in the 1920’s. This book was called, The Great Gatsby. The book has been an enticing read for many decades. Around the time the book was written, American society was on its way into the gutter. The central theme in The Great Gatsby seems to be one of the most discussed and analyzed subjects in literature. Why is the theme so criticized. Is it because there are multiple themes in the story. Maybe, it is because no one actually knows and critics are taking a really great story and over thinking it....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The American Dream, in the 1920’s, turned into a greedy system of obtaining wealth. Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, and Jordan Baker demonstrate that the American Dream has become corrupt through their symbolism in The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald. The American Dream is about the pursuit of happiness, and that everyone is equal in opportunity to obtain happiness. Yes, if you want to make money and become wealthy, you can do that, given that you work hard enough. But this is where things start to get corrupt....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- In F.Scott Fitzgerald 's novel, 'The Great Gatsby ', virtually all of the characters are in pursuit of the American Dream. This is a dream of prosperity, opportunity and equality that every American member is guaranteed a chance of achieving seen as every man has “unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” (Archives.gov, 2015), according to the United States Declaration of Independence 1776. With his lavish, loaded lifestyle, Jay Gatsby appears to be the most precious example of the achievement of the American Dream....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... George owns a small car repair shop and gas station he rarely ever gets busy and sits in his garage drinking beer all day.”He[George Wilson] is a true product of the wasteland between the suburban world of wealth and New York City” (Telgen 71). Myrtle is swanky is often wishing she could be rich and has many unrealistic aspirations, she is also Tom’s mistress. Many people like Myrtle, Tried to make a name for themselves instead of being a part of the lowest social class. Myrtle 's consumption of all the social climbing made her short minded and not very brilliant....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- A mirror of sorts, art is often a reflection of how an artist sees life or wishes to see life. Regarded as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most notable work of literary art, The Great Gatsby whispers with echoes of the author’s personal experiences. In the introduction to The Far Side of Paradise: A Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arthur Mizener notes, “[Fitzgerald] always…wrote about himself or about people and things with which he was intimate. As a consequence his life is inextricably bound up in his works” (xviii)....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Daisy describes the events that have happened: “...Let me tell you what I said when she was born… Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. ‘All right,’ I said, ‘I’ glad glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool--- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’...” (Fitzgerald 21) And in Chapter VII, the reader meets Daisy’s child, Pammy, for a brief moment....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... “Despite its illegal status at the time, alcohol was an integral part of the social lives of the characters in The Great Gatsby. Wealth, status, fine clothing, expensive cars, mansions with maids and butlers- and alcohol: these things seemed to go hand-in-hand” (Prohibition & The Great Gatsby). This was a large business during this era. It is how a lot of men made their illegal money. “This time period was known as the roaring twenties for a reason. The energy and effort that could be used to obtain goals as a country for the betterment of the country, was used for pleasure and power....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Myrtle is considered to be lower class, as she doesn’t have a lot of money. Myrtle sleeps with Tom to inch her way to an upper class status. People who are upper class are the ones that have money, drive fancy cars, and have nice, big houses. Myrtle isn’t one of those people, but desires to be one of them. This later on causes destruction, and destroys Myrtle. It was later found that Daisy was the one that hit Myrtle with her car which resulted in the death of Myrtle. It is ironic that Daisy was the one that killed her, since Myrtle was having an affair with her husband, Tom....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Not only did the Dream get corrupted, but the people attempting to fulfill their dreams of wealth became corrupted too. This was exemplified in the way Gatsby achieved his wealth. While just becoming wealthy was not his ultimate dream, it was necessary to complete it. It is insinuated that Gatsby achieved his wealth through illicit sell of alcohol through his connections with the mob. “A lot of these newly rich people are just big bootleggers, you know” (Fitzgerald 114) said Tom about Gatsby....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Scott Fitzgerald shows each character trying to achieve the american dream in his or her own way we actually believe that they fit the “American Dream” perfectly, but once we get into the story, we find that all of the characters are on so many different levels, corrupted. This corruption prevents them for fitting into the set of ideals that would be defined as the “American Dream”. American dream is all about how hard one work to achieve his goal.Gatsby family was a farmers in the west. he didn 't want to live the same sad life as his parents,where he had to work just to put bread on the table he wanted more then that ,he want to have a legacy.he saw an opportunity to seek,and he took...   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Nick takes notice to the fact that everything in the east, New York, was very different from the Midwest, his home. Nick, the narrator of the story is just starting his new job as a bond salesman. He is a citizen of West Egg and is neighbors with Jay Gatsby. Gatsby, the character which this book is named after was a newly wealthy Midwesterner who moved to the East just like Nick. Gatsby focuses his life on restoring his youth. He lives with the hope that he might reunite with his old sweetheart, Daisy....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... His detailed description shows that Tom’s attitude and his confidence over his house both symbolize the elite and arrogant class in society. Tom Buchanan does not have affection for his wife Daisy. This is seen through him committing adultery with Myrtle and displaying moral corruptness of society. Meanwhile, Jay Gatsby has many illegal business connections with people like Meyer Wolfshiem .He acquired most of his from the smuggling and selling of alcohol. It is evident that Gatsby is not a person that is considered “great” because he used the smuggling and selling of alcohol to reach his high splendor....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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