Though the appearance of success and happiness usually indicate what many would be tempted to call the American dream, Fitzgerald undermines such idealism by revealing the deceptive nature of Daisy and Tom Buchanan’s marriage. Not only do Tom and Daisy’s marital problems make for a compelling plot but their relationship also represents an important facet of Fitzgerald’s argument: The American dream is not what it appears to be. Nonchalantly, Jordan Baker reveals more about Daisy and Tom’s marital problems to Nick: “I thought everybody knew.” “Tom’s got some woman in New York” (15). Again, deceit appears within the Buchanan marriag...
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... dies in the corruption and deceit of its making. Fitzgerald makes evident that those who pursue the dream of attaining its brand of success, as defined by those around one, curse themselves to a life corrupted by those who pursue that same ideal. The American dream, like the conspiracy between the baseball players and gamblers involved in throwing the 1919 World Series (73), is a conviction held so strongly that those who pursue the American dream become the corruption and deceit in it or, at least, the facilitators of such unethical behavior and immorality.
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm. Human All-Too-Human. Trans. Helen Zimmern.
New York, Cambridge UP: 2002. N. pag. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Human_All-Too-Human#FIRST_DIVISION_-_First_And_Last_Things. Web. 22 June 2010
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.New York: Scribner, 2004.
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