First Draft: Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case” and F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
In Willa Cather’s "Paul’s Case" and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, money, fame and lust is the persona of the American Dream because that is what the protagonists try to achieve in their lives, they try to attain the American Dream. People seem to strive and attain materialistic items or the attention of their past lover or to attain a fake lifestyle where they don’t realize that the money is going to run out. In addition, materialism and affluence affects the protagonists in these texts when they realize that these two things are not enough to reach their initial goals. In "Paul’s Case" and The Great Gatsby, critics describe these texts as cautionary tales because when attaining wealth, it can destroy your life by paying for your transgressions, and losing your life from the accumulation of illegal wealth, and by believing that attaining wealth can solve their problems when in fact it doesn’t solve anything because wealth is just materialistic and with wealth you can’t buy the love of anyone.
In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby wanted to become rich and that was his initial goal. When Gatsby was growing up he had imagined becoming a millionaire and while he had been working for a millionaire he decided that he wanted to achieve afflation. In addition, in the past when Gatsby was with Daisy, Gatsby left her because he was in a low income social class and he thought that he wasn’t good enough for her; he thought that she didn’t want to settle for a man without money. For example, when Gatsby and Daisy were young, Nick Carraway explained the life of Gatsby as “ A son of god--a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that--and he must b...
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...nd that money is just an object, a thing. Additionally, critics describe these text as cautionary tales because when you do wrong things and accumulate illegal wealth, you do pay the price for your actions.
In brief, the protagonists in these texts have attained wealth to reach their goals of grabbing the attention of a lost love, trying to receive social acceptance, and trying to live a fake lifestyle without knowing that their wealth will slowly run out. Additionally, critics would consider these texts as cautionary tales because when you try to become rich it can ruin your life by either paying the price or losing your life through attaining illegal wealth. These protagonists believed that their goals can be reached through wealth when in fact they were both wrong. Money is just part of the American dream; however, money can’t solve problems.
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