False Prophet: The American Dream
Samantha Loy 11H
Widely recognized as one of the greatest American novels ever written, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered the defining work of the 1920s, the decade rereferred often as the Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby is a great American novel and a literary classic that truly captures the essence of an era.
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The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the story of love between a man and a woman. However, the main theme of the novel covers the larger and less romantic aspects such as the decay of the American Dream.
Fitzgerald’s descriptions of events are breath-takingly unambiguous and guarantees to lure in the reader. The strength of the novel not only gains and sustains the reader’s attention, but also sends an important message, about the pitfalls of pursuing the American Dream. The novel emphasizes the social stratification of 1920s Americans and the belief that perspectives of identity are grounded by wealth and authority.
In his 1931 novel, Epic of America, James Adams described the dream as “That dream of a land in which a life should be better, richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”
In the Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, and Tom Buchanan fail to pursue this dream and follow its entirety. Rather than complying with this dream, both characters do the opposite, destroying the purpose for The Dream. They portray the ultimate failure of the American Dream in that individuals believe that wealth is everything.
One of the most central conflicts in the novel, and perhaps one of the heaviest deciding
factors in Daisy’s choice to stay with Tom instead of Gatsby, is the conflict between ‘Old Money’ and ‘New Money’. Gatsby is the embodiment of a man living the Dream but it’s all fabricated, as he achieved his riches through illegal activities. This dream is also antagonized by the Buchanan’s, who are in possession of old money and therefore are not allured by the concept of this promise. Gatsby was never truly accepted by Tom and Daisy, and in the end, Daisy chose not to be with Gatsby despite his wealth. Gatsby ultimately dies in pursuit of his dream – shot and left for dead in his own swimming pool. His attempt to achieve the American Dream was unsuccessful.
Gatsby is the titular hero of The Great Gatsby. Nick first comes to know him as an unimaginably well off, secretive man who tosses extravagant gatherings, however, in the long run we gain understanding with his experience: a kid from humble inceptions who is desperate to win back the affection for a rich lady, Daisy, and loses everything in his last endeavor to win her over. Jay Gatsby is a refined character that virtually grew up with nothing; however, although he is still socially inept and lacking in some niceties, he aspires to be a chivalrous host wanting to please those around him.
Jay Gatsby is a naive character, and so is his dream....