For example Tom 's wife, Daisy, was valued like a trophy, instead of a loved one. His lack of compassion led to his numerous affairs because people with new money were used to getting everything they wanted. Daisy was born into the same world of privilege as well. Her heart often chose things of high worth and value, instead of real love and emotion. For instance, Daisy refused to marry Gatsby when he was penniless due to his low status.
Her lack of shame regarding her materialism is what the flapper lifestyle is all about. She married Tom for his money and power so she could enjoy the benefits of his wealth. Daisy is so obsessed with materialism that she even says being a fool is “the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool”, when referring to her daughter. This implies that she believes that a woman shouldn’t strive to be something great. That women should use their looks to survive in this age of industrialization, jazz, materialism and the death of the American Dream.
American Dream The American Dream has come from a desire to increase social standing and quality of living. Although the U.S.’ numerous opportunities have allowed many people to achieve their dream, the American Dream is also flawed. Certain demographics tend to live together in areas with little opportunities reducing their chances of achieving the dream, increasing wealth inequality allows only some to support themselves, and economic downfalls make the American Dream exist in a flawed manner. The American Dream has held many meanings over the course of U.S. history. It focused heavily on the ownership of many material items during the 1920s, epitomized by the classic book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.
As American culture changes over the decades, so does the meaning of the American Dream. The American Dream, a term first coined in 1931 by freelance writer James Adams Truslow, was the theory that each person, regardless of their background, can work hard and get wealthy. It was a very idealistic way of thinking, but unrealistic for many due to inequality and individual aspirations. The literary works of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Luis Valdez’s “In Lak 'ech:You are my Other Me” and “Zoot Suit”, Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s speech “What has happened to the American Dream?” depicts how individuals from different decades in American history define the American Dream. As America evolves throughout the twentieth century, so does what people view as important, which adds on to what the American Dream means.
Both Daisy and the American Dream proved unattainable, and thus they leave their victims lost and ruined. Wharton and Fitzgerald convey a similar message in their novels The Age of Innocence and The Great Gatsby respectively. Wharton focused more on the elite as a detriment while Fitzgerald focused on the American Dream as a detriment. Even so, both authors illustrated their scorn through the development of their characters and symbolism. They illustrated their disapproval of a society that gives them false hope before destroying them in the
The desire for a luxurious life is what gets Myrtle into having an affair with Tom Buchanan. Her immoral decision harms her marriage with George, which leads to her loss of happiness and dreams of a rich life. Myrtle is full of life and dreams, perfect for a
The 1920s was a time of economic prosperity, social change, and growth in materialism. Despite the range of changes occurring across the nation, one thing remained constant; the search for the American Dream. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby; an enigmatic man of wealth, grapples with his own pursuit of the American Dream and the lengths at which he must go to in attempt to attain it. Fitzgerald argues that the American Dream is often sought after obsessively through acquiring wealth, and perseverance, despite its unachievable nature. Gatsby’s accumulation of wealth demonstrates his resolute attempt to reach the American Dream.
Eventually, in his life, he becomes one of the richest and most famous people in America; it many ways it would appear that he had achieved the American Dream. However, if we analysed Gatsby’s life closer there is still things that were not accomplished in his life, specifically his love of his Daisy, marries someone else. Furthermore, while he is well known, he lacks many true friends, and finally, that even though he became rich, people still rejected him calling him a bootlegger. Fitzgerald uses The Great Gatsby to say that the American Dream is never truly attainable as there are always going to be unintended ups and downs, as seen through Gatsby’s failures and shortcomings. Throughout the book, many characters say that Gatsby was a
The American Dream has forever been a controversial topic in which it is either achievable or not and it all matters on the perspective it is looked at, to the upper-class it is very well achievable as they might already be there but to the lower class it is not. The novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is the portrayal of the American Dream and how it appears to represent liberty and the capability to make people wealthy through determination and hard work, but exposes the truth behind the dangers of greed and egocentric quest of contentment. While Langston Hughes’ portrayal of the poem “I Too, Sing America” is his imagination that one day, white and colored individuals will eat "at the table" with each other, and colored citizens