The late 19th century was full of growth, production, and business. People were craving power and seemed to achieve this through any means necessary. Consequently, a new business elite formed consisting of the richest men alive. The way in which these individuals acquired all their profits is something very contradictory even over one-hundred years later. Some historians characterize these businessmen as “robber barons” who used extreme methods to control and concentrate wealth and power, and being supported by multiple sources, this statement is justified but only to some extent.
"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream." In this quote, by Azar Nafisi, it explains how dreaming can be tainted by reality, and it that if you don 't compromise you may suffer. In the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American Dream is one the many themes in this book. The American Dream that most people in this book obtains to have is wealth, statist, a fun social life, and someone to lust. It is the life we all strive to have until we obtain it and see it 's meaningless composure.
The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a classic 20th century story -that period was also known as the “roaring twenties”- which critiques the vision of the American Dream people in general have. At that time, the idea of a free market, and industrial revolution provided the opportunity for many to seize the market and people were starting to see that they could become rich without having any type of restriction. New York city was the centre of this wealth-creating society. After the war, this movement generated new opportunities and ambitions for people wanting to start a wealthy upper class life. That period of time was all about alcohol, partying, gambling, fashion, and money.
The Dream consists of a seemingly simple theory; success. Charles Foster Kane possessed everything that a materialistic man could dream to have: money, power, a successful career, women, and extravagant possessions some men would go to extremes lengths to have. Yet, Charles had it all. The most important ingredient of happiness in life Kane lacked however, was the single component he couldn 't buy and that was: love. "You won 't get lonely, Charles... You 'll be the richest man in the world someday."
For him the pursuit is almost more enjoyable than the actual reward, think journey over destination. An example is that he enjoyed campaigning seemingly more than the actual victory of the election. The thrill of name calling, debating and mudslinging is what engrossed him in the world of politics. Extroversion leads to making high-risk decisions, for example his bankrupt casinos, resorts and Trump University. All those were high-risk decisions which inevitably failed.
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.
Alex Wales, the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Babylon Revisited represents the shift from a fast paced, crazy lifestyle, to a man who is changing his ways to become a better person. In a way, this can be compared to American society in the Roaring Twenties. Glamorized by works such as Fitzgerald’s own The Great Gatsby, it was a time of parties and reckless abandon. People borrowed money, took out credit cards, and bought all sorts of new luxuries. Alex Wales was also a victim of this.
Over time, Nick’s obsession with wealth significantly affects his own behavior and lifestyle. All four authors illuminate the insidious effects of exceptionalism on the “other” and underscore the self-regulation that American society impresses upon its citizens. The concepts of void and ambiguity illustrate how American society perpetuates its apparent exceptionalism, but this coercion sustains an underlying panopticism — or a pressure to live up to one’s assumed role in the system. Naylor, Plath, Salinger, and Lee each investigate this phenomenon through their respective character explorations of sexuality, gender, youth individualism, and
The year of 1920s seemed as the second industrial revolution and the new mass culture create a national community. F.Scott Fitzgerald fortuitously captured the explosion of image (American culture) and sound-making machinery that came to dominate the American life. Then, he assembled this reshaped culture through by the morality classical novel the Great Gatsby. The young man named Jay Gatsby born in the lowest status of society, unlikely accepted this cruel fate, he worked ceaselessly to be a part of the world power that one day can reach to the woman he loved who born in higher social class. Fitzgerald exploited the story comes with figurative language and characterization so he demonstrated to the audience the ultimate goal may affect when falling in love with someone from a different social class can be an obstacle to achieving the American Dream.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby to portray that if a person has tremendous deal of money either earned or inherited through family does not in turns cause a person jubilant;consequently each of the main characters throughout the novel all portray a certain type of unhappiness.In the novel Gatsby is considered to be the icon of the American dream, or the self-styled “Rags to Riches” prospect of his time. All the money Gatsby has been obtained illegally by selling booze;accordingly,with all goods money can buy for Gatsby. Jay Gatsby throughout the novel is portrayed as not being joyful until he earns Daisy’s love again. Within the novel Daisy is portrayed the complete opposite of Gatsby. Daisy throughout the novel is symbolized that if a person marries into wealth, happiness would come along with the wealth, nevertheless as the novel goes on the happiness of Daisy is slowly revealed that she never loved Tom, and she only married him for his money.