In the novel of Fitzgerald we see cynical post-war judgments about love and human actions, the novel is a kind of synthesis that graphically demonstrates us the entirely period of time, tragic period of time, period of the loss of human values, period when the human lost himself, frustrating period. The Great Gatsby is about love and money, but its greater subject—the tragic nature of aspiration—links these two in ways that deepen in the broadest, profoundest way our sense of who we
As this novel was set in the 1920s, it was not as normal to run after what you wanted, and to break the social norms. People followed what was written down in the theoretical book of society and ran towards the face of money on a billboard, and didn’t try to be an individual with their own separate goals and aspirations. Fitzgerald really showed in his novel that not every single human was the same, as James Gatsby, for example, strived for his heart to be full with love and not money. Yet, the Buchanans’ focused on their world revolving around a thousand dollar bills and a future with pride and ignorance. Gatsby was a hopeless romantic and this showed through his American Dream, as he wanted only one person to finally achieve the happiness he was pursuing for five years.
He believes that if he can get rich enough that Daisy will leave Tom for him which shows how little he thinks of Daisy, if he thinks that she will only get back together with him if he has money. The parties for Gatsby are more about putting on a good public display. Jay Gatsby is very concerned with his outward appearance, particularly when Daisy Buchanan is the one whose attention he has caught. For Gatsby to throw extravagant parties every day for a whole summer shows that he is a hopeful person even though he had no indication that Daisy will someday show up at his party, but maybe too hopeful of a person. As the plot disentangles, Fitzgerald exposes Gatsby 's dark roots, including his partygoers ' assumptions that he killed a man or is actually a German spy from the Third Reich, and the fact that he can never get the story regarding how he climbed to prosperity, straight.
Just as the American Dream- the pursuit of happiness- has degenerated into a quest for more wealth, Gatsby’s powerful dream of happiness with Daisy has become the motivation for lavish excess and criminal activities. He used his dream to escape from his past, but then was stuck on hold for when he lost Daisy the only part of the dream he really cared for. Gatsby made a dream just for Daisy so she could be apart of his, but saw the meaningless of it when she didn’t choose him in the end. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….
Edwin Fussell in his essay “Fitzgerald’s Brave New World” interprets the novel based on the “connection between Gatsby’s individual tragedy and the tragedy of American civilization” (48). Gatsby pursues a dream which not only destroys his fantasies but a glamorous world he recreated by amassing wealth through boot
The Rise and Fall of the American Dream The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a tragic love story but is also a clear representation of the American dream. Most characters in the novel wanted wealth, fame, and success and would do anything in their power to get this. What they did not realize was that money could not buy them happiness. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald shows how relationships are broken and dreams are eventually ruined by the harsh reality of life. Fitzgerald does a great job representing the rise and fall of the American dream, through symbols like the valley of ashes, the eyes of T.J. Eckleburg, and the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock.
Another way in which Gatsby symbolizes the dying American Dream is the main character 's life. In the beginning of the novel, Fitzgerald starts with Nick the narrator describing Gatsby. He says, “Gatsby turned out alright in the end; it was what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.” This is a direct reference to the American dream dying, because in that reason, that is why Nick moved back to the midwest because he moved to New York for the ambitions of becoming successfully, But this makes little sense because Nick’s family is already rich. During the civil war, Nick ancestor paid off some to serve for them in the Civil War on his behalf while he was making money. Showing the inequality of poor and the rich because many families were not able to do the same thing the Carraway.
Nick and Gatsby were having a discussion on whether “you can't repeat the past” and Gatsby argues without hesitation “‘can't repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!”(Fitzgerald 6). Gatsby is being in denial and nostalgic by believing what he had with Daisy five years ago will still be the same without a doubt, which indicated the greed consumed him mind to make him believe something that was highly unlikely. Fitzgerald was expressing the American Dream through Gatsby and how unrealistic and incapable it is to be content, because the American Dream provides a false fantasy of having everything but it is too good to be true, as shows through Gatsby’s nostalgic personality. Hughes expresses hope in his poem “I, Too, Sing America” when he passionately explains how “they’ll see how beautiful I am,” and accomplishes a better future through hard work, and eventually the white people will “be ashamed” of what they have done (15-16).
Therefore, many novels were written to point out the negative effects of the American dream. Parisa Ghangizi and Parvin Ghasemi took Great Gatsby as an example in their article, Degeneration of American Dream in F. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to explain how the degenerated vision of the American Dream was strongly presented in Great Gatsby’s theme, and the deterioration of the concept of American Dream changed from the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of money. In this novel the main character great Gatsby represents the category of people who became more and more obsessed with money and materials gains. The green light at the end of Daisy’s dock symbolizes what Gatsby longs for the American Dream; this green light signifies the green color of the dollar bills. Daisy cannot bring happiness to Gatsby which means Money itself cannot buy
Through symbolism and the characterization of their main characters, Wharton and Fitzgerald similarly depict the societal elite as depriving American society from a promising future by refusing to let go of the past. Fitzgerald creates Jay Gatsby to illustrate the elite as a detriment to American society. Gatsby had fallen victim to the American