Disillusionment In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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Actress Marilyn Monroe once said, “Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting than being one.” Things aren’t what they seem to be, things such as money, relationships, or even jobs is what is thought to be needed. The need for fulfillment is what drives the cravings for these pleasures, thinking that if they are achieved, then satisfaction will appear. This can still be said today when it comes to the disillusioned people in modern society. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald investigates this disenchantment in his novel The Great Gatsby. The story shows a man, Jay Gatsby, that was raised from nothing get an opportunity of a lifetime to change his whole persona when he meets Dan Cody, the man who gave Gatsby a new identity. Overtime Gatsby’s infatuation with wanting to live the American dream evolved when he met Daisy, thinking she was the last piece to his puzzle of fulfillment. Gatsby bought a house across from Daisy, kept pictures of her in a scrapbook, and even used Nick, his new neighbor, to get reunite with her. In the Great Gatsby through the disillusionment of Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald highlights that money and other pleasurable things are only a superficial gateway to material…show more content…
Both Jesus and Gatsby were sent here for a reason, Jesus was here for healing the sick and preaching the lord, while Gatsby's was “the service of vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty.” There is a certain level of shame to Gatsby, reinventing a whole new persona to earn the respect from Dan Cody. Fitzgerald describes when Gatsby made this alter ego by saying that he was seventeen at the time, this proves that Gatsby has kept that mindset over the years, not letting go of it. This makes Gatsby look not only dedicated to his persona, but naive in the way he still had adolescent

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