"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 that if a person doesn’t compromise they may suffer. In the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American Dream is one the many themes present. The American Dream that most people in this book hope to have involves wealth, status, a fun social life, and someone to lust after. It is the life they all strive to have until they obtain it and see its meaningless composure.
Fitzgerald effectively highlights the fallacy of the American Dream through Gatsby’s sincere journey into the wealthy society--and eventually his traumatic decline--as he reaches out to Daisy’s ghostly heart. The devils of our past will thus constantly pull us into the maze of our history, a labyrinth entangling us, suffocating our fantasies and ambition, until we are left shattered into a numb pile of lost dreams and
It suggests much about the sterility, aridity, vacuity of modern life. It depicts how sexual relationships have been diminished, devitalized, debased and life at its vital centre has dwindled into meaninglessness and banality. The Great Gatsby must be interpreted as a meditation about the failure of American Dream. John Peale Bishop recognized Gatsby as “The emersonian man brought to completion and eventually to failure (115) Lionel Trilling, an influential critic on the literature of the twenties, insisted that “Gatsby, divided between power and dream, comes inevitably to stand for America itself” (251). 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).
The dream is represented by the ideas of a self sufficient man or woman, who is willing to do anything to achieve the goal of becoming successful. The Great Gatsby shows what happened to the American Dream in the 1920’s, a time period when dreams became corrupted for many reasons. The desire for a luxurious life, the hope for happiness, and the ambition for something unachievable and work together to ruin the American Dream. The Great Gatsby shows a time when the American Dream is failing, humanity is corrupting it by their wants of possessions leading to the all out demise of the American Dream. The desire for a luxurious life is what gets Myrtle into having an affair with Tom Buchanan.
The American Family Myrtle and George Wilson were once two passionate lovers, caring for nothing else in the world but each other. However, Myrtle’s selfish aura led her to fall in love with not a man, but a thing: money. She became unhappy with her husband and decided to move on to someone more enticing, someone wealthy like Tom Buchanan. In the novel The Great Gatsby written by Fitzgerald, the Wilsons are discontent with their lives by portraying the theme of how when money is involved, they will become dissatisfied with one another and turn to lives of greed and selfishness. The source of Myrtle and George Wilson’s problems is that they have different viewpoints on each other which lead to Myrtle’s dissatisfaction with him.
Although Gatsby believes in what he was doing is the way to buy Daisy’s love, Nick Carraway takes note of the hopeless idealisation that Gatsby has made in Chapter 5 “There have been moments, when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion.” (pg. 92). Nick is referring colossal as an illusion in relation to Gatsby and his efforts in throwing his old life away to create a new life and persona.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald lived the luxurious life of the roaring ‘20s; however, by the end, his life was controlled by drinking and his beloved wife had descended into insanity. Fitzgerald never quite fulfilled his American dream. Fitzgerald’s main character, Jay Gatsby, mimics the path of his own successes and failures. Although Fitzgerald clearly defines the American Dream as a lifestyle of luxury, love, and void of responsibility, the subliminal message of the novel is that perfection, such as the American dream, is unattainable; however, striving for the impossibility of perfection is imperative if one hopes to secure contentment in their life. What is the American dream?
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.
Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ and Tennessee Williams’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ are both texts which explore human suffering on a profoundly intimate scope, the two texts contain multiple similarities and differences but ultimately offer noteworthy examinations of ‘The American Dream’ concept from multiple narratives and viewpoints. The main protagonists from the two texts, Willy Loman and Blanche DuBois share similar qualities, it can be argued that they are both naive idealists and romantics who refuse to accept the harsh realities that fate has dealt them by immersing themselves in their own fantasies. The fundamental principal of the ‘American Dream’ concept implies the equal opportunity for all individuals to achieve prosperity
Wilde’s characters lie to develop their appearance, and they even lie about their names. Both Jack and Algernon introduce themselves as Jack’s brother Earnest, and Cecily and Gwendolen say they can only love a man named Earnest. The characters are hyper focused on trivial matters, like one’s name. This illustrates the Victorian culture to value appearance over substance. For example, the Victorian characters care more about perceivable qualities than the truth.