"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.
The American Dream has always been extremely sought after, which is a topic F. Scott Fitzgerald covers in his novel, The Great Gatsby. The characters wish they had the Dream; wealth, security, fame, and love. The most significant characters who desire the American Dream, Jay Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson, and George Wilson, all die at the end. Despite background and amount of affluence, all characters live harrowing and unsuccessful lives. Fitzgerald uses symbol and character to build his theme of money does not guarantee people 's perceptions or dreams.
Ultimately, these aspirations lead to negative repercussions. First of all, the pursuit of perfection can be observed by the actions of a particular individual in Death of a Salesman. The main character of the play, Willy Loman, was a man with misguided life goals. A rather insecure person, Willy placed strong emphasis on his reputation and self-image. He wanted more than anything else to be a popular salesman well-liked by everyone around him – it was the perfect portrayal of himself.
Consequently, the dream had been lost and the meaning had been diminished. “In the Great Gatsby, the American Dream lost its meaning. It promised deepest and richest self-fulfillment for those who would make the most of their natural abilities” (Gross, Gross 9). There were such high expectations for the people who thought their dream was going to come true. Some people worked so much harder than others to finally pursue that dream, of becoming the best person or best image of themselves.
The actually “successful” people – successful in that at least they survive – (the Buchanans, Nick, and Jordan) are all old money; while those who fail (Gatsby, Myrtle, and George) are the strivers. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrayed the American Dream as a brutal reality of people’s life and shows the condition of the society where people were lost because of the influences of the Great War. Corruption, brutality, and another structure of the society was a riddle for them to cope
Jay Gatsby seemingly has achieved everything, going from an unsuccessful working class family, to a millionaire known for his parties. Yet even after all he has accomplished, he still desires more and more. This begs the question as to what does one want when they have everything? The answer, at least according to Jay Gatsby, is to change his own history. The evolution of Gatsby’s desires show that Fitzgerald believed the American Dream could easily become addicting.
The novel The Great Gatsby is a modernist work by Fitzgerald. He projected the theme of American dream in this novel where people’s main motive was to live a luxurious life. The writers tries to combine the concept of American dream with the modernist approach and tells us that what is the true meaning of this dream for the people and how they have lost the basic concept of this dream. The American dream which Gatsby follows is to achieve Daisy who he loves the most but can not have her due to the changing situation. Daisy represents a modernistic woman who is very different from other women.
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.
Ultimately the symbols represent a life that was unattainable to reach which led to a tragedy in the end. The idea of moving west to seek fame and fortune was often a fantasy in the 1920’s. There were two parts, the west egg, and the east egg, Having the west egg illustrate “new money” and the east egg illustrating “old money”. With this in mind an egg indicates a false show of purity from the outside, but corrupt on the inside. Correspondingly, the east egg is an old aristocracy that posses grace and innocence who believed they were dominant to those around them.
Throughout The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many characters have differing views on the topic of the American Dream, some including Nick Carraway, James Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan. They range in views of a dream revolved around money and pride, and a life full of love and success. Yet, it is not possible for every single person to achieve what they want in life. The American Dream is achievable if determination and passion is loaded into the efforts, but not everybody can reach it if it lies too far away and the person doesn’t feel like pursuing it. 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.