Exegesis Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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Believe it or not, the sun has a diameter of about 864, 575.9 miles, making it 400 times LARGER than the moon! Notwithstanding, the two celestial bodies both appear the same size from earth because the sun is 400 times farther away from the earth. Fitzgerald is genius in his illustration of the sun in The Great Gatsby set in Gilded Age. Realist author Mark Twain referred to this period (in the late 19th century and early 20th century) as an era that glittered on the surface but was corrupt on the inside. The competition amongst big business where the wealth accumulated in the hands of the few bashed the poor into heavy poverty in the Valley of Ashes, whereas the sumptuously stylish men and women of West and East Egg lived according to the fantasy of the American Dream birthed in the Gilded age, so they cease to catch sight of anything beyond the money and success that the Gilded Age is known for. Fitzgerald’s basic exegesis of this platonic world is reflected through the eyes of James Gatz who creates a million-dollar platonic from of himself named Jay Gatsby in hopes of winning the heart of his long love, Daisy Buchanan. Instead of rekindling the relationship with the woman of his dreams, he woefully sacrifices his truth for a lie and falls victim to the illusions of the American Dream. Nevertheless, the sun represents the blissful side of the American Dream, which Gatsby--and most characters--identify with due to its great magnitude (like the sun’s size); in contrast, most
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