To achieve this dream, he began to work to be rich because he thought this would make her love him. Frederick C. Millett says that, “Gatsby’s dream is tarnished by his material possessions, much like America is now with our obsession with wealth.” Gatsby was so hooked up on trying to gain as many material things that he couldn’t focus on the real meaning of love. His American Dream failed because he was so focused on making as much money as he could that it corrupted his life. The American Dream is never truly going to be reached because no one can have a certain amount of money and be happy with it. There is always a thirst for more.
We really first start to see foreshadowing to this theme in the second Chapter with George Wilson and Myrtle Wilson, one making a living as a mechanic/gas station operator, the other making money by being in an affair with Tom respectively. This brings to mind how the American Dream of fortune can’t always be brought around by hard work, in the case of George. Later on in Chapter 4 the reader learns about Gatsby’s plan to win Daisy back through his show of wealth and social power. Daisy, being the ultimate symbol of success for Gatsby, is his goal that has been for so long out of reach. Next in the 5th Chapter, Gatsby starts an affair with Daisy.
Lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society, ‘they were too poor to afford a telephone’ (Oxford Dictionary 2017) The significance of Having a great deal of money or assets; wealthy, ‘a rich and famous family’, ‘every day the split between the rich and the poor widens’, (Oxford Dictionary 2017). Rich is portrayed as having a ton of cash or belonging: profitable, important, or huge. Poor is described as lacking in sum or demonstrating neediness. However, when we meet a man or lady, do we judge them by their riches or by the "lavishness" or "poverty" in their character? Through perceptions of the rich, a man or lady who has acquired abundance in many cases are deficient in character attributes that makes up a decent man or ladies.
For instance, in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald indirectly criticizes the American Dream. Instead of the idea of pure joy attainable for the compensation of hard works, Fitzgerald portrays his idea of the American Dream by Gatsby. In the book, Gatsby’s American Dream is the affluence of material goods and winning Daisy, a fascinating girl. Gatsby, however, ends up dying because of his endless greed. Summing up, The Great Gatsby’s meditates the idea of the American Dream as reaching towards goals greater than themselves, being completely out of reach.
The great gatsby was revolted around the main character jay gatsby as gatsby represented the roaring twenties and the gilded age also the american dream as well as gatsby would not have to worry about money or keeping his name in the public’s eye of veiw gatsby threw parties he would spoil people with gifts and he would life a life that every american wanted to live in the twenties so when jay gatsby did die the gilded age the roaring twenties the american dream and of course the large parties all would die along side of jay gatsby . It was clear that there was going to be some weird tensions or curiosity between nick and gatsby as it was very clear that when nick first met gatsby he didn’t know what to make of gatsby and you could tell that nick just didn’t like the man who gatsby was .
Some may say that each generation molds the American Dream, but the deceit and desolation still lingers. The Great Gatsby reveals a societal truth, showing how the American Dream deteriorated in the 1920’s because of its corruption, inaccessibility, and deception hiding inside its lavish lure of wealth. When the American Dream comes to mind, one often thinks of wealth, believing that money will solve their problems. Money provides food, clothing, shelter, and leisure, but money doesn’t necessarily equal happiness. An article written by David Kamp and published in Vanity Fair states that “the term has often been interpreted to mean “making it big” or “striking it rich.”’ (Source E).
Leonardo Dicaprio shares that “The truth is that I’ve always been fascinated with wealth in America. To me, it’s been about the American Dream and the corruption of that dream.” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby tells of…. The novel makes a naturalistic argument on how the American Dream is an elite meritocracy for the working upper class, where rags-to-riches fantasies ultimately deteriorate into ash. To illustrate this theory, we must look to the two Eggs that scrambled the morals of its populace to the point of boiling over. Beyond the bustling city, there are two “enormous eggs, identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay” (Fitzgerald 5).
The Failed American in Great Gatsby After the First World War, the old values in society were breaking down and great changes happened among the new generation. Thousands of Americans speculated and gambled on the stock market and many people made a lot of money over a night. So there emerged a group people---they chased a material well-being life and a more capitalistic and materialistic attitude but lack of spiritual pursuit, which is called “The American Dream”. Generally, the American Dream aspires to rise from rags to riches, while accumulating such things as love, high status, wealth, and power on his way to the top. In the story of The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald shows a theme of how the American dream affects all of the characters: each of them has their own aspiration for their future life, but, ironically, their aspiration is only revolved around wealth.
Only 1 out of every 32 people accomplish the dream they set forth to achieve. There is of course a barrier which a person should never go past, as shown in “The Great Gatsby.” The Great Gatsby is a tragic love story on the cover, but it’s most commonly understood as a cynical critique of what the novel tries to explain what could have been the American Dream. In the novel, Jay Gatsby overcomes his poor past to gain an unconvincing amount of money and a limited amount of social environment that was the 1920s of NYC, only to be rejected by the “old money” crowd. He then gets killed after being tangled up with all of his lies ultimately being no ones care for who he really was? Though Gatsby’s limit was death, his idea for the American dream can be
Gatsby’s luxurious Rolls-Royce is an automobile that symbolizes wealth and high class, but is compared to a “yellow bug”. Besides happiness, yellow is a counterfeit compared to the genuine gold. Gatsby drives around a Rolls-Royce but he goes around shuttling people to his parties, making his fancy car seem as if it was a regular yellow bug giving the people of the working class a fictitious feeling of happiness. The author shows that Gatsby’s actions outcast him to the old money status. This emphasizes that wealth does not give you superiority, only the old money status.