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.
In "The Great Gatsby", Fitzgerald explores a number of themes such as religion, fame, relationships but perhaps the most important theme is the downfall of the American Dream. The book depicts Gatsby 's lifestyle, living what he believes to be his American Dream. The American Dream is the definition of success, where anyone can be successful as long as they are willing to work hard for their dreams. Gatsby seems to be living his dream since he grew up in a farm with limited resource, and has become rich and famous. Throughout the book, Fitzgerald gives his view on the American Dream since the 1920 's and how it had lead Gatsby to deception and artificial relationships.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald is very meticulous on how the novel is shown as more satirical rather than romantic. The visionary of the American Dream is the most coveted life during this time period, so Fitzgerald used this lifestyle to mock and expose the vices of others. Fitzgerald uses certain aspects of this lifestyle to show characters satirical impulsiveness or materialism, which ridicules them and the ideals of the 1920s. During the time period in which this novel took place, the American Dream was perhaps the most sought after lifestyle. The American Dream during the roaring twenties is the pursuit of wealth regardless of morals.
The American dream stands as a symbol for hope, prosperity, and happiness. But F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby, examines the American dream from a different perspective, one that sheds light on those who contort these principles to their own selfish fantasies. Fitzgerald renders Jay Gatsby as a man who takes the Dream too far, and becomes unable to distinguish his false life of riches from reality. This 'unique ' American novel describes how humanity 's insatiable desires for wealth and power subvert the idyllic principles of the American vision. Jay Gatsby is the personification of limitless wealth and prestige, a shining beacon for the aspiring rich.
The view of the American Dream is different for everyone. The Epic Journey, by James Truslow Adams, views the American Dream as a dream of attaining one’s fullest stature regardless of one’s social status. Similarly, in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s American Dream relates to Adam’s dream but limited to materialistic wealth- a dream that seeks for motor cars, higher wages, and to impress the people of high status. Both Adams and Gatsby believe that everyone has an equal chance of achieving their dream. Adams says “The dream is that dream of land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”.
Fitzgerald focused on the shift in the American Dream - from being the idea of self-fulfillment, dignity and comfort that is achieved through hard work, to being equated with the pursuit of wealth and power, and identifying happiness with having money. The novel depicts the rise and fall of the concept and describes the causes of its decay. The downfall of the American Dream is most accurately shown through the main protagonist of the story – Jay Gatsby. To reiterate, the American Dream is the concept that anyone can achieve a better life and become self-fulfilled, if they put enough effort to it and make the most of their abilities. To some extent, Gatsby is successful in managing this, as his poor background does not determine his future and he rises to a higher position in the society.
Discuss Fitzgerald 's presentation of the American Dream in the novel. The American Dream is defined by the ideal where the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility, can be achieved through hard work and determination by any American-regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. Despite such positive connotations for this ideal, its darker side is found to be explored throughout the novel. The fact that this Dream is unrealistic, corruptive, attractive but ultimately dangerous, is portrayed through characterisation of various characters. The attractiveness of this ideal is the emphasis on how anyone will be able to become financially or socially successful, and this can be seen through the characterisation
The American Dream The American dream can be interpreted in multiple ways. I believe that the American Dream can be viewed as the belief that anyone, through hard work and dedication, could achieve their goal of wealth and happiness. Everyone chases the American dream as it catches everybody 's eye, but very few can actually achieve it. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, several characters are trying to reach the so called American dream. Some of the characters include Gatsby, George, and Myrtle.
The characters in the novel are all somewhat materialistic. For instance, when speaking of his affection for Daisy, Gatsby says, “‘Her (Daisy’s) voice is full of money,’ he (Gatsby) said suddenly.” (pg. 120) This quote gives the reader an explanation as to why a fairly moral man as Gatsby would try to make so much money so quickly and illegally- seeing as his love interest wanted money. Daisy and Gatsby’s parallelism comes from their obsession with material wealth and how they place it at utmost importance in their lives. In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, there are many different types of literary devices and these each, in some way, relate to the theme of the disillusionment of the American dream.
The Great Gatsby says so much about “The American Dream”. What do you and I think The Great Gatsby is when combined along with an American Dream? “The American Dream” is a idea of plan for every U.S. citizen to have an equal chance of opportunities to achieve their success from all the hard work they produced. The Great Gatsby and “The American Dream” can say so much about the times, dreams, wealth, love, marriage, and all. The Great Gatsby is about a mysterious man named Gatsby who lived a life of wealth anyone would want and anyone would ever dream of and die for.