Great Gatsby Literary Analysis

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The Great Gatsby Literary Essay Noah Kim The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the year 1925. It is a story that criticizes the so-called “American dream”. The common meaning of the American dream is a romantic belief that through hard work and dedication, one can receive the earthly pleasures and live a happy life. This is not the kind of American dream F. Scott Fitzgerald had in mind when writing the novel. The Great Gatsby has a rather eccentric narrator, known as Nick Carraway. He is both an observer and a participant in the events of the story. Because of this peculiar structure, readers have to piece the story together. The disapproval of the American dream is evident all throughout the story. Jay Gatsby, one of the main characters in the novel, is one character who pursues his own dream. Throughout the novel, however, the readers get a sense of ignobility in Gatsby’s attempts to achieve his goal. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows that the American dream is a pointless pursuit of empty wealth, the people who pursue the American dream are people who are blinded by “want”, and this pursuit merely leads to more desire and emptiness. Jay Gatsby's main goal in his life was to win Daisy’s love with his enormous fortune…show more content…
Through the use of characters like Daisy and Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows how seeking greater wealth and trying to live a life based on materialism ultimately leads to emptiness. The optimistic and romantic American dream disintegrated into simply seeking more wealth. The Great Gatsby successfully points out that the American dream is a nothing more than a pointless pursuit of wealth, the people who pursue the so-called American dream are people who are blinded by desire, and this pursuit merely leads to more desire and
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