The American dream is the idea through hard work, everyone has the opportunity to become fabulously rich. The goal is a luxurious life without a care in the world, but F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, refutes that idea, believing that this dream life leads to a decadent life. Fitzgerald writes The Great Gatsby as a critique of the American Dream. This belief of his reflects in his novel. The main character: Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby, are all wealthy people; they indulge themselves in their unnecessary luxuries, and in turn, turn immoral, each in their own ways.
This is extremely unfair treatment and have set up stereotypes in society.. Where for example if a wealthy person gets into a fight usually they say “well oh boys will be boys”. If we were to see that happen with a poor person specifically from the hood he would then be seen as a “thug”. People in society tend to think that these type of things are okay and they become the norm. These types of things are not okay and makes one realize how important money really is and how much it can contribute to certain situations. Which brings one to think justice is never served because no matter the consequence it 'll never
He was once of a lower-class status, which led him to feel self-conscious and embarrassed about his earlier stages of life. Gatsby was afraid to let others know about the difference in his social status; therefore, he tried his best to be mysterious and hide the fact that he was from new money. Jay Gatsby went through extraordinary measures to become one of the richest people in New York just so he could impress the girl of his dreams, Daisy Buchanan. Daisy belonged to the upper-class of society so when Gatsby was living in poverty, she did not accept him for who he was. After Gatsby acquired all his fortune, his mysterious past and actions still became a barrier between him and Daisy.
This implied that the rich people only do one thing, which is just hang out with each and basically drink alcohol. A facet of the ‘rich class” would be hollowness because all they have to live with is their wealth, and with good fortune some seem unhappy. They often feign that they actually like one another when in reality they don’t. The wealthy never want
It can cause the destruction of one’s character and dreams, as it does in The Great Gatsby. When the American dream first sparked in the 1920’s, people were so naive to the destructive side of having a fortune. People based their lives on drinking and having fun, ignoring the possibilities that would come to them in the future or who they would become. The story of “the Great American Classic,” or The Great Gatsby, ultimately suggests that the American dream of being wealthy causes corruption to peers, romances and relationships, and society as a whole. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses different symbols to show aspects of the American Dream.
Money can have many effects on a person. While lack of money can make a man miserable, wealth can do the same. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited” shows that wealth can still cause unhappiness and therefore shouldn’t be viewed as an ideal. A person should rather work towards constantly improving oneself. Charlie, who is the protagonist of the story, was once very rich.
Gatsby used the American dream to build his wealth to get Daisy. In the book he is the only one who uses the American dream for a a for a noble cause. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made”(Fitzgerald 136-145). They are careless and showy and this is the only thing they have to show for their success. The rich are only seen a successful because of the money that people think they have.
Myrtle is poor and is more rough and not such a soft personality, while Daisy is rich, very classy, and she is every man’s dream girl. Since Tom cheats on Daisy with Myrtle, she feels like she means something to Tom and gets jealous that tom is always talking about Daisy. Fitzgerald shows that the more wealthy characters seem more arrogant and self centered and the poor seem more selfless and caring, yet the wealthier characters can also be more classy and the poor have less manners. If someone were to have more money than another person, it doesn't mean they are better than anyone else. It just makes them wealthier.
One example of this is that Daisy did not marry Gatsby seeing he was poor at that time; instead, she married Tom, who was rich. Daisy’s priority was to be with someone who had money, so even though her heart was for Gatsby, Daisy decided to follow the money instead. The quote to support this reasoning is when Daisy said “ rich girls don't marry poor boys”(Fitzgerald 93). This quote explains the idea that woman fall for men with money, Daisy loving Gatsby, though he was broke and Tom had money she chose money
On one hand, Gatsby gains enormous wealth through his own effort from the bottom of the society, which could be regarded as “the great” from a practical perspective in his guests’ eyes. However, in the end, his success becomes just an illusion. His ultimate dream—Daisy’s love –cannot be gained even if he is that wealthy, and his tragic death indicates that “the greatness” of his striving is easy to be destroyed. On the other hand, “the great” also reveals that Gatsby used to be a great figure in his numerous guests’ eyes, when he is able to hold glamorous parties every week. However, ironically, eventually he is just a nobody that none of his friends except Nick care after his death.