Barbara also mentions how frequently Fitzgerald mentions eyesight and Gatsby’s vanishings. Gatsby’s mysteriousness is brought to the forefront when he suddenly vanishes from conversations, and when the owl-eyed man cannot see through Gatsby’s clever lies. Gatsby’s mysterious behaviors are as obscene as the obscene word written on his steps. Barbara claims, “the text stakes its ending on the inevitability of our forgetting everything about Gatsby that has proved troublesome about his character up to this point” (2). The ending of The Great Gatsby can only make sense by forgetting about Gatsby’s corrupt and mysterious
He wasn’t as fair similarly as Biff at he end of the day. Death of a Salesman contains much that is critical of modern American society. Willy’s misjudgement of his failure in life is demonstrated in the play. He felt as though he has failed because he had no fortune to show for it in either his or his son’s names. What he has truly failed is his family life and his married life.
As the summer ceases to exist and all confliction seems to be progressing towards a resolution, Nick and Gatsby share a crucial moment of their fluctuating relationship on the back porch of Gatsby’s great mansion. “We shook hands and I started away. Just before I reached the hedge I remembered something and turned around. ‘They’re a rotten crowd,’ I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.’ I’ve always been glad I said that.
Willy ignores his family and plants away, having no regards for how late it is, whilst mumbling things about how he must “add up to something” to the figment his dead brother. Later that evening, Willy Loman kills himself. The book, The Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, raises many different questions, circulating around the common theme of success. One question this drama seeks to answer is, can too much desire to be successful cloud your judgement, or is that desire a good thing, that will help you accomplish your goals? This book seems to answer the question with the more negative approach, being that too much desire to be successful may cloud one’s judgement.
The values corroded and corrupted and what remained of the great American Dream was a saturated mass of nothingness that left little hope for those whose dream was far from achieved. The authors Mark Twain and Sinclair Lewis depict this corruption that marred the American Dream through their works The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Babbitt. In their own ways that will be explored in this essay, the two authors critique the American Dream. While Lewis seeks to criticize the emptiness and hypocrisy in the typical middle class American way of life through the instrument of the character Babbitt, Twain’s most acclaimed novel is a comment on the disparity that exists in the realization of the American Dream. Huckleberry Finn, the protagonist in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Through Fitzgerald’s specific wording in this scene, readers see that Gatsby never actually attained his dream of class escalation. This specific excerpt demonstrates the dichotomy of the American social landscape during the 1920s and how it truly affects certain individuals. Nick goes on to think, “…The lawn and the drive had been crowded with the faces of those who guessed at his corruption—and he had stood on those steps, concealing his incorruptible dream, as he waved them goodbye” (Fitzgerald 162). Fitzgerald masterfully used both “incorruptible” and “corruption” in the same sentence to portray that corruption helped Gatsby on his path to achieving his “incorruptible dream”. By manipulating the sentence to contain both of these words, Fitzgerald points out that the only part of Gatsby not infiltrated by darkness was what fueled the darkness in the first place.
He is also arguing that the American public is, actually, losing the war. They are living in a time of relative peace, as he describes, which allows for only a fractured and idolized understanding of what war truly meant. Moreover, the American public is “losing the war,” and its realistic legacy over time, while the world never truly won the war to begin with. Sandlin’s argument unfolds in such a way that addresses both connotations of his title. He pragmatically outlines the psychological limitations of modern Americans, while contrasting them with the widespread trauma of a global
That period of time was all about alcohol, partying, gambling, fashion, and money. The Great Gatsby presents its characters as having living the American Dream. However, it is only a belief; the behaviors they have and decisions they take only leave them with a false perception of life and lifestyle. The Great Gatsby relates to the corruption of the American Dream for those materialistic people who were after money. Fitzgerald reveals the idea of corruption in the American Dream through conditions such as wealth and materialism, power and social status, and relationships involving family and affairs.
In the book, the facade of a dream appears to be at the tips of Gatsby and Myrtle’s fingers but this “pursuit of happiness” sentiment is in actuality impossible. In The Great Gatsby, the characters strive to reach their own ideas of the American dream, a dream which is unattainable due to the expectations of others, the cost of success and their false ideas of reality. The expectations of society, the fear of being rejected or isolated from society causes people to lose sight of their dream. He deceives and evades his past in order for him to achieve acceptance; “Gatsby... remains utterly disconnected from any sort of verifiable geographic background, a fact that poses a dilemma for those like Tom trying to read Gatsby. Nick eventually associates Gatsby with his West Egg home... insisting instead on the absolute autonomy of Gatsby 's manufactured identity” (Beuka).
The Great Gatsby is a well-structured story that represents the decline of the American dream in the 1920’s. Not only does it tell about the facade between the east and west egg, but also the dreams and hope that are corrupted by the false idea of their own utopia. Not to mention the Valley of Ashes demonstrates the wasteland of America’s obsession and waste that shows the ugly consequence that occurred. As the green light vanished, the rusty billboard saw the interactions that took place throughout a land full of dust. Ultimately the symbols represent a life that was unattainable to reach which led to a tragedy in the end.