The Decline Of The American Dream In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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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. The idea of moving west to seek fame and fortune was often a fantasy in the 1920’s. There were two parts, the west egg and the east egg, Having the west egg illustrate “new money” and the east…show more content…
Tom, Daisy, Nick, Jordan, and Gatsby head to the city to distract themselves and resolve an issue between the affairs. Daisy said,” It’s so hot, and everything is so confused.” (Fitzgerald, pg.____) Thus linking to the heat as the oppressive situation progresses. It can be viewed as hell and damnation, in chapter seven Gatsby’s dreams were crushed, Myrtle’s infidelity is discovered, and Tom is losing his mind. In similar fashion, the status of the car represents carelessness and the hit and run caused by Daisy. In conclusion, All the symbols have some sort of ties to the decline of the American dream in the 1920’s. The Great Gatsby is full of people doing unethical things for all the wrong reasons and for fulfillment in their lives. Everything that was once in the dark had come to light causing many tragedies. Not to mention, judgment, wealth, and infidelity are the prominent factors in this story. Ultimately the symbols represent a life that was unattainable to reach which led to a tragedy in the
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