This dream of everyone for the better life, but it was evident that this dream only truly caused corruption and disruption, disruption of human life. This phenomenon of 1920’s that broke fates of many people, people that believed, people that worked hard. The Great Gatsby is a novel that demonstrates what happened to The American Dream in the 1920’s. The desire to have much money and to have love sometimes is not realizable. In the novel of Fitzgerald we see cynical post-war judgments about love and human actions, the novel is a kind of synthesis that graphically demonstrates us the entirely period of time, tragic period of time, period of the loss of human values, period when the human lost himself, frustrating period.
Bradbury’s stories follow a similar genre which is a dystopian feeling where the characters realize what the world has come to be (“Fahrenheit”). Fahrenheit 451, takes place in a dystopia or “... a dehumanizing environment… where the state keeps citizens in thrall be denying them the kinds of positive, useful intellectual stimuli found in books” (Huntington 107). A dystopia is a future where life is appalling. In their attempt to make a perfect future, the government instead created a dystopia where people are destroying their only sense of truth, joy and humanity (Hamblen). Bradbury is trying to convey that, “Dystopian novels show that any attempt at establishing utopia will only make matters much worse” (Dietz).
When in reality, the disillusionment is that they are both having an affair and are unfaithful to each other. Real love is completely unknown to them. Fitzgerald makes it clear that they hide behind their riches and feel they can do anything the wish. This displayed the disillusionment Nick Carraway had of the upper class and diminishing it to being nothing but unhappiness and deceit. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s modernistic novel, The Great Gatsby pointed to many instances where the theme of disillusionment was apparent.
Those who solely focus on wealth may have completely empty lives. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald highlights the fact that wealthy people have meaningless lives. He does this by using rhetoric that shows the carelessness, materialism, and ironies in their lives. In order to show this, Fitzgerald implements rhetoric and stylistic devices that show the emptiness of the characters throughout his novel that reinforces his theme that if materialism, not God, drives one, one’s dreams and hopes will eventually implode. To support his theme of emptiness, Fitzgerald facilitates ironic rhetoric to show the characters’ emptiness, weakness, and eventual destruction.
Inscribing the Mythology of Misery How can we profess that we have an advanced culture, when we have become bereft of the essence that makes us human? In our tireless pursuit of progress, critical understanding of the human condition, instilled since antiquity in the form of mythology and ritual, has all but disappeared. In the first chapter of his book, The Power of Myth, comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell explains in an interview with Bill Moyers how this fundamental self-denial has proven to cause multiple ills at the personal and societal levels. We have marginalized mythology and ritual in contemporary society. This tendency results in adversity.
James Gatz had an appetite for wealth and a distaste for poverty. Despite his humble beginnings, his sheer ambition and determination fueled a passion for him to achieve ‘The American Dream.’ Ashamed of his rather poor upbringing, James Gatz changed his name to Jay Gatsby in an attempt to forget his personally shameful upbringing. This enabled Gatsby to erase his past and start anew. Gatsby was fixated on becoming affluent. As Philip Cross mentions in his article, “morality’s “fundamental decencies” are parcelled out at birth as unequally as ability, and are just as important to acquiring wealth,” which clearly shows the thirst for acquiring wealth replaces the integrity you were born
Empty Lives: The Absence of Love in F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby “Love is when the other person 's happiness is more important than your own” (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.). In F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, many characters are lacking the ability to be unselfish and sacrifice their happiness for a loving relationship. Due to the economic growth in the 1920’s, many people valued money, wealth, status, and the superficial happiness that came with those things more than a stable and loving relationship. They were willing to sacrifice their love for someone with money and social class. Even if one of the characters in The Great Gatsby was supposedly attracted to someone, it was for their status in society rather than their personality, attitude, and moral values.
First impressions are very basic and many times biased or totally false because you have yet to “scratch the iceberg of their personality”. That is where social standings come in, most people believe that the more people you surround yourself with, the more social you are, but it’s a mixture of that and also what random people think of you. Wealth, fidelity, and honesty majorly affect a person’s social standing, but Fitzgerald teaches us that wealthy people still have problems. It is said that money doesn 't buy happiness, but in fact money can provide you with a happiness that poverty does not provide. Now that being said there is some truth to that statement; seeing as money brings its own complications.
Ideas that should have been declared immoral slipped through the cracks and ultimately caused major damage. This shows the prevalence of racism in America when this was written. The loss of intentionality in the actions of Americans lead to a subconscious behavior of discrimination and overall apathetic way of life. Living without purpose limits growth and leaves room for making mistakes more easily in the
For instance, Campbell discusses how America lacks mythology and what little mythology there is focuses around efficiency and getting ahead (Campbell 11-12). Because we lack cultural nuances and have a dogma centered around success, we see the meaning of life as being successful and making money or having fame. That lack of nuances and dogma is what defines our philosophical environment and accordingly, Americans do everything they can to get into a good college, get a good job, and be successful. Our idols are successful people, while unsuccessful people view themselves as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. The meaning we bring to life, then, is materialistic and success-focused because our national philosophical environment espouses those values.
Americans have dreams; many are straightforward, while others are more complex, so what really is a standard American dream for both man and woman. In The Great Gatsby the characters that are old money looked down on Gatsby because he is new money and in their eyes they are better than Gatsby. When we come to think about it, this is very true because even if the American dream is what they crave in life, they have forbidden themselves from it due to their characteristics. Gatsby is new money, however he is still very careless just like Tom along with Daisy. Gatsby’s dream is to see Daisy so he makes big parties every weekend expecting to see Daisy someday.
From the “rags-to-riches” dream, to becoming a rugged individualist, America’s dreams exceed pure commercialistic desires. However, any of these alternative versions of the American Dream are based off of money in some way. The fault of the “rag-to-riches” dream lies within its objective. Similar to social mobility, this dream relies on the poor to sit at the bottom and wish for the top, focusing on money. Even those who have reached success in this dream and become enormously wealthy still only care about their wealth.
Perhaps, the most frightening aspect of this book is the ever-darkening depravity of American culture. Honestly, if a reader traces the opponents of fundamentalism through the work, they find a disturbing trend that explains why America is facing the problems she’s facing today. Slowly but surely, those who hold to fundamentalism are becoming fewer in number. Now, most well-educated people would not know what fundamentalism is or (more importantly) what it stands for. Small wonder America is going to Hell in a handbasket (pardon my