Any average person would desire to be a “Gatsby” who is extremely wealthy, widely idolized, and seemingly impeccable. Indeed, what makes Gatsby great is his lavish lifestyle and self-earned wealth. However, the more one observes Gatsby, the more one realizes that his epithet is incongruous with his actual character. Not only is the major factor that makes him remarkable, wealth, a result of illegal bootlegging, but he seems to contradict his ‘greatness’ in various instances in the novel. This leaves the readers to speculate that the title of the book is ironic as Gatsby is not great because he is too naïve, pursues after a married Daisy and does not achieve the American Dream. To begin with, Gatsby is not great because he is too naïve. The …show more content…
Furthermore, Gatsby’s epithet is inapt as he fails to attain the American Dream. During his lifetime, he seems like a prominent member of his community because he hosts so many parties. Ironically, at Gatsby’s funeral barely ten people make appearance. Nick even mentions, “But [looking around for visitors] wasn’t any use. Nobody came” (Fitzgerald 174). The readers would expect that a “great” figure like Gatsby would be surrounded by his friends, colleagues, family, and lover at his final proceeding, but the reality is exactly the opposite. He is forgotten and not admired, and his lifetime finesse which he anxiously displayed through his parties does not seem to be remarkable anymore. Ideally, if Gatsby has truly achieved the American Dream, he should be a personification of someone who is eulogized, revered, and loved even until his last moment. However, this is not the case for Gatsby and this leads the readers to realize how he was not “great” enough to fulfill his American Dream. Interestingly though, Gatsby does not cease his chase after American Dream. The novel ends on an irresolute note with Nick saying: “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….And one fine morning——” (Fitzgerald 180). The “green light”, which serves as a symbol for everything Gatsby strived for in his lifetime, lingers even after his death, convincing more people, including Gatsby, that the American Dream is still possible. Even after his demise, he holds a strong faith in the American Dream and the fraudulences that sustains the Dream, which suggests that he is not great because he is still imperceptive of the quixotic nature of the American Dream. Hence, Gatsby’s failure to achieve the American Dream and his incessant chase after it confutes Gatsby’s greatness
Fitzgerald 's focus on this passage this passage relates to how he presents the rest of the novel shows his cynic approach toward the American Dream. This cynicism is highlighted throughout Gatsby, the first time being when Tom crushes his American Dream, and the last when Gatsby dies. The American Dream is viewed as more of this unattainable concept rather than a completely achievable possibility. After this point in the novel, the concept of lost hopes and desires remains present. Without this passage, Nick would not have a moment of realization where he sees the American Dream as unattainable, which influences his decision to want to go back home and leave New York and the possibilities he could potentially have.
The closing pages of the novel reflect on Gatsby’s desire to achieve everything he never had growing. Fitzgerald depicts the traditional American Dream as an American nightmare instead because becoming rich is not enough anymore during the decade the
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, is acclaimed to be one of literatures finest and most memorable. A morally accurate allegory of our nation, the novel is rich with symbolism and beautifully lyrical description. However many have critiqued that it’s ending does not live up to the complex storyline that leads up to it, arguing that the book leaves many loose ties. Although the conclusion to The Great Gatsby is argued to be an ‘empty ending’, it enforces the conclusions Nick, and furthermore Fitzgerald himself, have come to: the carelessness of the Jazz Age as well as the transformation of America from idyllic to corrupt and how that corruption has destroyed the American Dream.
In the New York Times editorial “Jay Gatsby, Dreamer, Criminal, Jazz Age Rogue, Is a Man for Our Times,”(4/7/02) Adam Cohen asserts that Americans identify with the character of Jay Gatsby because they aspire to achieve success, while overlooking the risks that accompany prosperity. He supports his claim by first explaining young Gatsby’s rigorous daily schedule illustrating his focused mentality, then revealing his influential exposure to war and criminal elements, then expressing how he remained pure through his desire for Daisy’s love, and finally presenting the symbolization of the green light which embodies the American Dream. Cohen’s purpose is to demonstrate the flaws in Gatsby’s dream in order to show his unrealistic ambition for success
“He had come a long way…and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him. Gatsby believed in … the orgastic future that year by year recede[d] before [him]” (180). In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby truly believed he could fall in love, rise to social grandeur, and achieve all his dreams. Yet his tragic end was the same fate as of the American Gangster.
The Great Gatsby is an amazing that totally describes almost every aspects of the American’s society in the 1920s: money, classes, fame, and ambitions. Jay Gatsby – our protagonist - is one of those who seeks luxury and position in society to reach his dream. In the characteristic of Gatsby, we can see through the truth, corruption face of the so-called “American Dream”. Although Gatsby under the eyes of normal people in the book is nothing else than a crazy criminal that gained his wealth and goal by committing crimes, his deluxe house, beautiful suits and luxurious party are illusions. But Nick and the readers know that Gatsby is actually more than that; he is “unique”, an excellent individual that different than everyone.
Gatsby is a charming, dedicated, trustworthy man, but best of all, he is great. There are many definitions as to what great means, yet Gatsby still fits them all. No one actually ever saw the great in Gatsby except his neighbor, Nick Carraway. Gatsby is a very great man because he is successful, hopeful, and self-made. Starting from young, Gatsby always had a goal of being successful.
In the last passage of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the reader gains insight into Gatsby’s life through the reflections of Nick Carraway. These reflections provide a summary of Gatsby’s life and also parallel the main themes in the novel. Through Fitzgerald’s use of diction and descriptions, he criticizes the American dream for transformation of new world America from an untainted frontier to a corrupted industrialized society. In the novel, Fitzgerald never mentions the phase “American Dream,” however the idea is significant to the story.
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.
Gatsby was a man who came up from essentially nothing by gaining his money through bootlegging and other illegal acts in order to gain a reputation in society. Gatsby’s constant desire to accomplish more in his life demonstrates the corruption of the American Dream. It is evident that Gatsby has had a thirst for the American dream since a young age, this is shown when Gatsby’s father says: “Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he’s got about improving his mind?
The 1920’s was a very interesting time in United States history. After all World War I had ended and many Americans did not realize that the Great Depression was in the near future, so the 1920’s fell between these two dramatic events. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby teaches many morals, but none more important than the duality of the 1920’s. Duality is evident in Gatsby's dreams, his death, his lover Daisy, his wealth, and his parties, which all reflect the duality of the 1920’s. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald makes the concept of achieving the American dream seem improbable.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is a reflection of the American Dream. Written in 1925, the book tells the story of a man named Jay Gatsby, whose main driving force in life is the pursuit of a woman called Daisy Buchanan. The narrator is Gatsby’s observant next-door neighbor, Nick Carraway, who offers a fresh, outsider’s perspective on the events; the action takes place in New York during the so-called Roaring Twenties. By 1922, when The Great Gatsby takes place, the American Dream had little to do with Providence divine and a great deal to do with feelings organized around style and personal changed – and above all, with the unexamined self .
"The Great Gatsby" is an outstanding piece of classic American literature. F. Scott Fitzgerald discusses the issues on-post-war society, the American dream, love, and wealth. This draws attention to the readers that question if Jay Gatsby is "Great". Despite the uselessness of his beginnings, Gatsby is great due to the intensity of his will. Although, Gatsby is a person whose false love, materialism, and egotism led him to the tragic end.
The Great Gatsby Literary Analysis “They were careless people…” says Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby. In a story depicting the 1920s during a time of prosperity, growth, and the emergence of the America as a major global power, this statement may seem to be contrary. But in reality, Nick Carraway’s description of his friends and the people he knew, was not only true, but is an indication of those who were striving for the American dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald suggests that the American Dream is foolish, the people who pursue it are immoral and reckless, and this pursuit is futile. First, F. Scott Fitzgerald proposes that the American dream is foolish.
A cultural credo whose sociological roots are somewhere between a `Napoleon complex` and Victorian morality, and whose pragmatism lies in class mobility and ideal family. The Great Gatsby works out exquisitely as representative case. Written in 1925, the novel serves as a bridge between World War I and the Great Depression of the early 1930's. What we have all around is the glamour of the Jazz age, the `Roaring Twenties` and indeed the failure of the American Dream. Gatsby is a truly American character, a firm believer in the American Dream of self-made success: he has, after all, not only invented and self-promoted a whole new persona for himself, but has succeeded both financially and socially.