Without a doubt, it is a fantastic representation of an age in American history when everything was possible, or at least people thought it was. The underlying cause for everything that happens in the novel is an idea, an idea towards which everyone strives and dreams of. This idea is none other than the omnipresent notion of the American Dream.
Life The s exemplified the flaws of the American Dream and the tragic misinterpretation that money outweighed hard work and morals. The Great Gatsby, set in the s, represents the demise of the traditions and values behind the American Dream as the desire to be rich took over.
The novel appears to deal with the failed relationship of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, however the overall theme has to do with the culture of the s and the cultural elements that led to the downfall of the American Dream.
The new meaning of the American Dream combined with its altered results created the idea that money equated to happiness in the s. During the s, the American Dream was perceived as attainable by anyone, regardless of family history or social status, if they worked hard enough.
While Gatsby does not solely represent the s man living the American Dream, Fitzgerald created a character that resembled the corruption and misinterpretations surrounding the values and ideas behind the American Dream during the time period.
The wealth and power must be put into evidence. It was not enough anymore to obtain the life of the American Dream without outdoing your neighbor and advertising your success.
The hard work success story became overshadowed by the outcome of the success, allowing society to lose sight of what the American Dream really was.
Men like Gatsby overlooked all aspects of the American Dream other than money, and focused on becoming wealthy over all else.
Originally, the American Dream was the act of rising through social and economic standings through hard work that was rewarded solely by the satisfaction of having accomplished something. However, men in the s like Gatsby shed away from this tradition and instead flaunted their excessive wealth through materialism.
Gatsby had to seek reassurance from others to prove not only to everyone else, but also to himself that he had accomplished something impressive. Because of this insecurity, Gatsby spent every weekend throwing extravagant, lavish, drunken parties as the host of hundreds of people he did not know.
It was not about creating actual relationships, but creating the illusion of his popularity and social status. For Gatsby, the American Dream held no morals or values involving hard work paying off.
It was not the reward of achievement and success that drove him to rise in wealth, but the promise of what that wealth would mean. As society evolved and the wealthy gained privileges the poor could only dream of, the meaning of wealth evolved as well.
For many people in the s, achieving the American Dream meant more than hard work paying off. Instead, it possessed the power to unlock all the perks of the upper class.
For Gatsby, it unlocked a once impossible love; for others, it unlocked the elaborate, materialistic consumerism that came with the wealth and status.
The lifestyle itself was the new reward of this achievement rather than the achievement itself being the reward. Rather than hard work and perseverance equating to success, the American Dream represented the idea that money leads to happiness in the s. The American Dream, and the reward of overcoming adversity and beating the system with hard work, had evolved.
When Gatsby experienced the letdown that his house, his parties, and his wealth had not allowed him to have Daisy, he let go of it all.
He fired his servants and closed his gates to visitors looking for a party. When the one thing he tried to achieve through his success failed, the rest of the pieces that added to that success began to fall apart and fail too.
Others during the twenties experienced this let down when they realized that living the American Dream and becoming wealthy would not solve all their problems; it would not lead them to complete happiness or true love.
The frantic desire to achieve a higher social status and become wealthy took over all aspects of society. Americans were willing to turn to illegal and immoral things to achieve wealth and status while ignoring the values and hard work that had previously defined the American Dream.
The activities related to Prohibition led to a decline in the American Dream.The green light at the end of Daisy's dock is symbolic of both 'The American Dream', where America was perceived as a land of opportunity with limitless possibilities which could be obtained by courage and hard work, and Gatsby's dream to repeat the past and be reunited with Daisy.
The Great Gatsby: The Corruption of the American Dream through Materialism The American dream is an ideal that has been present since American literature's onset.
Typically, the dreamer aspires to rise from rags to riches, while accumulating such things as love, high status, wealth, and power on . Gatsby's character is probably the single most important factor in the story of his life and death, but Daisy and a society which rewards corruption play a part as well.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's depiction of the soured American Dream dramatizes the internal and external forces at work in a modern tragedy about human potential for corruption.
Jay Gatsby (originally named James "Jimmy" Gatz) is the title character of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby. The character, a millionaire and the owner of a luxurious mansion where extravagant parties are often hosted, is described by the novel's narrator, Nick Carraway, as being "the single most hopeful person I've ever met".
The true meaning of the American Dream is lost by the characters in The Great Gatsby, and leads. them to the downfall of their life trying to obtain it's illusionary goals.. For Jay, in The Great Gatsby, the interpretation of the dream is that through. Apr 07, · Adam Cohen Editorial Observer on F Scott Fitzgerald's character Jay Gatsby as man for our times, believing in American gospel of self-improvement and unable to resist 'pull of the green light'. The Great Gatsby and Revolution, in Theme and Style PAUL M. LEVITT Hillside Road Boulder, Colorado United States of America When Jay Gatsby "takes" Daisy Fay in October (Fitzgerald, Gatsby 59, ), the date is not incidental; it.
We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Dec 12, · No, Jay Gatsby is no Hud, but they both speak to corruption in their own way. Where Gatsby is urban, elegant and metaphorical, Hud delivers a direct, simple, unequivocal, unwavering, social critique set in rural America.