A Dead Man 's Dream By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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A Dead Man’s Dream

Hard work, dedication and initiative are the fundamental values of the great pursuit of success, known as the “American Dream”. Equal to all US citizens, it represents the individual and collective desire to push beyond the boundaries of society and to strive for a better future. For generations, it has been the motivational ground for the progressive development of american civilization. In his critically-acclaimed novel “The Great Gatsby”, F. Scott Fitzgerald effectively uses characterization and metaphors to depict the eventual death of the american dream during the roaring twenties, as his story’s main theme.

During the years following the Great War, American mentality takes a drastic turn. The country, no longer troubled by overseas conflicts, becomes virtually submerged by the obsession of money and materialism. The desire to obtain wealth now far surpasses that of contributing to society and fulfilling one’s honest ambitions. Fitzgerald displays this lust by developing several characters, regardless of their significance to the plot. When Nick goes to Gatsby’s party for the first time, he notices a group of young Englishmen appearing to be selling either bonds or insurance to wealthy and prosperous americans. He notes that “They were at least agonizingly aware of the easy money in the vicinity and convinced that it was theirs for a few words in the right key” (Fitzgerald, 42). This goes to show that people from all over the world are…

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