Corruption Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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During the Roaring Twenties, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald establishes the motif of corruption in a society where there was promise of social mobility and freedom to those who sought after it. The novel is narrated by Nick Carraway who leaves the Midwest and moves to the East in search of a better life. He discovers many different types of people in the East: those who achieved the American Dream, those who are trying to achieve the American Dream, and those who have yet to achieve the American Dream. Through Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson, Fitzgerald establishes the theme of the corruption of the American Dream.
First, Fitzgerald portrays the deception of the American Dream through the actions of the characters trying to achieve the American Dream. Gatsby and Myrtle are both characters who are trying to achieve the American Dream; they represent the romanticists of the American Dream. Despite coming from the lower class, they try to become people of the upper class. They are both
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This demonstrates that Myrtle remained in her social class despite being Tom’s mistress. In other words, being with Tom had no effect on Myrtle’s social status. All in all, this shows that Gatsby had a better chance than Myrtle of achieving his materialistic dream of being part of the upper class because he was involved in illegal activities. This idea leads to the conclusion that one must participate in illegal activities in order to achieve the American Dream. Consequently, the idea of working hard to become successful is no longer true for the American Dream, and this statements shows the corruption of the American Dream. Additionally, Fitzgerald shows that the American Dream is not achievable. For example, Myrtle was hit by Gatsby’s car, which shows that Myrtle was not able to achieve her American Dream (Fitzgerald 143). Additionally, Gatsby gets killed by Myrtle’s husband (Fitzgerald

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