Examples Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The 1920s were a time of social change and economic boosts as highlighted in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Women were liberated to vote and try out new types of provocative clothing and were encouraged to pursue their passions more than ever before. The Great Gatsby outlines what the chase of the American Dream was all about how money can corrupt a man while in search of that dream. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald exercises value placed on money and material possessions by people in 1920s and endless efforts to win over a woman’s heart. Within the novel there are evident symbols, metaphors and observant point of views that express values of economics to capture the essence of the American Dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald was …show more content…
It was there that Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby. Published in mid-1920, The Great Gatsby is narrated by Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who moves into the town of West Egg on Long Island, next door to a mansion owned by the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby. The novel follows Nick and Gatsby 's strange friendship and Gatsby 's pursuit of a married woman named Daisy, ultimately leading to his exposure as a bootlegger and his death (“F. Scott Fitzgerald” 2). Many readers appreciated his portrayal of the roaring twenties and how shown the American Dream and ideas of materialism. The novel did not get the appreciation it deserved until the late 1960’s (“F. Scott Fitzgerald” 2).
F. Scott Fitzgerald died thinking he was a failure, none of his works received anything more than commercial or critical success during his lifetime. However, after his death, Fitzgerald gained a reputation as one of the most evident authors in the history of American literature due almost entirely to the success of The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby went on to become required reading for most American high school student, and has had an impact on generation after generation of readers (“F. Scott Fitzgerald”
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No one knows the origin of his money, most only know small details of his younger years. The questions of his becoming to success and wealth make him the center of the city’s gossip. Most characters know that Gatsby went to Oxford College, worked on a farm in North Dakota, and spent some time in the military. The Gatsby at the end of the novel is a twisted man drove by obsession and wealth, not similar to the extravagant being the beginning of the novel he appears to be. He eventually turns to using organized crime as a way to get money, Wolfsheim introduces him to this idea. This type of corruption was popular in the 1920s, like many others Gatsby keep his occupation a secret. His search for money no longer about himself but winning Daisy’s love. Holding on to his obsession of Daisy eventually leads to his

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