F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

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Gatsby Synthesis Essay The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, represents the theme that the American dream is no longer achievable. Happiness eludes those who only want more because as new things arise the temptation is always there, to be one step ahead of everyone else and have it all. Jay Gatsby represents the constant striving to capture something that a person believes will finally make them happy. He wants Daisy, his love from long ago that was supposed to wait for him. However, she was swept away by another man, Tom, who had money and flaunted it extravagantly. Gatsby couldn’t be with Daisy because he was a poor boy and she was a rich girl who didn’t quite show compassion to those beneath her. Therefore, Gatsby set out to become rich so he could finally wed Daisy and she would approve. Tom, however, will not let Daisy go and reprimands her for having an affair while he was having one of his own. Through their lives though, Gatsby, and Daisy, and Tom never truly achieved the happiness they desired because they always wanted something more, the fatal flaw of the American dream. Daisy and Tom both grew up very wealthy, never having to feel the effects of struggle or poverty. This caused them to lack compassion for those supposably “beneath” them and they lived in a fantasy world full of fake happiness that they created for themselves. “For Daisy was young and her artificial world was redolent of orchids and pleasant, cheerful snobbery and orchestras which set the…

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