F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

1011 Words Mar 17th, 2016 5 Pages
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby,” is undoubtedly one of the most highly-acclaimed novels to be written in the 20th century, let alone- (arguably) one of the best novels of all time. It gains this acclaim not only for it’s story but for author, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, underlying themes and commentaries on deeper ideas about society. Fitzgerald namely tackles the concept commonly known as “The American Dream” and how it was perceived and portrayed in 1920’s America, as well as gives his input subtly on if this is truly what the American Dream entails . In his novel, “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald implies his belief that the American Dream is dead, or at least unattainable, through his portrayal of a blind and falsely hopeful generation in 1920’s America. Fitzgerald uses the title character, Gatsby, as the poster boy for those who chase and can never fully achieve the happiness that the American dream can give one. This is evident even in the audience’s first encounter with Gatsby as he is seen staring and even “stretching his arms out towards” (Fitzgerald 24) a green light. Gatsby does not just like the light and the dock that it is on because he thinks it is a pretty sight. This light is actually representative of a woman whom he believes would give him a sense of achieving his American dream. Gatsby knows how popular this woman is with other guys and he believes that having her will be yet another addition to his already prestigious and exclusive…

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