F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

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Through the idea of the “American Dream” of success and wealth, F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates that wealth isn’t what brings happiness to people, and the ideal lifestyle of the time isn’t as satisfying as it seems. The idea of the “American Dream” is just a superficial notion with no real substance behind it, just like those who are ‘living the dream’. It is fueled by the conception that America is the land of opportunity, and anyone can reach the pinnacle of success if the right amount of effort is exhorted. Jay Gatsby, in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, is a prime example of someone who has dived full-heartedly into the “American Dream.” He was born as James Gatz, son of “shiftless and unsuccessful farm people” but he never really believed he was their son (Fitzgerald, The Great 98). He believed he was “a son of God”, and he was destined for greatness (Fitzgerald, The Great 98). That he was, for he escapes his life of poverty and a hopeless future on Dan Cody’s yacht when he is seventeen years old. For five years he sails with the millionaire under the new identity of ‘Jay Gatsby’ and learns everything he can, so by the time Cody dies, Jay Gatsby has “filled out to the substantiality of a man” (Fitzgerald, The Great 101). With his new identity, Gatsby pretends to be something he is not; he uses this newfound facade of being a gentleman to hide the truth about himself and his past life. He enlists in the war, but before he leaves, he falls in love with Daisy, “the…

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