Great Gatsby Essay

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The Great Gatsby Essay
On the outside, The Great Gatsby seems to be a story about a twisted love affair. Fitzgerald is showing the many changes happening during the 1920’s society, and how it affected the idea of the American dream. Fitzgerald shows the strive for the wealth, which defined the American dream in the 1920’s and which continues to defines as a desire for wealth and success today. In the book, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is showing the corruption of the American dream by throwing parties, making love and having money.

After WWII, there was an economic boom which left people suddenly rich, and they were referred to as the “new money.” There quickly became a difference between the “new money” and the people who were
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Tom ends up finding out about Daisy and Gatsby affair and Tom gets into an argument with Gatsby about Daisy. In the end Gatsby dies and never gets to make love with Daisy, so Tom and Daisy stay together.

The Great Gatsby is showing the pursuit of happiness throughout the book too. Pursuit of happiness is shown at Gatsby’s parties whenever all his guest are having one heck of a time. Nick Caraway ends up getting a letter to go to Gatsby’s party. “One day, Gatsby’s chauffeur brings Nick an invitation to one of his parties.” ( ) Nick goes to the party and tries to find Gatsby but Gatsby is nowhere to be found but, Nick had a good time and was happy he was invited. Whenever there is a party most people talk about having fun and being happy. Each person that goes to Jay Gatsby’s parties has a great time and most likely pursued happiness.

In the book, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is showing the corruption of the American dream by throwing his parties, making love, and having money. The changes of the characters throughout the book is like the change in society during the 1920’s economic boom. Money gets everybody’s attention now a days and its makes them very happy when they have it. Love is a huge part in some one’s life and can change it forever. Being happy is just an important thing in everybody’s life. These three things define the corruption of the American dream used in The Great

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