Happiness In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… The novel focused on pleasure and money. Happiness was altered. Pleasure and happiness may seem the same, but they are completely different. Happiness is causing joy and good fortune. Whereas, pleasure is worldly or frivolous enjoyment. Happiness is a part of the old American Dream and pleasure is a part of the new American Dream. Gatsby's pleasure was in Daisy. Gatsby’s goals were utilized through the green light. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." (Fitzgerald, 193)" The working class was not able to reach the American Dream which was symbolized by the green light on the Buchannan's dock. The fact that the green light can be seen across the bay, “minute and far away” from Gatsby’s mansion, symbolizes that it—Daisy or wealth—is out of his reach, even though he can still see a glimpse of it.(Bloom, 75).The green light, which carries meaning at every level of the story--as Gatsby's go-ahead sign, as money, as the "green breast of the new world," as springtime--is strategically placed in chapters one, five, and …show more content…
The Great Gatsby really study wealth. It was two different depictions of wealth. The time frame really played a key in wealth. The two wealth indicated in the novel was the newfound wealth in the 1920's and the old wealth of the aristocracy. The differences between the two wealth were based on elegance, taste, and class. Fitzgerald utilizes Jay Gatsby to demonstrate the newfound wealth. This wealth was mainly flashy and was used to impress others. For example, Jay Gatsby would wear pink suits and had a Rolls Royce. He had a huge mansion. He does not appreciate the wealth he has with tasteful objects, but, indulges in flashy and vulgar objects. It is the greed in him. Whereas, old aristocracy was displayed by Tom and Daisy. Daisy's white dress emphasizes the grace and elegance of her wealth. It is well executed unlike Jay Gatsby. The Buchanan’s' home was another example of the old wealth. It was tasteful and well detailed. Gatsby cannot accomplish his dream partly because of the superior claims that old moneyed families have over newly wealthy individuals. (Bloom, 75) The only thing that Gatsby has over the old wealth is his heart and the qualities he possess. He is truly a good person, but he been loss in the greed. “The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father’s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end."(Fitzgerald,

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