How Does Fitzgerald Explore The Death Of The American Dream

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In an excerpt from his novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald intended to expose the American Dream as an illusion. He accomplished this task by emphasizing the unattainable nature of the dream held by Gatsby throughout the novel. Fitzgerald develops his purpose with the use of juxtaposition in order to contrast Gatsby’s images of life with images of death and decay expressed by the narrator, Nick Carraway, the use of imagery in order to emphasize the death of the American Dream through images of decay, varied syntax in order to emphasize the culmination of Gatsby 's dream that he will never achieve, and metaphor in order to relate Gatsby to Americans in general, all through a tone of decay. One very important aspect to note regarding the excerpt is its representation of the unreachable dream held by the novel’s eponym, Jay Gatsby. Fitzgerald intended on painting Gatsby’s dream as a metaphor for the American Dream. The premise behind this dream is that one has the ability to reinvent him or herself in order to achieve …show more content…
With the use of Gatsby’s dream as a metaphor for the American Dream, he is able to express what Americans at the time were aiming to achieve. Subsequently, he was able to juxtapose their illusions of reinvention with the reality of the matter, which is that these goals were simply unattainable. He makes use of varied syntax in order to emphasize the idea many Americans had at the time: the idea that all their dreams of reinventing themselves may simply be achieved in a single moment. He makes use of imagery as well as a tone of decay in order to deliver this fact to the reader. Fitzgerald uses language and syntax throughout the excerpt in order to make Americans at the time realize that their dreams of reinvention were simply impractical, regardless of whether or not they attempted to complete these goals in the United

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