Literary Analysis : F. Scott Fitzgerald 's ' The Great Gatsby '

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Literary Analysis Option 4 F. Scott Fitzgerald presents the idea of the American Dream through the setting and characters of his novel, The Great Gatsby. He implements this especially through the development of one character in particular, Jay Gatsby, a self-made billionaire inhabiting in West Egg, New York. Though “Jay Gatsby” and “James Gatz” might be the same individual, the two are entirely different concepts. Gatsby has recreated himself into “Jay Gatsby”– a portrayal of riches and success accumulated in a rather short period of time. While on the other hand, “James Gatz” is a name he puts behind him because of the background of poverty he grew up in. In short, Jay Gatsby is a manifestation of an American Dream come true— a man who represents an extreme case of new-money individuals who earned their way to the top of the ladder from humble beginnings. Fitzgerald does a great job showing what living the American Dream is like while highlighting the contrast between the concept of “new money” and “old money”. Having said this, despite the fact that Jay Gatsby could be considered one of the richest people in the state, his social status is never going to be on par with the old-money East Eggers because of his origins. Classic examples of these elites include Daisy and Tom Buchanan as well as Jordan, who all consider themselves strikingly different from Gatsby in how they present themselves and well as their social queues and etiquettes. Even in the beginning…

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