Literary Criticism : The Great Gatsby Essay

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Literary Criticism: The Great Gatsby
Money is an iconic symbol in The Great Gatsby. It is often regarded in the 1920’s, when the book was written, as the American Dream. This recurrent dream is that in which the ultimate triumph is to make enough money to never have to worry. This dream is still shared by many people today, and differs slightly perhaps to a foreign immigrants dream, which might be freedom for their family or even simply a stable job to provide for one 's family. The Great Gatsby demonstrates power and corruption, but also a great loneliness that money has the ability to inflict upon people. The main focus of the symbolism in Great Gatsby is the money that he and Tom Buchanan share throughout the book, which critics write about being the object that corrupts both Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. Tom and Gatsby have one thing in common in this story, money. Money was an immense part of the American dream for most Americans in the 1920s. Many people believe money was they key to the freedom which allowed oneself to make a person 's dream a reality. For example, Tom Buchanan was described as “A rugby player at the university and now a polo player, Buchanan’s wealth allows him to play sports everywhere”(Alberto. 1998). Alberto’s opinion on Tom Buchanan is that money has corrupted this man the most out of anything, not Daisy. Another example that Tom viewed himself above many people is that “Later in the novel, during his argument with Gatsby, Buchanan used the…

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