Essay about Losing Illusions : The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Losing Illusions Virginia Woolf once said, “Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.” When we are young we have our own idea of what the world is like. As we start to shed certain illusions and see the world for what it is. Gaining new experiences, going through difficult challenges, and experiencing new encounters help shape the lenses through which we view the world. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s twentieth-century novel, The Great Gatsby we follow Nick Carraway through journey that changes his lenses forever. Going from the quiet and boring Midwest to the exciting, action filled East Nick experiences new encounters and experiences that will stick with him for the rest of his life. Through these encounters Nick is forced to lift up the curtain that has been protecting him from the reality of the world. He learns the bitter truth about the dangers of dreaming too hard for an unattainable dream, the superficiality of wealth, and he figures out where he truly belongs.
From Gatsby, Nick learns the dangers of reaching too far for a dream that is ultimately unattainable. Gatsby spends most of the book trying to reach for an unattainable dream, which ultimately leads to his death. When Gatsby finally has the opportunity to actually be around Daisy after five years there are times when Daisy “tumbled short of his dreams—not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitally of [Gatsby’s] illusion” (Fitzgerald 95). Over the five years he spends apart…

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