Symbolic Music In The Great Gatsby
Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald uses music and song lyrics to show that over time, the American Dream has become corrupt. This is portrayed through the song “Ain’t We Got Fun” at Gatsby and Daisy’s reunion. The lyrics state, “One thing’s sure and nothing’s surer, the rich get richer and the poor get- children.”(Fitzgerald 101) The lyrics have a mocking tone towards the American Dream and American society. They express the great disparity between the rich and the poor in America, and illustrate the unreality of the American Dream. More specifically, it infers that the careless rich continue to succeed, while the poor continue to suffer. Thus, this song symbolizes the corruption of the American Dream.
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