The Consequences Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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The American Dream is derived from the ethics of opportunity and to achieve prosperity and success. This concept took its place within society during the 1920’s, sooner than later, it developed as a lucid goal which led to immorality, corruption, and the destruction of realism. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the immoral intakes of the American Dream through his novel, The Great Gatsby. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, depicts a world where society develops immoral values in order to achieve their prolonged American Dream; eventually it turns into one big lie Scott Fitzgerald never believed that the American Dream blended into society rightly. “This is a valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and …show more content…
Color schemes are used within The Great Gatsby to infiltrate the rejection of the American Dream. “But above the gra land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it…dumping ground” (Elmore 432), the use of the gray color scheme to shade in the objects and inhabitants of the Valley of Ashes show dimness and fatigue. The working class worked hard to capture their American Dream, but for all the inhabitants in the Valley of Ashes, it was all a failed dream. Gray is not a primary color, and this explains why East and West Egg were characterized by primary colors such as yellow, hence why they are enough to make Gatsby’s Christmas tree (Elmore 434). The use of many colors to depict East and West Egg show more variety, or more wealth within the society over there. Jordan Baker, who cheated to win a gold tournament, is described to have a “golden arm”, and the young girls of West Egg wore twinning yellow dresses to Gatsby’s party, hence showing more light and more opportunities/availability to the wealthy, unlike the schmucks over at the Valley of Ashes. Furthermore, the concept of yellow reappears through Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. But yellow is unique. The color of yellow morally stands to paint itself as fake gold. Gatsby’s car is also yellow which is the symbol of his desire and failure to capture his American Dream, Daisy Buchanan. Yellow represents what is earned as

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