The Great Gatsby And His American Dream

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Having written one of the most iconic story about romance, the contrast between social classes, and the American Dream, Francis Scott Fitzgerald was among the most important contributors to American literature during the twentieth century and was among the best American writers of that time. He died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of forty-four. Among his many brilliant masterpieces, which were fulfilled with his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, was one of the most recognizable work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby.” Inspired by his life and showing characteristics of it, In example making Jay Gatsby sharing vision of an American Dream like him. The frame story took place in New York narrated by Nick Carraway following …show more content…
Gatsby wanted to achieve status. He wanted to fit in and be accepted by the ones he envies, “Old Money.” Gatsby was so desperate to become the center of attention and have the people of East Egg accept him he eventually lost sight of himself and who he was. “Illusions of grandeur is not the same as visions of greatness” quoted by Bob Marley depicts exactly that. Gatsby became so caught up with becoming “Old Money” that he lost sight of his “Green Light,” his American Dream. Gatsby’s green light symbolized multiple things. One of which was his love for Daisy and the green light that burns at the end of her dock across the bay from Gatsby’s house. During his reunion with Daisy the green light on her dock became clouded by mist and it began to rain. Which was on Page 92 when Gatsby said to Daisy “If it wasn’t for the mist we could see your home across the bay, You always have green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.” The mist was to symbolize that Gatsby was losing sight of his “Green Light.” Eventually Gatsby became so delusional of his love that he does not realize that he is just hanging onto the past. When Nick told Gatsby on Page 110 that “You can’t repeat the past.” Gatsby responded with “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” While trying to see the past lurking in the shadow of his house, out of his reach symbolized by when Gatsby …show more content…
Jay Gatsby became so caught up with his delusions and his lies that he had more negative traits than positive. This eventually led him to a pointless and meaningless life. However, the novel does express great lessons for the readers to learn from. One of which was that lies can pile up and snowball into a hurricane of catastrophe. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth” quoted by Vladimir Lenin. What goes around comes around. Another lesson that a reader can take from the novel was to never lost sight of an individual’s “Green Light” because once an individual have lost their “Green Light” they have lost themselves because Gatsby was too caught up with Daisy and his need for attention and status that he lost sight of who he was and led straight to his ultimate

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