Essay on The Great Gatsby And Invisible Man

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The 20th century was a time when the economy began to soar and the concept of the American dream began to take effect. The American Dream is the idea that anybody can come from any background and no matter who they are, if they work hard and stay true to themselves, they can attain their dreams. In The Great Gatsby and Invisible Man, illusion and affectation are portrayed to create the image of power and wealth in a way for someone to attempt to become something they are not. This goes against the concept of the American Dream. Even when the American Dream seems achievable, it is limited by unruly variables. Therefore, the American Dream is merely, just a dream.
The Decay of the American Dream
Fitzgerald shows the 1920s as a time of decayed social and ethical values, shown in its heightened cynicism, gluttony, and empty pursuit of pleasure. The decadence symbolized in The Great Gatsby by the lavish parties that Gatsby throws every Saturday night resulted ultimately in the corruption of the American dream, as the uncontrolled crave for money and pleasure exceeded more ethical and social goals. As seen at the beginning of chapter 3, “By seven o’clock the orchestra has arrived—no thin five piece affair but a whole pitful of oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets and piccolos and low and high drums”, “The bar is in full swing and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside until the air is alive with chatter and laughter and casual innuendo and…

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