The Great Gatsby And The American Dream Essay

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The Great Gatsby and The American Dream
The 1920s, sometimes referred to as the "Jazz Age" or the "Roaring Twenties," was known as a time of social change in rural America. In many aspects of life, women and men were changing their past accepted lifestyles and quickly adopting lavish lifestyles. Emerged during the twentieth century, one of the most notable writers of his time, F. Scott Fitzgerald, developed one of the greatest novels written, The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald used his novels to reveal his feelings and opinions on times in the US. He was known as a writer from the "Lost Generation" because his negative beliefs were known to be different from the rest of Americans beliefs. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald offers a critical idolization of wealthy Americans but shows the portrayal of these Americans unrestrained materialism and lack of morality. The American Dream is originally about the discovery of happiness, however, by the 1920s, this dream has become perverted into this desire for wealth by whatever means. Fitzgerald portrays the 1920s as an era of lacked social and moral values and makes the American Dream seem unattainable and materialistic in his book, The Great Gatsby.
The theme of the American Dream is brought to the reader’s attention through multiple other themes and microcosms. It is often easy for a reader to just read the text and not think much about it. However, The Great Gatsby has so much more in depth meaning behind it if you read between the…

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