The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1087 Words Sep 8th, 2015 5 Pages
The American Nightmare In his well-renowned and criticized novel, The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald delves into a story that encaptures the diminishing of the American Dream in the 1920s. The Roaring Twenties was a time of lavish living and prosperity, a time in which people turned towards the materialistic world and the easy way to get things done quickly and effortlessly. This ideology was vastly different from the first colonists who came to the Americas with a dream, stated in the Declaration of Independence of the United States, of a land in which “...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The recovery from wartime devastation led America into an era full of dreams and delusions so that the interpretation of the American Dream was distorted to be “the unrestrained desire for money and pleasure surpassed more noble goals” (Smiljanić 3). In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald shows the American Dream through characterization, symbolism, and motifs such as dissatisfaction and dishonesty. In the first few chapters of the book, Jay Gatsby is introduced as a dashing, respectable man who climbed his way up from rags to riches; he is successful financially and creates an entirely new persona for himself from his impecunious past. To the people around him, he seems to be living up to the standards of the American dream, but as readers with an insight of…

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