Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The novel The Great Gatsby is based in the “Roaring Twenties” where morals were loose and the money was plentiful. F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes symbolism to demonstrate the deterioration of the American Dream from the corruption of abundant and easy money. Many people struggled in that society to hold onto the values the American Dream originally were made with. The characters, the Valley of Ashes, the contrast of newly made and old inherited money and Gatsby’s Mansion all symbolize America on the deterioration of the American Dream and society. The American Dream is often idealized as the advancement of a person it a higher status than their parents. Which have attracted many waves of immigrants from all over the world looking for a better life than the one they left behind. Investopedia.com defines the American Dream as, “The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone.” From this definition, the American Dream is achieving a personal level of success or being able to make decisions of one’s own free will. Which we can see attempted by Nick, Gatsby, and Wilson. Gatsby represents the falsehood of the new American Dream. He spent all his life working to improve himself and his status. However, he sacrificed his life to crime and a deceitful backstory. He did all in his power to disguise his roots in order to make…

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