The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1808 Words Mar 14th, 2016 8 Pages
The Decline of the American Dream in the 1920s James Gatz, a poor man from North Dakota, is unhappy with his poverty and social status. He decides he wants to change all of that. So, at the age of seventeen he changes his name to Jay Gatsby and begins to reinvent himself (Fitzgerald 54). In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a major theme is the decline of the American Dream in the 1920s. The original American Dream was about being loved, having wealth, and the pursuit of happiness (Flappers 3). In the novel, money that comes easy and laid back social value begin to corrupt this dream and this cause the decline of the American dream. This is portrayed by many parts of the story. Some are Jay Gatsby 's dream, the emptiness of the upper class, and the Valley of Ashes. Jay Gatsby loves Daisy and has for many years now. He wants to marry her just like she promised when he went off to fight in war. She promised she would wait, but she got tired of waiting and ended up not marrying him. They were from different social classes. Gatsby was poor and Daisy is very wealthy. It would not be acceptable for her to marry him. So, she married Tom Buchanan. Nick describes him as a "sturdy, straw haired man of thirty" (Fitzgerald 16). He symbolizes power in the novel, and mostly the abuse of it. When Jay got back from war, he still loved her and wanted to marry her. He still had this dream of his. He still thought she loved him, and once she saw him she would run off with…

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