Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Throughout the plentiful years of the Earth’s existence, very few have been glorious. Civilization has had various ups and downs like the roaring twenties and the Great Depression. The roaring twenties however has been one of the most prosperous years of America’s journey. Many people were happy both financially and emotionally. However, the novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, symbolizes many of the events during the roaring twenties that made it earn its name. Even so, the novel visualizes the diverse crimes occurring such as Gatsby’s illegal businesses. F. Scott Fitzgerald displays both characteristics of this time period. The depth of this novel will contain the similarities and differences of literary criticisms regarding theme and characterization of the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Critics of The Great Gatsby share various views pertaining to the theme of the novel. Majority of the critics believe that the theme was the pursuit of the American Dream. The critic Bern argues that the American Dream is solely about greatness instead of personal freedom or financial success (Combs 60). More so, Dickstein agrees with the theme of the American Dream. Dickstein believes that the dream stands for “material success, not emotional expansion.” The purpose of Gatsby’s money is to enable him to reel backwards, to freeze time and undo the past (DB). Another critic who believes in the theme being the American Dream is Telgen. Telgen states,…

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