The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Great Gatsby
Greatness is defined as the quality of being considerably above the normal or average. The novel, The Great Gatsby, by F.Scott Fitzgerald is set in the 1920s. During the 1920s, the American Dream was largely valued. The American Dream is the ideal that anyone can become prosperous through determination and hard work. During this era of the 1920s, people began to strive for materialistic goals. These goals gave people reasons to become corrupt. In this novel, Gatsby is great because of his characteristics other people in this specific era (the era of the American Dream) did not possess. However, some of his characteristics limit his greatness.
Society during the era of the American Dream was shallow, especially in its ideals. Characters in the Great Gatsby illustrate this. For example, Daisy’s American Dream consists of having money. She fulfills this by marrying Tom. Though she knows that Tom is having an affair with someone else, she stays with him. She only stays with him because he is rich. On the other side of the relationship is Tom. When Gatsby and Tom have an argument about who Daisy loves, he proclaims that she would never leave Tom for “...a common swindler who’d have to steal the ring he put on her finger” (134). Tom sees Daisy’s love as a possession, something that can be bought. He is saying that Gatsby could never have Daisy’s love because Tom thinks that Gatsby is a scammer who would have to con someone to get the money to buy the ring. Also…

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