The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1031 Words Dec 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one theme has been apparent: the decline of the American Dream. The American Dream is the idea that any person, if they want it badly enough, can achieve all of their aspirations. During the 1920s this idea that has been the hope for many struggling Americans was beginning to decline. People were starting to become skeptical of this and giving up on their dreams all together. Through its depiction of the decline of the American Dream, Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby represents this idea through the use of three symbols: the green light, the valley of ashes, and Meyer Wolfsheim.

Jay Gatsby has undying affection for his former love interest Daisy Buchanan. Daisy and Gatsby met when they were younger and fell madly in love. The two of them eventually parted ways but, Gatsby spent the next few years making a name for himself in hopes that his new found fame and fortune would someday catch the attention of Daisy. Every weekend Gatsby hosts a party at his mansion, for the sole purpose of seeing Daisy, but after countless parties, his dreams of rekindling his flame with Daisy begin to seem impossible. Across the water Gatsby sees a flashing green light perched on the Buchanan 's dock. This green light represents Gatsby 's hopes and dreams of having a future with Daisy, he thinks of it as his guiding light that will eventually lead him into the arms of Daisy. One night as he stands with his back to his mansion and…

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