The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1061 Words May 7th, 2015 5 Pages
The American dream is a very conflicting topic. It remains constant in that it is the embodiment of being successful in the United States through hard labor paying off. However, the definition of successful is rarely the same between any two people. For most in the 1920s, success was living a luxurious life and never having to worry about having food on your gold-tinted plate at night. For Jay Gatsby, success was reclaiming the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. That was his American Dream, not the riches that he had accumulated in his still-young life. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby contains many common symbols and archetypes that are easily identifiable. With Gatsby taking on a role as Adam, the first man, and Daisy being his Eve, this story takes on a deeper meaning toward the demise of man. Gatsby also takes on the archetype of a hero, and Tom Buchanan is the utter counterpart of the hero. The Great Gatsby contains countless symbols and archetypes that date back thousands of years. To begin, Gatsby and his love, Daisy, fit in with the roles of Adam and Eve almost perfectly. Adam and Eve had everything they could want in the world as long as they avoided temptation, the forbidden fruit. However, Eve could not resist and took the fruit, banishing the two of them from the Garden of Eden and marking all humans with Original Sin. Gatsby had everything that Daisy needed to live the most luxurious lifestyle, and yet she wanted more. She wanted Gatsby, but she also…

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