Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1201 Words Jun 26th, 2015 5 Pages
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby showcased the ideology behind the American Dream in the 1920s and the ways in which that dream was corrupt, flawed, and would inevitably fall apart. In varied cases, that dream crumbled to ash before it was ever reached; sometimes it was snatched away in mere seconds, and sometimes that dream was a ruse behind which cowards hid. In this book Gatsby, Wilson, and Daisy are examples of people with failed or corrupt American Dreams. They all reached for the stars but, in the end, only ended up with a handful of clouds, and vapor easily slips through the fingers. From the beginning of the book, Jay Gatsby was portrayed as an extremely elusive and mysterious person; a man of great power and wealth. He had many rumours that circulated about him, concerning what he did for a living or his past, and oftentimes was never seen at his weekly parties even though he was the host. In fact, much of Gatsby’s history isn’t told until the end of the book when things start to come unraveled as readers learn about Gatsby’s connection to Daisy. Gatsby reveals his desire to get Daisy back or at the very least capture her attention once more (with his obnoxiously loud, lavish parties) and when they do come face-to-face again, and manage to get past their painfully awkward reunion, they pick up where they had left off when things were still stable between them. In Gatsby’s mind, Daisy would complete his ideal life, his “American Dream”, but when the…

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