The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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In every American story, there is an individual that seeks the American Dream in some sort of way. Particularly in the 1920s and 30s, there are many who made risky decisions based off of this dream. In the renowned novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays these ambitious decisions made through three different types of people. Social status, love, race, and gender play an important role and are the main decision-making factors in this novel. However,as well as there are hopes of pursuing this dream, there are threatening consequences that follow.

To begin with, social status and love play an important role in the American Dream for most of the decisions made by individuals are based off of one gaining a true love back and a higher social status . Fitzgerald perfectly illustrates that love and the idea of having a higher social status can alter one’s decision through Jay Gatsby. However, before he is known as Jay Gatsby, James Gatz grew up on a Minnesota farm as a poor, insignificant individual who yearned for his own personal American Dream which is gaining a higher status on the social ladder. For instance page 98 states, “ His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people... So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” (Fitzgerald, 98). At this point, the reader notices Gatsby’s vow to escape the harsh realities of his life. He made it a priority…

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