The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Hypothesis: Fitzgerald, through Gatsby’s life, demonstrates an unrealistic idealism of the American Dream

In the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ F.Scott Fitzgerald forms a criticism of the illusion society has formed of the American Dream. Gatsby himself is a metaphor of this illusion, he forms deceptive lies about his life in order to create his own impression of reality. Illuded by his idea of Daisy, he builds his whole life around the idealisation he has formed of her. Gatsby’s failure to recognise the reality within his illusion was ultimately what caused his tragic death, he would have preferred to die than face the reality that all he had ever lived for was a lie. The corruptness of the characters within the novel develop the failure of the dream, the foundation upon which they have built their lives is a representation of their tainted morality.

Gatsby is a symbol of the illusion of success created within society’s idealisms, John A. Pidgeon supports this idea. He develops a criticism of the novel which highlights how Fitzgerald has created a metaphor in comparing the American idealisation of the American dream with Gatsby’s idealisation of Daisy.

Pidgeon defines the American dream as “the idea that one can, if one wishes, make a fortune, rise to great heights and achieve… However in the background is the belief that the only truly worthy achievement is that leading to material gain”. He goes on to describe the way in which Gatsby fulfills this disillusionment of the…

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