The Symbolism Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

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trust Daisy too excessively, the slapdash rich driver, to the operate his luxurious car, which indicates parts of his America dream as I previously mentioned. Gatsby’s death satirizes that he gave undue trust to Daisy, who regarded her sexual relation to Gatsby as mere pleasure.
By and large, both the green lantern and car have their own significant imagery to characters. Nevertheless, they are all related to American Dream. The green lantern refers people’s passion and aspiration for it, while the car implies and criticizes their blindness and decadence to seek their wishes. They respectively symbolize the enticement and evanescence of American Dream.
Last but not the least, symbolism plays an essential role in the portray of characters.
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After returning back from war, he went to America and held the idea that money could buy everything he desired for, constantly pursuing his American Dream. Driven by his goal, he even earned lots of money through illegal ways and used materials to enrich his life. He devoted his whole life on Daisy, his lover, but eventually found that Daisy was a externally beautiful but internally superficial woman. The cruel reality entirely broke his dream mercilessly. The experience of Gatsby symbolizes the young American who had physically and mentally injured by wars. They abandoned their original political ambition and aspiration for spiritual treasure, instead, they chose to dodge and pursued for materialism. They looked forward to their American dream, but always seemed to be rejected by cruel society. Like what Nick recalled about Gatsby in the end of story: “He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.” (P163) Thus, after those people realized their dreams were totally different from reality, they have already become disorientated in …show more content…
After he retired, he chose to go to the east New York and started his own business with full ambition. Like the sentence which uses environmental description to foil his positive emotion : “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees just as things grow in fast movies. I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” (P7) He soon made a friend with Gatsby and observed his life. Nevertheless, after he detected the monotony of life in east egg, where the only standard to judge people is their wealth, he was totally disappointed, decided to leave and went back to his homeland, where traditional ethics still exists. He realized that his original ambition when he first came to the city was useless; the reality made his goal unreachable. Even in the end of story, he signed that “And as I sat there brooding on the old unknown world, so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly to the past.” (P169) Therefore, Nick represents those who were ambitious when they first arrived in New York. Although they were unwilling to betray their moral standard, they found it difficult adapting the society where people were mainly indifferent, hypocritical money-grubbers. They felt empty to the life that filled with materialism, so they finally returned to original state like Nick

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