America and the Decay of Morality: The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises Introduction
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises are equally similar and different. The two stories are similar in their commitment …show more content…
In the past, a number of immigrants traveled from east to west in search of their land, what is called The American Dream. In The Great Gatsby, contrary to the frontier spirit, characters move from west to east leaving behind “the dull rectitude” of the west with a hope that they can enjoy eastern cosmopolitan life (Ornstein 140). In this sense, Gatsby is the best representation of how The American Dream worked not for, but against, the social and ethical stability of American society. Now The American Dream represents money in a sophisticated urban life rather than the land, or nature itself. “To Fitzgerald, however, the lure of the east represents a profound displacement of the American dream” (Ornstein 141). Gatsby, a self-made man, views his goal as an extraordinary achievement of wealth and wins Daisy’s love by means of his prosperity. Hardly had Gatsby seemed to obtain Daisy’s love, when he was put to death.
Nick’s comment also demonstrates the failure in the ideal goal: “I see now that this