Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gives the reader a glimpse into the life of the high class during the 1920’s through the eyes of a man named Nick Carraway. Through the narrator's dealings with high society, Fitzgerald demonstrates how modern values have transformed the American dream's ideas into a scheme for materialistic power and he reveals how the world of high society lacks any sense of morals or consequence. In order to support his message, Fitzgerald presents the original aspects of the American dream along with its modern face to show that the wanted dream is now lost forever to the American people. Jay Gatsby had a dream and did everything he could to achieve it however in the end he failed to. This reveals that the American dream is not always a reality that can be obtained. Fitzgerald demonstrates how a dream can become corrupted by one’s focus on acquiring wealth and power through imagery, symbolism, and characterization.
First, Fitzgerald’s use of religious imagery shows how the American dream is corrupted. Gatsby changes his name, like creating himself a new one, this makes his life more like that of God. Daisy Buchanan is compared to the “Holy Grail” and Gatsby’s dream is like a knight’s quest, showing once again the goal of the dream of having her. After the car accident, Gatsby looks over Daisy from her yard and tries to protect her. His watch over her window is compared to a vigil and while Nick talked to Gatsby that night, he feels…