F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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In Scott Fitzgerald’s the ‘Great Gatsby’ a number of issues and themes were portrayed,. However among them the central theme focused on the decline of the American dream. The American dream is the concept that, in America, any person can be successful as long he or she is prepared to work hard and use his natural gifts (Three Themes,2016). This American dream was coined in the early years of the American settlement with the mostly poor immigrants searching for opportunities (The American Dream, n.d). Since the story is set in the 1920’s, the rules to attaining the American dream has slowly faded, the values have changed and instead of individuals striving for equality, they are instead concerned with trying to get rich as soon as they can. The author uses the main character Jay Gatsby to portray the American dream. In the novel Gatsby returned as a soldier from the war, was intent on winning back the love of his life Daisy and as such made an attempt to change his life and in doing so immediately went from having nothing to being very wealthy. “Gatsby appears to have risen from being a poor farm boy with no prospects to being rich, having a big house, servants, and a large social circle attending his numerous functions. He has achieved all this in only a few short years, having returned from the war penniless,” (Three Themes, 2016). Gatsby’s rising success emanates during a corrupt time. How he derived is fortune was not clear, however what was evident was that he is or
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