F. Scott Fitzgerald's American Dream Essay

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“Riding in a taxi one afternoon between very tall buildings under a mauve and rosy sky; I began to bawl because I had everything I wanted and knew I would never be so happy again.”(Fitzgerald). F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota, into a very prestigious, catholic family. Edward, his father, was from Maryland, and had a strong allegiance to the Old South and its values. Fitzgerald’s mother, Mary, was the daughter of an Irish immigrant who became wealthy as a wholesale grocer in St. Paul. His upbringing, affected much of his writing career. Half the time F. Scott Fitzgerald thought of himself as the “heir of his father's tradition, which included the author of The Star-Spangled Banner, Francis Scott…show more content…
In “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”, F. Scott Fitzgerald mocks the American society in terms of the corruptness of the American dream, the mistreatment of individuals and the limits of the power of wealth. Primarily, F. Scott Fitzgerald mocks the American society in terms of the corruptness of the American dream. Before the Jazz Age the American Dream was a desire, a longing for a better life. It stood for hard work, integrity, and virtue. However, over time the desire for wealth and success became so overpowering that Americans began to use devious tactics to attain this utopian dream, thus corrupting it. Fitzgerald uses the American dream as an ironic term representing immorality, greed and dishonesty. For instance, one important character in the story is Braddock Tarleton Washington, the richest man on Earth. He is a representation for the boom age, following the war, as one who attains complete wealth without having to work for it. As a direct descendent of George Washington, Braddock’s biggest problem in life is protecting his most prized possession, the biggest diamond in the world; about a solid cubic mile of diamond it is equivalent to the size of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. To accomplish his tasks he simply kills or imprisons anyone and everyone who gets in his way. Like the boom age following the war, Braddock never had to work hard
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