Shortcuts In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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How long does it take for society to find shortcuts? In most cases, the human race is constantly innovating to find faster more efficient ways to do just about everything. Some things, however, are not meant to be rushed. Throughout The Great Gatsby, one of the most prominent themes is that of the American Dream- a so called sense of achievement and reward free to anyone who works for it. Though this idea is nice, the novel goes to show that this concept is very warped and often either unreachable or grabbed for sloppily by taking shortcuts to happiness. Whether this refers to Daisy and Tom, who use other methods to find entertainment as opposed to working for real relationships, Gatsby, who pines over an unachievable desire, or society in…show more content…
For Tom, this means running of to New York when it suits him and finding pleasure from his other romantic affiliations. Daisy is no more faithful. Throughout the novel, Tom expresses distaste for the very type of woman he married as well as the girls he continues to see. The “modern” woman is supposedly not at all to his taste, with all of the running around and flirtation. After his discovery of Daisy’s affair, he erupts, shaming the lifestyle he himself leads. “I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife” (Fitzgerald 139). Tom and Daisy represent the failed American Dream completely- each unhappy, corrupt, and pretending to live a lifestyle inconsistent with their actions. The hypocrisy is overwhelming. Next, Gatsby appears to be living the American Dream because he is rich and supposedly well liked. However, his American Dream is never achieved, as Gatsby is actually quite unhappy and lives without fulfillment. His expectations for his American Dream are extremely high and virtually unachievable. After all, the core of his dream rests on reliving the past, and ultimately, Daisy. Daisy is far from perfect. Therefore, “Gatsby must make her what she is not and must give her every perfection; his love for Daisy has to be lifted above time and reality”

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