Summary Of ' The Great Gatsby ' By F. Scott Fitzgerald

2755 Words Nov 16th, 2014 12 Pages
Zack Goldford
Mr. Gutfreund
21 November 2014
One Continent, Two Situations: The Evolution of Western Society When North America was first settled, the pioneers of our continent sought relief from their native lands. Where it would have been impossible for many of them to achieve prosperity and wealth, the new Western World enabled many of them to be successful on account of their dedication and work ethic alone. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” the state of this American Dream is depicted as it was in the 1920s. However, much has changed since this era, and today’s society has much evolved. In both epochs, the American Dream functions as a symbol of hope that promotes the personal advancement of many. However, in the 1920s the Dream was on the decline, whereas in the 2010s it has evolved to become an increasing reality. In both cases, the Dream plays an important role in the everyday lives of Western citizens. In the 1920s, the concept was impossible for most to attain. However, the Dream has evolved into a goal that can be achieved by an increasing number of people. In both time periods, the income gap between the wealthiest and poorest citizens is clear and convincing. However, in the 2010s, this has a mitigated impact on the average citizen due to social programming. While in both eras there is a somewhat of a distinction between sections of the continent, the divide between the East and the West is more pronounced in the 1920s. Modern…
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