The American Dream And Perception Vs. Reality

2236 Words Mar 15th, 2015 9 Pages
Rebekah Griffin
Ms. Hunt
English 3/ 5th period
5 March 2015

“That’s why it’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it” (George Carlin).
Thesis Statement:
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Jay Gatsby to exemplify the themes of the American dream and perception vs. reality.

Historical Context
Topic Sentence #1:
Fitzgerald was inspired to write The Great Gatsby by his own life and ideas.
Supporting Detail: Fitzgerald enjoyed the showiness and the glamour, but he also saw through it. He labeled it as "a heightened sensitivity to the promises of life."
Commentary: Analyze/Explain: Like Nick in The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald discovered the lifestyle of prosperity attractive and stimulating, and, like Gatsby, he had always esteemed the wealthy. He found himself in a time where unrepressed avarice set the tone of civilization, predominantly in the sizeable cities of the East. Nonetheless, like Nick, Fitzgerald saw beyond the sparkle of the Jazz Age to the ethical hollowness and insincerity beneath, and part of him yearned for this careless honest core. In numerous ways, The Great Gatsby denotes Fitzgerald’s effort to antagonize his inconsistent spirits regarding the Jazz Age.
Supporting Detail#2: Fitzgerald had a romantic imagination, he is quoted saying “I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self-respect. And it 's these things I 'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions…
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