The American Dream in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Introduction
The “Great Gatsby” is a very twisted and convoluted novel which was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It has been written in late 1925, the characters in the novel focus upon a fictional town of West Egg. The plot of the story depends over the mystifying millionaire, Jay Gatsby, who has an impetuous enthusiasm for one of the most beautiful women in town, Daisy Buchanan. The theme of the novel focuses upon the American Dream that shares the experiences of the revival of the World War II. Fitzgerald revised the previous edition of this novel and adapted great experiences and a great plot of the story that it later on became one of the most popular works of the American Literature.

Discussion
Contextual Analysis
Nick Carraway
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He is a mysterious character, as we do not get much information about him until late in the story. The other characters know of him, but do not know anything about him or his background. It is revealed that Gatsby grew up in poverty, and that he always longed for wealth. He met Daisy while stationed at a military base, falling in love with her. He lied to her about his background, claiming that he was from a wealthy family (Caldicott, 2005). Gatsby believed that this was the only way to win her over. After the war he was dedicated to winning Daisy back. He engaged in organized crime, selling illegal alcohol to make millions. He also began throwing extravagant parties to capture her attention. F. Scott Fitzgerald himself identifies with Gatsby. He too idolized the lifestyle of the wealthy, and fell in love with a rich girl while stationed in the military. Unlike Gatsby, he made his fortune by writing, not engaging in illegal activities (Marchand, 1986).
Nick Carraway is another character with whom Fitzgerald identifies with. Both he and the character came from the Midwest and were educated at Ivy League schools. Nick is seen as the perfect choice for the narrator of this novel because of his relationship to the other characters and the fact that others can trust him with their secrets. He tends to hang back and play a secondary role in the actions that take place. Nick has mixed emotions about life on the East coast: he is fascinated by the fast-paced lifestyle, but at…