The American Nightmare

2241 WordsJan 27, 20189 Pages
The American Nightmare “It was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again” (Fitzgerald 6). In The Great Gatsby, the narrator, Nick Carraway, was describing his neighbor’s goal of marrying a woman named Daisy. Gatsby, however, did not realize the futility of his dream which ended up costing him his life. The Great Gatsby was written by Fitzgerald in 1925 and takes place in the summer of 1922. The belief that anyone could get rich through hard work was still alive at the time and is evident in the novel as both Gatsby and Carraway are “newly rich” characters. Fitzgerald himself grew up in a well-off family, similar to Carraway. Later on, Fitzgerald joined the Army during World War I, as did Gatsby and Carraway. Gatsby was a successful officer in the Army when he met a woman named Daisy who would then be the only concern in his life. Carraway was a somewhat successful bond salesman who lived next door to Gatsby and liked to believe he was a fair and honest man. Daisy was a woman who, in simple terms, was a gold digger. Daisy’s only concern was to stay in the upper class, so she married a rich man instead of Gatsby, which crushed his dream. If The Great Gatsby centered around Gatsby’s failed dream, the quick gain of money, and selfishness, then the novel may be a criticism of the American Dream. The Great Gatsby takes place in the summer of 1922 around Long Island, New
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