The Great Essay

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The Great The Corruptness of the American Dream The nineteen twenties was a decade of renaissance characterized by the American Dream- the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, contains themes that continue to be relevant today. In his novel, Fitzgerald reprehends the American dream by describing its characteristics: the pseudo-relationship between money and happiness, the superficiality of the rich, and the class strife between the rich and the poor. “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” (Mailer 97). This…show more content…
Perhaps the real problem; however, is that he felt powerless in his life. Although he was wealthy, there was one thing he did not have-Daisy Buchanan. For many years, Gatsby idolized Buchanan and found her to be completely desirable and without flaws. Buchanan was wealthy and had a lot of social power. In addition, she was very attractive. The only flaw most people would see in Daisy is that she is married. Gatsby, because of his arrogant nature, did not care that she was married. Since he believed that only his feelings were important, he decided that he would try to take Daisy away from her husband. Gatsby stated, “I don’t think she ever loved him [her husband] (Fitzgerald 159). Gatsby’s imagination and arrogance led to his decline. Gatsby’s dream was not successful. Since he did not “have” Daisy, his life was purposeless and empty. In fact, he had nothing to live for. His wealth had not brought him happiness. Instead, however, it brought him great displeasure: he had no friends and no family members to talk to. Fitzgerald used Gatsby to illustrate that wealth cannot make one happy. In fact, being excessively wealthy can actually make people miserable. Gatsby did not know what to do with his life. He decided to lie about his life to make him seem more successful and go after a girl who was married. Moreover, the superficiality of the rich is very apparent in the idea of the American Dream. Daisy and
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