The Great Gatsby And The American Dream

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Vanessa Sager

Honors World Literature

Hour 7


Of Gatsby and His Unattainable Dream

The American dream is a concept that has been wielded into American literature throughout history. Projecting the contrast between the American dream and reality, F. Scott Fitzgerald incorporates his opinions, primarily based off of his experiences and tribulations in World War I, throughout his literary works.Many people believe that deplorable moral and social values have evolved from the materialistic pursuit of the American dream especially throughout the roaring twenties. His novel, The Great Gatsby, which is set in this time period, shows a castigation of love caused by these specific ideals and lack of morale. It depicts the general
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The green color of the light represents wealth and the start of a new life. Connecting his love for Daisy with the American dream and a better future, he believes Daisy is a beckon that is going to pull him out of darkness into a perfect life. In the beginning of the story, this can be seen when the narrator recounts that “he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except a single green light,” (Fitzgerald, 26). This brings forth the idea that the light or goal is minute and unattainable. Although Gatsby never approaches the light, he continues to reach for it which represents Gatsby’s unattainable dream. As background information is revealed, it becomes evident that Gatsby’s desire for Daisy is one of status. His past reveals that Daisy was desired by many men and to attain her would make one most worthy. “It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy – it increased her value in his eyes” (Fitzgerald,149). This increased value further exploits the classism of this time period through Gatsby, who takes the green light as a signal to keep going. The only judgement of character was one’s social class. However, he does not just desire Daisy but the previous month he had spent with her. This demonstrates Gatsby’s
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