The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered a great literary work depicting the Roaring Twenties and the American Dream. The American Dream was once a beautiful ideal of equality and success, and was a central quest in the Twenties. In The Great Gatsby, the protagonist, Jay Gatsby, ends up dying for an action that was not his own and the antagonists, the Buchanans, walk away free of consequences for their criminal actions. It would seem, in the Great Gatsby, that the American dream has been corrupted by carelessness, selfishness, and greed. In the Great Gatsby the American dream is empty. Where once the American dream was an opportunity for equality for all people who came to this country with hope and a desire to be successful, now it was a bankrupt, empty promise. The American dream became more about the wealthy taking from the poor simply to become wealthier. The frequent car accidents in The Great Gatsby symbolize the carelessness of the real American people. The colors of money, green and gold, throughout the book symbolize the greed of real people. Jay Gatsby represents a little part of all of us. Even though we progress and move forward in life, we will always feel the pull of the past. Jay was a decent person once, until he became wealthy. He gained the wealth and status of the American dream that he craved but at a steep price. It cost him his virtue, morality, honor, and life. Gatsby turns to organized crime to gain his fortune and is no longer the
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