The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Cultural Obstacles to Aspirations in, ‘The Great Gatsby’:

3. What determines whether the hopes a character has about changing location match up with reality?

In F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, ‘The Great Gatsby’, numerous characters spend their lives pursuing dreams on a large and small scale. The quests for love, success and an idealized world cannot be met by the changing, yet unchangeable time they live in. This class divide acts to prevent entrance into the elites, and bars any form of integration, whether on the back of success or even love. These dreams are almost universally unattainable due to the many unnoticed social barriers at the time. Such rigid social constructs lead to resistance and mistrust: common amongst the different classes in the Great Gatsby.

The primary source during F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, ‘The Great Gatsby’ for the characters’ many attempts to change their world through travelling is their wistfulness of a past that they have lost, due to an inherent need to rise above the mundane life of the elite. In fact, a great many of the characters have come to Long Island for just this purpose, and their quest for this unattainable goal consumes the story, though it cannot be reached. Such a mentality leads to a desire for escapism amongst the characters. One of the primary people who experience this hopeless dream is Tom Buchannan, who Nick observes, ‘would drift on forever searching a little wistfully for the dramatic turbulence of some
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