The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel The Great Gatsby is a criticism of the dying American Dream in the 1920 's and how it is corrupted by greed and materialism. The American Dream used to be a quest towards success, but now it is a rat race for wealth and status. The pursuit of the American Dream gave the characters in the novel, money and prestige, but along with it came corruption, barbaric human nature, and carelessness. However, the protagonist, Jay Gatsby is one of the very few Americans left who still have an honest and pure American Dream: to win back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby fails to see that his dream is impossible because of his overwhelming love for Daisy and spending five years of his life to impress her. Gatsby is so caught up with Daisy and the past that he fails to see how she is a married woman with a child and that his dream only brings indirect suffering to Tom, Daisy, Myrtle and Nick by causing death, depression, disagreements, and desolation.

Gatsby’s dream was impossible because it was only a relic of the past. Gatsby could not see that Daisy was now married with a child and was unable to crawl out of the past into the present. Yes, his fling with Daisy was magical and tender and should have stayed as a fond memory to retrospect on, but Gatsby could not move on, and as a result he only hurt himself and others in the end. His obsession and fatal love for Daisy made him see past all her flaws and viewed her as pristine…
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