The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1346 Words6 Pages
Quite a number of plays and novels written and ridden over the years seem to share a common theme; the search for the Omni-present, self invented standard that we have all come to know as ‘The American Dream’. The pursuit of this ever so highly held ideal not only drives many a character forward, but in some cases over the edge of sanity or even to their untimely deaths. This in a way makes ‘The Dream’ some sort of green eyed monster lurking in the darkest of corners found in the human mind. Making the pursuit of dreams almost as dangerous as say a high speed police pursuit on a crowded highway, the wrong side of a crowded even. For the very hopes and ideals that make up this most elusive of dreams seem to sow a great deal of doubt, delusions and disillusionment in whoever seeks it. The dangers of following your dreams are very real indeed; they should not however stop you.

These doubts and illusions play a rather important part in Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ and in Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’; James Gatz dedicates his entire life to the pursuit of his dreams, as a young man he invented this illusion of a man he dreamt of being one day. With a little help from Dan Cody he in fact becomes that man and is on his way to fulfill the rest of this dream; becoming Rich, Important and to some extent Famous. This dream however is entirely replaced by his dreams of Daisy. This causes his ‘first’ dream to shift; it becomes a means of reaching a specific goal instead of a goal
Get Access