The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Allison Petronzio Smith English 1302 Paper #7 The Great Gatsby 7 May 2015 American Dream Realities In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the story of a man named Jay Gatsby is told through the perspective of Nick Carraway. Gatsby had a special plan for what he thought his life should consist of, and stopped at nothing to make sure that he rose above his poor roots into a wealthy, socially admirable status. With hopes of winning over the heart of his former lover, Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby took every measure he thought necessary in order to appeal to her liking. Though Gatsby was able to achieve a sense of upward mobility, he did so through immoral and illegal methods. Eventually, those around him began to become aware of the ingenuity and corruption masked behind the illusion of his grandeur life. It wasn’t long before Gatsby’s vision, along with his life, reached its downfall. Fitzgerald suggests that using illegal or immoral methods to attain the American Dream will ultimately result in undesired consequences. Fitzgerald develops Jay Gatsby’s character in order to make apparent his satirical attitude toward the American Dream. In “Oxymoron In The Great Gatsby,” Peter L. Hays claims, “I have difficulty crediting Gatsby as a coherent human being, but as a symbol of the elusive American dream, He consummately embodies the contradictory qualities of this country, our saying one thing while doing another, our clinging to myths that have little basis in reality”
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