The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In the story The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates what exactly the American dream meant in the 1920s. Luxury, money, cars and parties symbolize the “American Dream” at this time period. Everyone’s ambition was to accumulate enough wealth to afford themselves comfortable lifestyles. As a matter of fact, these variables were all achieved by Jay Gatsby, a poor boy full of hopes and dreams. However, this novel shows how reality will always end up shattering any expectancy, including the American dream. All in all, Gatsby represents the reason people move to America, to aspire either for wealth, education, or any other goals.
First of all, Jay Gatsby has accomplished what he wanted: he has built its’ prosperity and is surrounded
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All this in a context in which the American dream of the 1920s decays along with the superficiality of the upper class. For instance, when Gatsby died all the people who were uninvited to his parties went, but they did not bother to go to his funeral. The falseness and emptiness of the upper class: the novel explores the differences and similarities between the new rich and the old money. According to the LitCharts website, it states, “Old money families have fortunes dating from the 19th century or before, have built up powerful and influential social connections... The "new money" class made their fortunes in the 1920s boom and therefore have no social connections and tend to overcompensate for this lack with lavish displays of wealth” (The Theme of Class). This demonstrates the two different classes in America not to mention the Valley of Ashes where the lost dreams and hopes remain. The condition of the American dream in the 1920s were “ashes” in this place and people like George and Myrtle tries to escape but failed.
Additionally, in the last words of the novel, Nick reflects on the past and dreams of the future, referring to the green light that was in front of the house of the Buchanan, that light that Gatsby watched every night. The green light has played an important role because it represents the dreams and hopes of Gatsby just like the American dream for people. The book, states,
“his dream must have seemed so close that he
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