The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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A common theme in literature is the human demand to know, explore and penetrate the unknown. Characters in stories commonly search to find truths about existence and the meanings related to life. Four stories that exemplify that theme are The Great Gatsby, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, “Desiree’s Baby” and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This group of stories all has characters that search to explore the unknown and expand their personal knowledge. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the main characters of the story do their best to accomplish the American Dream. The American Dream first came to be in the early days of American settlement. Mostly poor people were striving to find opportunities and a better life here in America. With poor immigrants coming to the country to find more comfortable and safe life they had no idea what was in store for them for the future. The search of the American dream can be compared to searching for the unknown. When trying to expand and create a better life for yourself you must make choices and decisions that could effect you for the rest of your life, however you have no idea what the outcomes will be. In The Great Gatsby the desire for a luxurious life is what lures Myrtle into having an affair with Tom. This decision disrupts her marriage with George, which later leads to her death and loss of true happiness. Myrtle has the hope and desire for a perfect, wealthy and famous type life but the search into the truths

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