The Great Gatsby

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"They were careless people...they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money...and let other people clean up the mess they had made..." (P. 179). During the 20s, many people's American dream was to go out, party and be free, the roaring 20s. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an explanation of how people acted. People went to parties, lived in luxurious homes, criticized each other, and wanted to achieve their dream by trying to live it. The Wilson marriage is a failure because it's one-sided. Myrtle is always wanting the best, Wilson really loves Myrtle but it isn't reciprocated and the valley of ashes is symbolic of their relationship. The Valley of Ashes is their relationship because their marriage is crap and rundown just like where they live. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleberg is always judging their marriage. For example, after Myrtle got killed, Wilson talks about how god sees everything. Wilson says " 'God knows what you've been doing, everything you've been doing. You may fool me, but you can't fool God'...he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleberg..." (P. 159). This shows that their relationship is so sinful and rotten, that god's eyes are looking down on their home, god's eyes "live" there. Myrtle isn't happy at all living there and much rather be living the exciting life. For example, when Myrtle goes to the apartment party, she changes. The narrator states, "Mrs. Wilson had changed her costume some time
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