The Great Gatsby and the American Dream

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The Real American Dream Since its institution, the United States has been revered as the ultimate land of ceaseless opportunity. People all around the world immigrated to America to seek quick wealth, which was predominately seen in the new Modern era. Beginning in the late 1800's to the early 1900's, the period introduced progressive ideas into society and the arts. Accompanying these ideas was a loss of faith in the American Dream and the promise America once guaranteed, especially after World War I. One of the renowned writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald, emerged during this period and put together The Great Gatsby “embodying…the fluid polarities of American experience: success and failure, illusion and disillusion, dream and nightmare”,…show more content…
However, Fitzgerald implies through his diction, that the mansion also is portrayed as an idea, which serves one purpose: to win Daisy back. By defining Gatsby's mansion as "a colossal affair by any standard…or rather…it was a mansion inhabited by a gentleman of the name", Fitzgerald suggests that Gatsby does not own the house, but rather the house or the idea owns Gatsby, and that there is no substance in his vision(Fitzgerald 9). Also, he states that "the mansion is a representation of a shortsighted American Dream: that material success…will bring one status and happiness…", and shows material gain as insignificant when compared to one’s true feelings and emotions (Morton-Mollo Online). Moreover, Fitzgerald hesitates to mentions the word "home" during his description adding to the purpose Gatsby intends for the mansion, rather than the realism of an actual home. Also, the “obscene” word left on Gatsby’s front steps , although erased, prove Fitzgerald’s condemnation of the idea, but not the individual of Gatsby, because “after Nick’s act of erasure, Gatsby’s elusiveness, corruption…are forgotten”, yet the elusiveness and corruption of the American Dream still hold valid (Will Online). Fitzgerald asserts that "Gatsby's home parallels his persona - grand, mysterious, and

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