The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Is the American dream accessible to all? In the Jazz age/Modernist novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald suggest through Jay Gatsby, a new-money millionaire with a mysterious past, that its impossible for one to achieve his/her american dream. Fitzgerald narrates the novel through Nick Carraway, a old-money stock broker who has moved out to West Egg, “the less fashionable of the two” for the summer of 1922. The other “Egg”, named after their strange shape, East Egg, is where the old-money rich reside, and where Nick’s cousin, Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan live. Fitzgerald reveals that although there are people that live other American’s American Dream, it is impossible for one to achieve their dream if they are not born into it, by using motifs of the Social Hierarchy and using rhetorical devices such as imagery and symbolism. Throughout The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald narrates through Nick Carraway’s perspective. In the beginning of the book, Nick states that he is” Inclined to reserve all judgements”. Fitzgerald is saying that Nick is a honest and reliable narrator. Before this quote Nick reveals that his father had once told him “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone.. just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you’ve had”. This quote is ironic, because throughout the entire book, Nick only associates with the wealthy, both Old-Money and New-Money. Fitzgerald is claiming that Nick is taking in

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