The Literary Works Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Although money provides security, social status and comfort, it does not grant happiness. There is a tendency in American culture to equate success with happiness. Success is the core of American society, as it drives innovation and motivates people to work harder in order to achieve their goals — but at what cost? When striving for success, people tend to neglect other important areas of their lives such as their health, emotional well-being and more importantly their loved ones. The literary works of The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald; the play Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller and Jon Krakauer’s novel, Into the Wild, depict the value of non-material, intangible possessions. The three pieces exhibit characters who neglect their loved ones and are quick to escape intimacy once they are able to obtain a wealth and status or other desires. Consequently, the stories show that the pressure to appear successful often times inhibits people from attaining the authentic joy of relationships.
Placing high value on social status promotes artificial happiness, which proves to be less fulfilling than pursuing genuine human connections. In The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway narrates the tragic story of Jay Gatsby, who devotes his life to his dream of reconnecting with his lost love — Daisy Buchanan. Daisy and Jay Gatsby first met five years ago in Louisville, Kentucky where Gatsby was stationed at Camp Taylor before being deported overseas. Unfortunately, their…
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