The Great Gatsby

The Corruption of the American Dream in
, by Scott Fitzgerald, embodies many themes; the most salient one relates to the corruption of the American Dream. The American Dream has always been based on the idea that each person no matter who he or she is can become successful in life by his or her own hard work. The dream also embodies the idea of a self-sufficient man, an entrepreneur making it successful for himself. is about what happens to the American dream in the 1920s, a time period when the dream has been corrupted by the avaricious pursuit of wealth. The pursuit of the American dream is the sublime motivation for accomplishing one’s goals and producing achievements, however ...

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"No wasting time at Shafters, No more smoking or chewing, Read one
improving book or magazine per week, Save $3.00 per week, Be better to parents"(Fitzgerald, 181-182). Nick says, "I became aware of the old
island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes-a fresh green breast
of the New World"(Fitzgerald, 189).
This quote shows the pristine goals of individuals whose possibilities are endless; one could accomplish anything through hard work. These are the times of the 'roaring twenties'. Cars are the things to have and a party is the place to be. Everybody wants something. Fitzgerald's book, , describes the events that happen to eight people during the summer of 1922.
In the book, people go from west to east because something they desire is in the east; unfortunately in the end these 'somethings' are unattainable. Nick is going to the east to make money. He is from the Midwest, and even though his family is doing quite well in the money department, Nick wants ...

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lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.” (Fitzgerald, 179) The green light is of great significance in the novel Great Gatsby. This symbol is depicted throughout the novel. It is first mentioned in the first chapter of the novel. At first, it was no more than a green light. When it is further examined in chapters four and five it becomes more evident that this green light is not Daisy, but a symbol representing Gatsby's dream of having Daisy. The fact that Daisy falls short of Gatsby's expectations is obvious. Knowing this, one can see that no matter how hard Gatsby tries to live his fantasy, he will never be able to achieve it. Through ...

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