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The different views on the american dream by nick carraway and jay gatsby

Scott Fitzgerald is a fictional novel that accurately depicts America during the roaring twenties.

After World War one the stock market suddenly increased significantly, increasing national wealth and consumerism. America was introduced to extreme economic change, which redistributed wealth unequally among certain people.

The Great Gatsby encompasses a story of love between a man and a women, however, entails a larger theme about the corruption behind the idolized American Dream. Nick moves into a small house in a town called West Egg in Long Island.

Nick Carraway relocates next to a lavish mansion owned by a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is introduced as a wealthy man that throws wild luxurious parties almost every week at his mansion.

Nick eventually learns that Gatsby rose from an impoverished family in Minnesota and reinvented himself as a wealthy bootlegger. During the novel it becomes apparent that Gatsby is motivated to become wealthy and throws parties to attract Nick Carraways cousin, Daisy Buchanan.

  1. After Cody, Gatsby's idea of success takes a more tangible shape. The desire to obtain wealth and power surpasses moral and noble values.
  2. In his eyes, Tom and Daisy and all the others are a bunch of heartless people who becomes successful at the cost of losing precious human values.
  3. Money and stagnant social values corrupt the American ways in the roaring twenties.

The two met prior to the war and fell in love as Gatsby was a commander in the army. However, after departing for war Daisy moved on and married a rich man named Tom Buchanan.

Although Daisy Buchanan is married, Jay Gatsby is determined to win her over. In an attempt to win Daisy over Gatsby reinvents himself as a wealthy socialite by illegally distributing liquor. Even though Gatsby becomes extremely wealthy and throws lavish parties every weekend he is sad and lonely without Daisy. In this novel it becomes apparent that Gatsby cannot live without Daisy. Although The Great Gatsby displays a romanticized story about a man and women it also reveals the larger picture behind the corruption of the American Dream.

The American Dream represents the freedom of bountiful opportunities to achieve economic prosperity and success.

The Corruption of the American Dream

The idea that anyone from any social background could potentially become wealthy was immensely attractive to the common man. However, in this novel the author uncovers the truth behind the unfair realities of the American Dream.

Fitzgerald portrays the roaring twenties as an era of decayed social and moral values. The desire to obtain wealth and power surpasses moral and noble values. Money and stagnant social values corrupt the American ways in the roaring twenties.

  • Yet Gatsby's corrupt dream of wealth is motivated by an incorruptible love for Daisy;
  • It's no longer a vision of building a life; it's just about getting rich;
  • Although The Great Gatsby displays a romanticized story about a man and women it also reveals the larger picture behind the corruption of the American Dream;
  • The corruption and failure of the American Dream is seen through Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel;
  • Gatsby symbolizes both the corrupted Dream and the original uncorrupted Dream;
  • For Jay Gatsby, his dream is to win back the love of Daisy, the perfect woman of his dream.

Throughout this novel Fitzgerald displays the greed and selfishness behind the ultimate goal of achieving the American Dream. Becoming rich by any means corrupted American society in the roaring twenties.

Expert Answers

This entry was posted in HST-226 by traficoj. I agree that Fitzgerald wanted to really focus on the decay of American society at the time. I would even go as far as to say as it dies in the novel along with Myrtle. They attend the parties of a man none of them know or care about as proven by them not attending his funeral in the end.

Gatsby was hinted to be more than these people, but gave up what made him unique in order to reach Daisy again, he put effort into being fake like the party goers, as evidenced by the books Owl-Eyes was obsessed with.

  • They attend the parties of a man none of them know or care about as proven by them not attending his funeral in the end;
  • Her American Dream is to enjoy a luxurious and comfortable life given to her by, hopefully a man who truly loves her, and whom she also loves;
  • Nick Carraway relocates next to a lavish mansion owned by a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby;
  • Wealth is associated with youth, mystery, love, and security;
  • They attend the parties of a man none of them know or care about as proven by them not attending his funeral in the end.

He could have avoided the entire mess especially his death if he had just reveled in his individualism rather than try to fit in with the mindless party goers.

Overall, I think Fitzgerald felt Americans were greedy and kind of brain dead, he felt gaining wealth just to obtain materials to be a pointless goal and felt that this was the society that surrounded him.