The Great Gatsby Essay

525 words - 3 pages

MaryAnn Patton
28 May 2013
The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby, otherwise known as James Gatz, finds himself in a struggle between a fantasy like dream and power comes to inevitably stand for America itself. Gatsby becomes a mythic figure whose career and fate stand for America, our idealism in the face of materialism has destroyed America's green freshness and left only a valley of ashes.
Gatsby personifies the “extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness” says Nick. Both of these descriptions can be transferred to characterize America. These two things are what America was built on. America is the land of the hopeful. America in the 1920s was wanting to be successful in an American city with a beautiful wife and home. ...view middle of the document...

Carraway is creating a picture of the American Dream, saying that versions of it could never be realized through America’s corrupt materialism. The “inessential houses” spoken of, are an example of the corrupt materialism on the once “fresh, green breast of the new world”. The only people who could have their dream realized were the first settlers, because those today who try to become successful end up with nothing. The creation of Gatsby started on a raft and ended on a raft.
Just like the American dream, Gatsby’s fantasy of Daisy was shattered by the reality of her selfishness. The American dream can be gasped through hard work and dedication. With those two things one can achieve anything in America. So, the poor boy from North Dakota thought could reinvent himself as a war hero, an Oxford man, and the owner of the finest bliss that money could buy. All he needed was a dream…and money. Money is what the nation thrives on, if you do not have enough money to make your dreams happen instantaneously, they do not happen. Money and passion is what drives people to achieve the American dream, however these mean nothing if they are not used wisely. Gatsby had everything, but when he tried to repeat the past by making Daisy fall in love with him again, everything fell apart. He wished that she come running back to him as if it were five years prior. That was Gatsby’s American dream, but life does not work that way. Time moves on, and so do people. So when Gatsby finally realized that Daisy also loved Tom in the apartment that afternoon, his dream began to unravel. It takes a lot more than dedication to achieve Gatsby’s American dream. He continuously tried to repeat the past, corrupting the American dream even more.

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