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Great Gatsby essay help? The american dream?

18 Jan 2017 21:24 | Author: redswan404 | Category: Cite database research paper

Outwardly, The Great Gatsby may appear to merely be a novel about the failed relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. However, the major theme of the novel has much less to do with love than with the culture of the 1920s as a whole. In this article, the various cultural elements reflected in The Great Gatsby which led to the downfall of the 1920s American Dream will be discussed, as well as their implications for the characters in the novel.

During the 1920s, the perception of the American Dream was that an individual can achieve success in life regardless of family history or social status if they only work hard enough. In the book titled “Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity”, the author Roland Marchand describes a figure that he feels represents the quintessential 1920s man who is living the American Dream. He writes, “Not only did he flourish in the fast-paced, modern urban milieu of skyscrapers, taxicabs, and pleasure-seeking crowds, but he proclaimed himself an expert on the latest crazes in fashion, contemporary lingo, and popular pastimes.” (Marchand) The Great Gatsby is not mentioned once in this book, however it is impossible to deny the resemblance between Marchand’s definition of a twenties man living the American Dream and Fitzgerald’s portrayal of Jay Gatsby, who has risen from a poor childhood to being a millionaire with servants, a huge house, and dozens of friends. Gatsby epitomizes the idea of self-made success; he is successful financially and socially and he essentially created an entirely new persona for himself from his underprivileged past. All of the wealth and status which Gatsby acquired, that while on the surface made his life appear to be the precise definition of the American Dream were actually elements which led to it’s demise.

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    Nayn (ねいん.ネイン) 18 Jan 2017 00:11

    I have read The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman and I really like the thesis of "The Male Expectation of the American Dream." Both these men try to as hard as they can to live a full "American Dream" but in the end, fail. I think it is important to note the social expectations of the American Male and how the main character try to adapt to the role yet end up in tragedy.

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    RIL®オフホワイト 18 Jan 2017 04:49

    Outwardly, The Great Gatsby may appear to merely be a novel about the failed relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. However, the major theme of the novel has much less to do with love than with the culture of the 1920s as a whole. In this article, the various cultural elements reflected in The Great Gatsby which led to the downfall of the 1920s American Dream will be discussed, as well as their implications for the characters in the novel.

    The novel is somewhat of a commentary on the condition of the American Dream in the 1920s. It shows how the American Dream went from an idea that anyone could achieve success in this country through hard work and perseverance, to an idea that one needs to keep accumulating material wealth in the quest for happiness and fulfillment.

    In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses a variety of literary devices to portray the American Dream. One example is the the green light that symbolizes Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for a life with Daisy. Another symbol is the Valley of the Ashes, which represents the ugly consequences of America’s obsession with wealth. Fitzgerald uses these symbols to convey the illusory nature of the American Dream.

    Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

    In her book Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of 'The Great Gatsby (2013), Sarah Churchwell speculates that parts of the ending of The Great Gatsby were based on the Hall-Mills Case. [9] Based on her forensic search for clues, she asserts that the two victims in the Hall-Mills murder case inspired the characters who were murdered in The Great Gatsby. [10]

    Fitzgerald began planning his third novel in June 1922, [5] but it was interrupted by production of his play, The Vegetable , in the summer and fall. [21] The play failed miserably, and Fitzgerald worked that winter on magazine stories struggling to pay his debt caused by the production. [22] [23] The stories were, in his words, "all trash and it nearly broke my heart," [23] although included among those stories was " Winter Dreams ", which Fitzgerald later described as "a sort of first draft of the Gatsby idea". [24]

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    б丁目のささみさん 18 Jan 2017 08:39

    Outwardly, The Great Gatsby may appear to merely be a novel about the failed relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. However, the major theme of the novel has much less to do with love than with the culture of the 1920s as a whole. In this article, the various cultural elements reflected in The Great Gatsby which led to the downfall of the 1920s American Dream will be discussed, as well as their implications for the characters in the novel.

    The novel is somewhat of a commentary on the condition of the American Dream in the 1920s. It shows how the American Dream went from an idea that anyone could achieve success in this country through hard work and perseverance, to an idea that one needs to keep accumulating material wealth in the quest for happiness and fulfillment.

    In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses a variety of literary devices to portray the American Dream. One example is the the green light that symbolizes Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for a life with Daisy. Another symbol is the Valley of the Ashes, which represents the ugly consequences of America’s obsession with wealth. Fitzgerald uses these symbols to convey the illusory nature of the American Dream.

    Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

    In her book Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of ''The Great Gatsby (2013), Sarah Churchwell speculates that parts of the ending of The Great Gatsby were based on the Hall-Mills Case. [9] Based on her forensic search for clues, she asserts that the two victims in the Hall-Mills murder case inspired the characters who were murdered in The Great Gatsby. [10]

    Fitzgerald began planning his third novel in June 1922, [5] but it was interrupted by production of his play, The Vegetable , in the summer and fall. [21] The play failed miserably, and Fitzgerald worked that winter on magazine stories struggling to pay his debt caused by the production. [22] [23] The stories were, in his words, "all trash and it nearly broke my heart," [23] although included among those stories was " Winter Dreams ", which Fitzgerald later described as "a sort of first draft of the Gatsby idea". [24]

    This classic novel, set during the "Jazz Age" (the 1920s) in a young postwar America, is the coming-of-age story of an idealistic young financier who, over the course of a memorable summer, learns uncomfortable truths about the relationships between truth and illusion, between past and present. The narrative, written during the time in which it is set by an author who was part of the high-living crowd within which the action.

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    Natasha Bukhal 18 Jan 2017 03:14

    This essay examines the fall of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the consequences of the failure of this dream The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald examines the fall of the American Dream and the consequences of the failure of this dream. Through Jay Gatsby of West Egg, the Buchanan?s of East Egg and the Wilson?s of The Valley of Ashes the full implications of the American Dream are realised. The corruption and degradation of the American Dream are the source of this ?foul dust? and any attempts to salvage this fallen dream are futile. The American Dream describes an attitude of hope and faith, which goes back to the beginning of American civilisation, back to the first pilgrims. It relates to the desire for spiritual and material improvement, but this dream became corrupted. The material aspect of the dream was quickly and easily realised and wiped out these spiritual ideals. So there emerged a state of material comfort but lacking in spiritual life and purpose. The Great Gatsby is not a text that criticises the American Dream, but is a text critical of the corruption of the American dream. This aspect of the corruption of the American Dream is embodied by the Buchanan?s, while the spiritual ideals and purpose in life is by Jay Gatsby, where the ideals of the American Dream are still very much alive. Gatsby is juxtaposed against Tom and Daisy Buchanan; they both represent extremes of the American Dream, each as destructive as the other. Gatsby?s dream is self destructive, whereas the Buchanan lifestyle destroys others. Also, Gatsby centers on the dream, and has a purpose in life. He represents the idealism of the American Dream. The Buchanan?s symbolise the destruction of the American Dream, the corruption of values and the vulgar pursuit of wealth so evident in 1920?s American society. People like Tom and Daisy cannot see beyond the material values, but Gatsby cannot see beyond the dream and is cut off totally from the rational and practical by this. This explains why Gatsby is vulnerable and dies in the pursuit of his dream whereas the Buchanans and the corruption of the American dream escape unscathed. READ MORE http://classicsnetwork.com/essays/the-great-gatsby-is-a-devastating/524 AAA