The American Dream in the "Great Gatsby" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

The American Dream in the "Great Gatsby"
Shows how the American Dream is actually a nightmare in this novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
# 61787 | 1,258 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on Oct 27, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (General)

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The American Dream in the 1920s was all about discovery, individualism, success and the quest for happiness. The stock market was rising, money was plentiful, and social life was buzzing. The paper shows, however, that in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", the American Dream is more of a nightmare. Fitzgerald paints a picture that is far from a dream, it is full of corruption. The paper shows that the American Dream of the 1920s, as portrayed in "The Great Gatsby", is actually corrupt through wealth, romance and morals.

From the Paper:

"Jay Gatsby is certainly the best example of moral corruption of the American Dream in the 1920s. In his West Egg home, Gatsby throws lavish parties very often. These parties are open invitation, and many people that attend do not even know Gatsby. He keeps the open invitation policy for one reason: he wants Daisy to attend a party without actually inviting her. Gatsby tries to impress Daisy with his expensive possessions, which shows a moral flaw in Gatsby's character. However, Gatsby does not feel much guilt from his bad morals."

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