The American Dream in Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

The American Dream in Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"
An examination of the American Dream as seen in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby."
# 119855 | 1,383 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on May 26, 2010 in Literature (American)

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This paper examines how the characters of Gatsby and Daisy perceive reality in contrast to their dreams in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby." First, the reviewer defines the "American Dream" and shows how Gatsby tries to attain this. A character summary of Gatsby follows, which highlights Gatsby's dreams. In contrast, the following paragraphs focus on Daisy, her dreams and her true nature when she falls short of them. The paper concludes with an analysis of how Gatsby and Daisy see themselves as reflecting the "American Dream."

From the Paper:

"The Great Gatsby opens with scenes of luxury and wealth that the American upper class enjoys. The title character Jay Gatsby is introduced to the readers as a fun loving, typical WASP. However, as the story develops Gatsby is revealed to be more than he appears to be. Fitzgerald reveals Gatsby's true background as the novel progresses and thus dramatically changes the entire dynamic of the novel. It is revealed that Gatsby quit college because he could not bring himself to work as a janitor in order to pay the tuition. From this, the reader catches a glimpse of Gatsby's dedication to wealth and his disdain for poverty. Fitzgerald transformed a typical, rich character into a character that dreamed, struggled and fought for what he wanted although he may have achieved it through immoral means."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fitzgerald, F. (1999). The Great Gatsby. Simon and Schuster. The New York Times Review of Books. (2006). Fitzgerald's Radiant World. Retrieved from 6/13/2006
  • West Chester University. (2005). Literature Online. Retrieved from 9/12/2006.

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