The Elusive American Dream Book Review by cee-cee

The Elusive American Dream
An analysis of the belief in the American dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby".
# 110854 | 1,227 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jan 01, 2009 in Literature (American)

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The paper looks at the characteristics of America during the era of F. Scott Fizgerald's "The Great Gatsby", and relates that during this period America struggled between two polar tendencies: unalloyed idealism and absolute pragmatism. The paper analyzes how this opposition is reflected symbolically, in Fitzgerald's novel, in the contrast between the romantic Gatsby and Tom Buchanan. The paper also focuses on Daisy's role and her shift from idealism to superficiality and materialism.

Introduction - Characteristics of America in Gatsby's Times
Gatsby's World
Tom Buchanan - Gatsby's Antithetical Character

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: New Directions, 2000.

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