The American Dream Through the Characterization of Gatsby in The Great Gatsby Novel

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The American dream is tenuous because today’s society demonstrates how no one is ever satisfied whether it be fame, fortune, achievements, therefore, society is always onto the next “big thing”. Gatsby’s American dream is corrupted and he sees wealth as a solution to his problems, as a way to try to disconnect him from his past. Gatsby’s shattered dream is motivated by an irresistible love for Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby has tried to win Daisy over by overshadowing his life with material objects to Satisfying Daisy’s way of living. The dream of a love that remains between them is broken beyond the thought of the American dream. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald argues the abject failure of the American dream through the characterization of Gatsby.

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Gatsby’s immense effort put into making these lavish, bigger than life parties to try to attract Daisy’s new money lifestyle. Gatsby becomes one of the most famous and well known in New York because of the elaborate, crazy parties that he throws. Gatsby sent an invitation to Nick to one of his parties, that’s rare because no one ever gets an invitation usually people just show up randomly. Nick feels a little out of place because this is all new to him, he has never been in a situation where he has been surrounded by so many new faces. No one seems to know the truth about Gatsby and where he comes from, everyone is making rumors and spectators about who he is and where his money might come from. In the novel The Great Gatsby, it said “At least once a fortnight a corps of caterers came down with several hundred feet of canvas and enough colored lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby's enormous garden. On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors d'oeuvres, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and paste pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold. In the main hall, a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another.” This is showing and extremely exaggerating Gatsby’s house and his parties. There is a strong pattern of over the top details that help visualize how fancy the party is. The repetition of strong vibrant colors help show the gorgeous rich environment, the food and his over the top house. The ongoing symbolism of the new money lifestyle and how tacky and extreme it is compared to the old money way of living shows the class difference between them. There is a strong boujee connotation because this is showing how over the top, lavish, his party is at the extreme level Gatsby goes to make them this way. The connection this quote has to Gatsby is it shows the extreme new money wealth and how extraordinary his parties and his house are. These key forms represent Gatsby's lifestyle and how lavash and above the normal it is, but deep down Gatsby is not satisfied with the way he is living because he doesn't have Daisy by his side. F. Scott Fitzgerald is arguing that the American dream is unreachable because no matter how far a person comes in life, or now successful, rich, powerful a person gets it's never enough. There will always be something that is not capable or unreachable. For Gatsby that's love because Gatsby had everything, he has fame, money, success but not love.

The green light at the end of Daisy's dock is the symbol of Gatsby's hopes and dreams and how unreachable they are. In this part of the book, Gatsby has gotten murdered by Wilson. Nick notices how nobody cared for Gatsby other than himself. The characters show their true colors because in the end nobody truly cared for Gatsby they only cared about his parties and his money. Nick is the only one who cared for Gatsby for who he is. Gatsby‘s death is extremely unfortunate because Nick idolized and looked up to Gatsby as a hero, and unfortunately, he has no one to talk with about Gatsby's amazing life because nobody cared enough. In the novel The Great Gatsby, it said “Gatsby beloved one the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...And one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” This is showing the theme of the significance to the past and the dream of the future and what the future might obtain. The green light represents the reminder of the love that Gatsby has for Daisy and how unreachable that dream is. The characters prove that they are unable to move beyond the past because they cannot escape and live on, as they try to continue life they just constantly struggle to try to retransform their dreams. Gatsby puts forth all of his time, energy, and effort to try to pursue a never reachable goal that constantly moves farther away from his grasp. There is a strong pattern of Unfulfilled dreams because unfortunately Gadsby died without the fulfillment of obtaining his dream of love. Every story has an end but in life, every ending is just a new beginning and Gatsby's life will not be overlooked by Nick because Nick will push even harder to make his dream come true that never came true for Gatsby.

The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg is a huge symbol of God, and how Gob is staring down and judging upon the hopeless, reluctant American society as an unimportant wasteland. Wilson was so enraged and was not himself, he was so numb to the pain that he needed to kill the man who he thought killed Myrtle. The clock of time was racing because Gatsby was getting ready to go swimming but Wilson was spiraling out of control and was getting ready to kill him. Wilson’s lack of knowledge about who killed Myrtle caused him to kill Gatsby and himself. Gatsby’s death only made matters worse because he was innocent and had nothing to do with the killing of Myrtle. In the novel The Great Gatsby, it said “ I said ‘God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!” Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, which had just emerged, pale and enormous, from the dissolving night.” This is showing how the society is slowly falling apart because the rich continue the way of living by shutting out, and regarding everything that is not of importance to them. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg is a heavily faded big advertising billboard that is shown over the Valley of Ashes. The Valley of Ashes symbolizes the mortal wasteland that is America and how hopeless it is. F. Scott Fitzgeraldstrongly suggests that the American Dream is simply just a thought of imagination because no matter how far a person comes it’s never enough. There will always be something that is unreachable. The meaningless wasteland of a word on West Egg and East Egg only is a symbol of how distorted, destroyed, and shattered the American Dream is. The people that live in that Society are so caught up with themselves and their money that they don’t even bother to look around and see the damage they are doing not only to themselves but to others. Gatsby’s final days are so depressing and emotional because Gatsby will forever be viewed and remembered as the symbol of his empty unfulfilled dreams.

The three quotes all relate to each other because they show the immense struggle that Gatsby went through to try and obtain his American dream. Unfortunately, Gatsby‘s dream did not come true because of the forever changing and evolving society, and the lack of care that they had for the society and for Gatsby. The American dream and Gatsby is a juxtaposition because they demonstrate how no matter or much a person has in the end it’s all not enough, there will always be something that a person wishes they had. All Gatsby wanted was to live life with his true love Daisy Buchanan. The progression of the quotes only demonstrates Gatsby‘s dream pushing further and further away from him because the more the story progressed the more true colors bled through. They connect because throughout the story Gatsby has had multiple attempts to try to win Daisy over but constantly failed, but his Constant effort and a constant reminder of Daisy Buchanan helped him not give up. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald strongly argues the never obtainable destruction of the American dream through the unfortunate characterization of Gatsby. The American dream is tenuous because society today strongly demonstrates how no one is ever satisfied whether it be fame, fortune, achievements, therefore, society is always onto the next “big thing.    

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