• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How far do you consider Gatsby to be the epitome of the American dream and its failure?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

UNIT THREE "Contemporary Study" Item 1. How far do you consider Gatsby to be the epitome of the American dream and its failure? Gatsby is shown in 'The Great Gatsby' to be the personification of the American dream because he is the typical self made man, he had come from being a nobody into being the most wealthy man on the neighbourhood and able to buy what he wanted "champagne...Rolls-Royce" which was in a way the aim of all American's and had been achieved by Gatsby. But the real aim of Gatsby was never achieved and that was to be with Daisy. So the failure of his dream was not in the materialistic side of it but in the spiritual side of it. This is also the case of the American dream which wasn't, in the 1920s, spiritually reached in terms of the "pursuit for happiness" (Thomas Jefferson: declaration of independence). Gatsby showed in his character an unrelenting aim for the satisfaction of his love for Daisy, which makes us feel sympathy for him and by him thinking he will achieve his goal makes him heroic. ...read more.

Middle

shown here to turn a blind eye to the obvious criminal activities that where hiding under the guise of the American dream. This is showing the obvious downfall in moral decadence of that time. This book would of been received perhaps with a good reception because at the time Al Capone was doing the same thing as Gatsby (bootlegging) and was a national hero (during prohibition). Gatsby believed because of the American dream that he could buy his love. This was really an unconscious response to Daisys materialistic values. This is shown by Daisys materialistic lifestyle and persona, her voice was "full of money". The failure of the dream was due to Gatsby's unpregnable belief that he can turn back the clock and "...repeat the past...". He thought he could just make the past happen again, which was an ignorant view to have. This view would have taken a blow when Gatsby found out that Daisy had a daughter with Tom. This would have shown that the relationship of Tom and Daisy was real not superficial which is what Gatsby had believed. ...read more.

Conclusion

The dream represented to Americans a new life of freedom, but in the twenties this was abused and the material side was also over emphasised in real life and in this book. The spiritual side was totally ignored by most and Daisy and Tom who's life's were "filled with material comforts and luxuries,"(commentary sheet) also lost the spiritual side and this is shown to be a bad thing because it had led them into both committing adultery so they were not really in a good relationship if it is based on money. Gatsby is in terms of hope and than failure the total epitome of the American dream and this is conveyed in the last chapter where Fitzgerald writes about Gatsby's dream coming to an end and reflects on all the hope there was from Gatsby for the dream to succeed and then in the same paragraph talks of the hope of the new world that would of befallen the Dutch sailors. The American dream is meant to be the pursuit of happiness and the receiving of it, which wasn't evident with Gatsby in the end. ?? ?? ?? ?? Barrie Panayi ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE F. Scott Fitzgerald section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE F. Scott Fitzgerald essays

  1. "How do the values and attitudes of the Great Gatsby reflect the American Dream".

    goal, in that Gatsby's wealth has not been able to buy back Daisy. The pursuit of wealth, we discover has been fired by Gatsby's idealism and unquenchable hope that Daisy would return to him if he were to match the wealth of the man she married, irrespective of the fact that she is married.

  2. Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby.

    He then goes to the East Coast to pursue his dream. Through his struggle for his dream, however, he has been able to amass a fortune and climb up the social ladder. He owes his success mostly to his own faith in life and his optimistic confidence in himself,

  1. "The Great Gatsby" and the American Dream.

    lies in an ideal realm, beyond the material world that we encounter daily through our senses."2 This link with Plato is born from Nick's comment on Jay's "platonic conception of himself". As well as Gatsby, we see a number of characters in the novel that are following a dream.

  2. ‘He paid a high price for living too long with a single dream’ with ...

    The disparity in social status between that of Gatsby and that of Daisy will always keep them apart. The mist that stands between their homes on opposite sides of the dock symbolizes this. Additionally as Nick comments on their meeting the distance between them "had seemed as close as a

  1. How far do you consider Gatsby to be the epitome of the American Dream ...

    My personal view of Gatsby is that he is "the epitome" of the American dream, he is very noble, courageous and a "self made man" but he is na�ve in believing that hard work and perseverance is all you need to achieve everything you want.

  2. How do Thomas Hardy and F.Scott Fitzgerald present the issue of women's choices in ...

    Phyllis watches their killing for desertion and sinks down into her garden. Phyllis does not have a happy life, and although Humphrey has bought her a present he asks her to break off their engagement as he has already met somebody else.

  1. From Rags to Riches to Rags...

    Occassionally, things would begin to look up for the girls and Daisy would apply for jobs or she would take home a boyfrined who Marigold always hoped her Mother would marry and they could finally lead a normal life, but ofcourse, things never worked out and life continued as normal until one day a miracle happened.

  2. Ultimately, Gatsbys dream is defeated by nothing more nor less than Time itself. How ...

    By doing this, I think that Fiztgerald intends to critisize how people in the 1920s blindly giving meaning to the idealism of the American Dream, as much as Gatsby is trying to give as much perfection to his own love, Daisy.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work