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

In "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald the American Dream is shown by the downfall of those who attempt to achieve it. Through this the American Dream is exposed as being flawed and no more than an illusion produced by idealism and materialism

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald the American Dream is shown by the downfall of those who attempt to achieve it. Through this the American Dream is exposed as being flawed and no more than an illusion produced by idealism and materialism. Throughout "The Great Gatsby" the reader is made aware of the flaws of the American Dream by the different themes showing the values and attitudes of American society. The dream is shown to have failed by conflict difference and the importance of material possessions by society. The failure of the dream is continued by the realism that people have become morally corrupt and that has left us with a wrestles society who lead superficial lives. Jay Gatsby is definitely the best example of both the successes and the failures of the American Dream in "The Great Gatsby". The most obvious example is from the first references to Gatsby in the description of Gatsby's Mansion by Nick Carraway. Its elaborate design shows clearly the materialistic wealth that Gatsby possesses as a result of the dream: "It was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres ...read more.

Middle

Shown to us through the view of Nick Carraway, the parties act as a way to expose the values and attitudes of the society that the characters in the novel live in. Through the interesting variety of society that is present at the parties, a common theme becomes obvious: the artificial, insincere and hollow nature of the guests themselves. We have already touched upon the disrespect that is shown towards Gatsby as the host of the parties, only Nick shows a genuine desire to meet Gatsby out of courtesy. If other guests are asked if they knew the whereabouts of the host they "stared at him in such an amazed way". Nick himself had established when among the many people at his arrival to the party, "few of the guests had actually been invited". You might ask why Gatsby allowed this to occur; it was in the doomed hope that Daisy Buchanan would one day arrive at one of the parties. In a way, Gatsby's idealism was the cause of the parties and the parties themselves entertained the wrestles rich. Guests at the party seem determined to put Gatsby down, there were accusations of illegal activities and involvement with Germany during the war which both show how the American Dream has failed Gatsby. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although everyone had a job, everyone could have land, the American Dream didn't realise the one problem associated with this: man's greed to have more than any one else. This desire for more, what has happened as a result of the American Dream, can also be seen in the corruption of society. Jordan Baker's incident with the golf ball allegations shows how the desire for increased worth in society has driven Jordan to tarnish the honesty of society as a whole. The American Dream in "The Great Gatsby" can therefore be viewed as essentially flawed. I would say it is common sense and that if one has more, another will have less and therefore The American Dream did nothing to aid class differences. In such a light the American Dream is doomed to failure by a society torn apart by class and prejudice. The dream told through Jay Gatsby is similarly doomed to failure by society and ends tragically in Gatsby's death. Myrtle's husband's vengeful act of murder can be thought of as a representation of class and Gatsby as the American Dream left to die among the most elaborate of his material possessions, the marble pool. Idealism eventually destroyed by realism, the harsh reality of the American Dream is exposed through the fantastic way Fitzgerald portrays the theme of materialism and many others. ...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. CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF THE CONCLUSION OF THE GREAT GATSBY

    believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eludes us then, but that's no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms further... And one fine morning - So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

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

    In the 1920's the American Dream was something that everyone struggled to have. A spouse, children, money, a big house and a car meant that someone had succeeded in life. A very important aspect was money and success was determined greatly by it.

  1. The Corruption of The American Dream.

    He would do this to express his unbearable love for Daisy. His "beautiful shirts...It makes me sad because I've never seen such beautiful shirts before", said Daisy Buchanan. It sounds quite silly to cry over simple shirts, but it's not the shirts, but rather what they represent.

  2. "Gatsby is a Victim of the American Dream." Discuss Scott Fitzgerald's Portrayal of Gatsby ...

    "He stretched out his arm towards the dark water...and distinguished nothing except a single green light." Gatsby begins by striving for his goals and trying to accomplish them. Nick describes him, in the beginning, as much more innocent than we learn of him to be.

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

    James Gatz's attempts to better himself as a person fit in with this idealized version, removed from the corrupt, money-loving version we see represented by Daisy at times. Gatsby's schedule shows how he was striving to improve himself, his father told Nick, "He always had some resolves like this or something."

  2. The Great Gatsby-The American Dream

    Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last greatest of all human dreams..." (Fitzgerald, S. 171). What Fitzgerald tries to tackles concerning the "American Dream" is that it has become corrupt and Fitzgerald uses Gatsby and other characters to show this corruption.

  1. The Great Gatsby and the American Dream. Throughout the novel of The Great Gatsby, ...

    American Dream, perhaps also by hiding their facades of the working class, but will soon be "borne back ceaselessly into the past", overwhelmed by the unprecedented luxury and opulence. Fitzgerald also suggests that one's American Dream will be corrupt, after a certain period of time.

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

    In chapter 6, when Gatsby is talking to Nick, Gatsby seems convinced that he can 'fix everything just the way it was before'. He is talking about simpler times when he and Daisy were young lovers, when he was in love with the dream and when it seemed exciting.

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