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The Great Gatsby is filled with various themes such as love, order, illusion, corruption, and money.

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Introduction

The Great Gatsby is filled with various themes such as love, order, illusion, corruption, and money. The predominate theme, however, focuses on the American Dream. Jay Gatsby and his pursuit for the American Dream is the central of this novel. Like many Americans, Gatsby devoted his entire life for his dream. Yet in the end, he failed to achieve it. He failed to achieve it in the end and failed to understand the true meaning of the American Dream. Fitzgerald portrayed the withering of the American Dream in his novel, The Great Gatsby. The American Dream challenges people to have dreams and strive to make it real through good works and excellence. ...read more.

Middle

At first, Jay Gatsby was the normal person trying to achieve the American Dream through good works. For instance, "He stretched out his arms toward.... Nothing except a single green light" (pg26) This shows how Gatsby is trying to accomplish his goal and his dream and motivation were pure. When Mr. Gatz found the book with the back cover that showed the schedule, it showed that Gatsby was trying to achieve the American Dream through hard work. "Read one improving book or magazine per week, Save $3.00 per week, Be better to parents" (pg 182) Proved that Gatsby was trying until his mind later became corrupted. ...read more.

Conclusion

This green represents hope and money like Daisy's voice is "full of money." Buying emotions from people is not the true meaning of the American Dream. Bootlegging and methods to gain money through illegal materials with Meyer Wolfsheim was how the book hinted that Gatsby amassed the money that he had. During this period, there was Prohibition, and people hung out illegally in "speakeasies." People made plenty of money by providing alcohol, something Gatsby could have done during the period. Gatsby went against the law in order to achieve his American Dream to gain Daisy's love. Jay Gatsby followed the American Dream in the beginning; however, in the end, he was corrupted which led him to his destruction. The dream is polluted and destroyed by his strive for material success and to "buy" Daisy back. ...read more.

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