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The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a fictional story concerning one's commitment and determination to achieve a reckless, yet empty goal. Fitzgerald explores and reveals to his readers

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A Failed American Dream The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a fictional story concerning one's commitment and determination to achieve a reckless, yet empty goal. Fitzgerald explores and reveals to his readers the period of the 1920's in first person's point of view through the eyes of Nick Caraway, a close friend of Jay Gatsby. The author achieves this strategy with great clarity and in-depth detail, leaving only a small space for his readers to imagine. The 1920's was a period of apathy, sin, and moral despair. During that time, the American society was filled with corruption, prejudice, and selfishness. Fitzgerald manages to unfold and present the theme of the book through the usages of character and symbolism. First off, Fitzgerald utilizes the characters in the story to embody the vast thoughtlessness and apathetic hearts of the generation. ...read more.

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Furthermore, Gatsby's living lifestyle in West Egg, results in him not understanding the differences between of the location of his residence and East Egg. This is another example that portrays how na�ve and amateur he is to the world that he thinks he understands. Tom Buchanan on the other hand, trots around town finding different women to satisfy his one-dimensional, male ego. Additionally, Gatsby openly admits his infidelity without shame or remorse in front of Daisy, making him the best example of the reckless actions and attitude that characterize the 1920 era. Secondly, Fitzgerald uses symbolism throughout the story in order convey the feelings of despair. The green light on the end of Daisy's dock not only clearly represents Gatsby's dreams and hopes, but also his biggest fears. Most importantly, it symbolizes the impossible chances of winning Daisy's love back. ...read more.

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Even the admirable Jay Gatsby lost his identity in the quest for superficial and shallow wealth and power. By changing his authentic name, Gatsby has turned his back on his genuine self, and blindly walked into a world of no returns. The only exception among these characters would be Nick Caraway. Not only is he is the only one who kept his personality true to himself, but Nick also generated the realization of the emptiness within the life in the east coast, which is signified by the valley of ashes and returns to Minnesota. On the plain surface, The Great Gatsby may fool its readers and disguises as a catastrophic love story, nevertheless, the entire story portrays the fall of the American Dream during the 1920's as well. As it is depicted, dreams are frequently failed by individuals, such as Gatsby, because of the seduction of easy money and the corrupted social values people followed. ...read more.

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