Wuthering Heights (1847) and The Great Gatsby (1925): social class

Wuthering Heights (1847) and The Great Gatsby (1925) both examine the difficulties introduced when a member of a lower social class approaches the dominant social class. Fitzgerald introduces Daisy Fay (a girl from a rich upper class family) and Jay Gatsby (an ex soldier who was raised in an impoverished neighbourhood in North Dakota), following … Read more

Narrative techniques in Pride & Prejudice/The Great Gatsby: heroism in the protagonists

Through analysing the narrative techniques used by Austen in Pride and Prejudice, and Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby we develop a true sense of heroism in the protagonists, Darcy and Gatsby. Jay Gatsby, the hero of The Great Gatsby is a mysterious representation of wealth and status living in West Egg, Long Island, in the … Read more

Religion and gender in The Great Gatsby and The Merchant of Venice

Through texts, we are enriched by a multiplicity of human experiences instigating our own consciousness, and those of others. As composers and scholars of literature, we are able to understand the way texts are created and the way in which the creation of literary worlds are able to reflect and represent our own, allowing composers … Read more

The Great Gatsby

Nick is a middle class citizen, who is the narrator of the novel. He is described as a very observant character, who hears the secrets of others. For example, at the beginning of the novel as Nick’s father talked to him, he stated “reverse all judgement”(1). Fitzgerald reveals that Nick holds back judgement and is … Read more

Great Gatsby and the American Dream

Each characters unique view on  the American dream is what makes this an intriguing topic. Even though they each had differing perspectives on the idea, their goal was simple: achieve success, prosperity, and accomplish a set goal. I definitely align with you on Gatsby’s view on the American Dream. Gatsby’s love for Daisy was always … Read more

About The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby” was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in April of 1924. The story tells the tale of Jay Gatsby in 1922. The novel is narrated from the view point of Nick Carraway, who is Jay Gatsby’s neighbor who moved to West Egg to pursue a new career and fortune as a bonds salesman. Fitzgerald was born into the Lost Generation and has a high respect for those that pursue the American Dream through hard work and grit. In this story Scott Fitzgerald says that the American Dream is elusive for those willing to chase it. However, the pursuit of the American Dream can come with consequences.

“The Great Gatsby” was based in East Egg Long Island in the summer of 1922. In America the 1920s marked a time of large social and political change. During this time the American economy was flourishing. This was a decade of tremendous prosperity. A effect of the economical is that everyone was under the impression that they could strike gold like Gatsby did. When the economy changed so did peoples interpretation of the American Dream. In “The Great Gatsby” Scott Fitzgerald constantly critiques the American Dream. Scott Fitzgerald describe the American dream as elusive and that you can never reach it. Further more he says that the American dream is a moving target in that the farther we progress so does the dream. Fitzgerald shows this throughout “The Great Gatsby”. One way he successfully demonstrates his opinion of the American Dream when Gatsby is successful in completing his mission of enticing Daisy he does not feel satisfied.

The theme of the American Dream is illustrated throughout the novel. One example of the American Dream in “The Great Gatsby” is shown through the green light at the end of daisy dock. The green light positioned at the end of Daisy look represents Gatsby’s hopes and dream for the future. Much like the elusive American Dream the green light is barely visible across the pond. However, it is just bright enough to guide Gatsby toward his goal.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a man ahead of his time. Fitzgerald was born born into “The Lost Generation”. This generation was brought up to believe in the American Dream. The people born into this generation came to see the indulgent behavior of the 1920s. They came to know the aspiration to not just be a contributing member of society, but to dominate it. “The Lost Generation” learned that the new generation would rather be revered than respected. These where previsions of the Americans values that Fitzgerald’s generation had been taught.

Fitzgerald completed “The Great Gatsby” during the roaring twenties that led to the Great Depression. During this time Fitzgerald experienced triumph and despair, both of these qualities are shown in his works. Fitzgerald had a very high respect for those willing to pursue the American Dream. This respect is shown in Fitzgeralds work. Even though Jay Gatsby received his wealthy in an unsavory way, Fitzgerald shows that those who work hard can rise to the top of society.

Kajal Thapa once said,” “The sun does not abandon the moon to darkness.” This quote by Kajal Thapa applies to the American Dream theme in the novel “The Great Gatsby” in many ways. The pursuit of the American Dream does not come with out its consequences. In the book Myrtle is so determined to have a luxurious life that she is willing to have an affair on her loyal husband George with Tom. Myrtle firmly believes that Tom is picture perfect man and represents the American Dream.

The theme of the dark side of the American Dream is further shown in “The Great Gatsby” during Gatsby’s extensive 5 year quest for Daisy’s love. This is shown in the following quote,

“There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams — not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”

This quote show’s Gatsby’s extensive love for Daisy. Gatsby’s love for daisy had taken over his life. He now feels that he has to acquire a ridiculous amount of wealth in order to get Daisy to love him. Gatsby’s fantasy of getting Daisy to love him built up so much over time that when Daisy finally fell in love with him she fell short of Gatsby’s expirations.