The Great Gatsby Literary Essay

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Student’s name: Professor’s name: Course: Date: The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is set in 1925, and it revolves around a mysterious young millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and his obsession to pursue his former debutante Daisy Buchanan. It is widely considered to be a literary classic and explores themes of decadence, social turmoil and how the American Dream has faded. This paper analyses the themes, characters, and literary devices used to show Fitzgerald’s opinion on the state of the American Dream and how it has affected those who pursue it. Fitzgerald suggests that the American Dream and the people seeking it rest in hollowness when such ideas focus on material acquisition as opposed to something more real and noble. One can see this in the characters who search for it. Gatsby’s ability to obtain his wealth makes him an embodiment of the American Dream. He struggles to create his wealth so that he may become the perfect man for his former debutante, Daisy. He obtains his wealth in illegal ways and does not consider the moral consequences of his actions. His reinvention from Jimmy Gatz to Jay Gatsby is symbolic of his pursuit of the American Dream, which corrupts him and eventually leads to his death. In his quest, he is constantly thinking of what next instead of enjoying what he already has. For example, he plans to get the members of the New York elite club (the East egg residents) to accept and respect him. Gatsby is a personification of the so-called American dream showing how although he was able to accomplish his goal of getting Daisy back he is still unsatisfied and continues to seek for something to make him happy. The

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