Great Gasby: Dust Essay

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The elusive Dreams of men A great dream can permeate one’s ever thought; it can latch on like a parasite never letting go. If left unanswered, the dreamer shall soon become an empty shell, void of emotion. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, we see three types of people. People who have achieved their dreams, people who have yet to reach their dreams, and people who are crushed under the weight of their dreams, becoming a casket full of despair. Tom and Daisy Buchanan are two characters who have reached their dreams; a great house, a beautiful child, and plenty of money. However, they are both unhappy and they both end up having affairs. Their lovers, Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby, are still trying to reach their dreams. By the end of the novel, both of them are reduced to dust, destroying them in the process. Throughout the novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses dust to symbolize the destruction of dreams in a person. Fitzgerald uses dust to show the destroyed dreams of many characters in the novel. For example, Myrtle Wilson was an ordinary woman looking for a new and exciting life. Myrtle could not wait to leave her poverty stricken life with her poor mechanic husband, George Wilson. George has settled with his less than mediocre life with Myrtle. He is portrayed as a man without dreams or aspirations. Fitzgerald uses very specific words when introducing George Wilson, “A white ashen dust veiled his dark suit and his pale hair as it veiled everything - except his wife” (Fitzgerald, p15). When Fitzgerald writes “White ashen dust veiled his dark suit” to exaggerate the dreamless state that George is in. Furthermore, Fitzgerald explains “it veiled everything in the vicinity - except his wife.” Fitzgerald states these words to explain Mrs. Wilson had dreams, something she reached for, and this is why the dust did not touch her. Her dream was to

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