Great Gatsby and the American Dream Essay

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Karli DuBois Period: 6 September 21, 2012 Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” is one of the greatest American novels written in the 20th century. The story has influenced many other writers, classrooms, and movies still to this day. The scandalous time period of the novel (1920s) catches many American’s attention, and ties in directly with the themes of the novel. The 1920s, otherwise known as the Roaring Twenties, was the time period in American where young people were trying new things, breaking the rules, and experiencing life in a new way. The setting and time period helps to tie in the themes of lust and greed, and how these desires eventually lead to the decline of the “American dream”. In “The Great Gatsby” there are two main settings, East Egg and West Egg, which are fictional towns in the state of New York. East Egg is the wealthier and more elite of the two. Gatsby, despite all of his money, lives in West Egg so he can admire Daisy from afar. Also, because Gatsby lives only across the lake from Daisy, who lives in East Egg, he believes that she can watch his extravagant parties and eventually she will come back to him because of all the money he now has. Greed and lust both have a major role in “The Great Gatsby”. Daisy is a very shallow person, controlled by greed and worldly possessions. This is shown on page 22 when Daisy says, “I know. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything…Sophisticated — God, I’m sophisticated!” This is one of many quotes that indirectly show how conceited and concerned Daisy is to have a “sophisticated” lifestyle. This is the only reason why Daisy married Tom and not Gatsby, because at the time, Tom was much wealthier. Daisy is Gatsby’s American dream; all he wants to do is get her back. Because Daisy is a selfish and “sophisticated” person, therefore, Gatsby tries to win her
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