Negative Effects Of The Great Gatsby

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A Vengeful Demise Flappers, flared mini skirts, long cigarette holders, and the fabulous bob hairdo are just a few things that made the roaring twenties great. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was set in the 1920s where the 1920s marked the golden age of the American Dream. People could go out and do as they pleased; party at a strangers house all night long, get as rich as you possibly could, and buy the finer things in life. All the characters in the book seemed to be full of hope, especially Jay Gatsby; he had an “extraordinary gift of hope” (Fitzgerald 6). Marilyn Roberts explains how the American dream is seen in The Great Gatsby, “... characters believe in an American Dream that offers them limitless freedom, wealth, and power,…show more content…
In the beginning, you think that Gatsby is this mysterious guy who stands outside at night staring at a green light, who throws massive parties, and owns the finest things. Gatsby is never seen at his parties. Is it just to make people talk? In the hope that Daisy might hear his name and come to see the new Jay Gatsby. Pidgeon explains why Gatsby pretends to be having a great life. “Fitgerald makes it clear that Gatsby does not enjoy these things for himself. They are merely being used to realize his dream...the acquisition of Daisy” (181). As Nick gets to know Gatsby more closely we as the readers begin to think that, despite Gatsby’s enriching stories, things don’t add up. Gatsby did it all for Daisy. He lost his true self to become someone that Daisy would love. The only reason she ever could of thought she loved him was because she believed that he was successful and rich. She is incapable of really loving anyone when all she wants are the finer things in life. All he wanted was to win Daisy. She was his dream. Pidgeon was very straightforward in summing up the end for Gatsby. “ In the end, Gatsby’s insistence on maintaining the dream kills him,” (182). So Pidgeon is saying that if he hadn’t been so hung up over his dream, and left when Nick told him to, Gatsby, would still be alive. He could make a better life for himself; make his fortune without being a bootlegger or whatever sketchy things he was involved in. Without being hung up over Daisy, he could have changed the world, like his dad believing he could of made a difference. He could have been the real Gatsby, not the pretend

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