The Great Gatsby Essay

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In this classic novel, Fitzgerald creates satirical work of literature that points out flaws, misconceptions and ignorance of society and the ideals of the American dream through the Gatsby's actions and his belief that the past can be repeated. Fitzgerald shows the idea that the American Dream is flawed through the juxtaposed deaths of Gatsby and Myrtle. The juxtaposition of Gatsby and Myrtle's deaths is realized through looking at their history. In The Great Gatsby, he - Gatsby - is a man who comes from no money. In his early twenties, when he meets Daisy who is of an aristocratic family, Gatsby decides that he will do anything he must to make enough money to marry Daisy. When the action of this novel begins, Gatsby has already worked his way up to a wealthy lifestyle and is in the process of getting Daisy to fall in love with him again. Immediately in the first chapter, we see that Gatsby is living the American Dream when Nick describes his mansion as a colossal affair "spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden." Although Gatsby is living the American Dream in all of his wealth, he is unhappy without the love of Daisy. At the opposite cliche, Myrtle Wilson is very poor. Myrtle lives in the Valley of Ashes and has never had money. Myrtle is very discontented in her marriage to her poor but loyal husband, George. Myrtle is having a love affair with Tom while Gatsby is having a love affair with Tom's wife, Daisy. Although the fact that Tom and Daisy are each cheating on the other is ironic, it is not juxtaposed in the story. What is juxtaposed, however, is the similar passing of Gatsby and Myrtle. Daisy kills Myrtle by running her over in Gatsby's car. Gatsby does not tell the town that Daisy killed Myrtle, even when he is the suspected murder. Daisy does nothing to take

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