The Great Gatsby-Final Judgment

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Just Out of Reach F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final judgment on the American Dream, represented by the character of Jay Gatsby, is the American Dream is too far out of reach. Fitzgerald proves this throughout the novel The Great Gatsby by using color and characters. “Our eyes lifted over the rose-beds and the hot lawn and the weedy refuse of the dog-days along shore. Slowly the white wings of the boat moved against the blue cool limit of the sky. Ahead lay the scalloped ocean and the abounding blessed isles” (117). The colors blue and white blend together, symbolizing the hopeful perfection that Gatsby’s parties in his “blue gardens” seem to promise. Daisy Buchanan, the epitome of innocent, yet corrupt, was the love of Jay Gatsby’s life. Gatsby, blind to her sinful ways, places her on a pedestal far out of his reach. “Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols weighing down their white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans” (115). Later in the novel after Daisy brutally ran Myrtle Wilson over with Gatsby’s car, he was still oblivious to Daisy’s unscrupulous manner. “He spoke as if Daisy’s reaction was the only thing that mattered” (143). Gatsby wanted nothing more than Daisy’s love that he subconsciously overlooked the murder she committed, stood outside her window to make sure she was fine, and took the blame for her crime. Jay Gatsby was killed, never fulfilling his American Dream. Even with his fancy house, nice clothes, expensive cars, and boatloads of cash, Gatsby’s father and Nick were the only people to attend his funeral. This is one of the many harsh realities of not being able to procure the American Dream. One may have the money, the material objects, and nice parties, but can also have no true friends. The American Dream is the most deceiving idea ever to be conceived by man; one can work themselves to the bone in an
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