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The celebrated American novel The Great Gatsby written by Scott Fitzgerald represents how money can cloud values The novel highlights the contrast between the American Dream prior to and during the roaring twenties The green light a reoccurring image in the novel represents the tragedy of the American Dream during the 1920s The green light symbolizes Fitzgeralds criticism of the American Dream by showing the lifestyle of the 1920s that of prior Americans and the importance of the green light to GatsbyFitzgerald uses the symbolism of the green light to demonstrate that the 1920s generation was filled with snobby wealthy and shallow people He shows what had become of this so-called American Dream in the Roaring Twenties The people of the upper class in New York spent their days living frivolously and recklessly often speeding in their Rolls-Royces Fitzgerald 41 Gatsby a character deeply tangled up in the upper class when living in the Big Apple was unaware of the strong social hierarchy that separated the people of East and West Egg Originally Gatsby a Midwesterner influenced by different values and understandings thought that the rich would accept him if he could become wealthy This goal was supposed to be an ultimate way to win back the love of his life Daisy After a long day at the Buchanans estate as Nick pulls his boat back into his dock he sees Gatsby with his arms stretched out his arms toward the dark waterpg 20 looking out at the distinguished green light on the Buchanans dock What Gatzby failed to realize is that this dark altered American Dream pressures him to become wealthy by any means necessary Gatsby finds himself caught up with business that isnt completely legal or honorable thus making a separation between the American Dream during the twenties and the dream of moral Americans prior to that Gatsby threw massive parties that were to
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