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The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgeralds classic twentieth-century story of Jay Gatsbys quest for Daisy Buchanan examines and critiques Gatsbys particular vision of the 1920s American Dream Written in 1925 the novel serves as a bridge between World War I and the Great Depression of the early 1930s The idealism evident in Gatsbys constant ambition helps define what Fitzgerald saw as the basis for the American Character Gatsby is a firm believer in the American Dream of self-made success he has after all not only invented and self-promoted a whole new role for himself but has succeeded both financially and socially However Gatsby hopes to obtain that which is unfeasible at least to the degree which he desires As the novel unfolds Gatsby seems to realize that his idea and pursuit of Daisy is more rewarding than the actual attainment of her Although Gatsby remains fully committed to his aspirations up until his death he struggles with the reality of when those aspirations for his American Dream are either achieved or in Gatsbys case proven inaccessible The Great Gatsbys main and most evident theme would be the corrupting influence of wealth to the purity of a dream This theme is clearly developed in the characters of Tom and Daisy Buchanan In contrast the pursuit of a dream is a noble thing that gives meaning to life as proven by Gatsbys lifelong pursuit of Daisy Gatsby is never corrupted by his wealth for it is there for a single purpose - to prove his worth to Daisy Readers will clearly see and comprehend that those living in the East lead lives of materialism and possession that corruption has now taken over the American Dream and lastly that money cannot buy everythingThe East is a symbol of shallowness carelessness and corruption as evidenced by characters such as Tom and Daisy Buchanan Jordan Baker and Meyer Wolfsheim In contrast the Midwest is a symbol of morality conservatism
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