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Gatsby The Great Gatsby is F Scott Fitzgeralds classic 1920s novel encompassing the story a man in search of the American dream but in a much more sinister manner On the surface the novel is a story about the disillusioned love between two characters Jay Gatsby and Daisy However the strong and saddening underlying theme is far from romantic The novel encapsulates a highly symbolic notion of the 1920s in America as a whole and in particular the disintegration of the American dream in an upperclass world of vulgar materialism Jay Gatsby is a man from humble beginnings trying to make his way into the prestige area of Long Island New York with a particular vision of achieving THE American Dream at a young age Fitzgeralds social insight into the novel focuses on the young privileged and very wealthy west egg of Long Island or the new money The text opens at the peak of Gatsbys tenacity and optimism to achieve material wealth and accomplishment at illegally attaining the American dream We see him characterized against a vast mansion brightly lit with the newly discovered electricity of the 20s at his weekly parties and fleet of shiny new cars Having achieved material success the story largely tracks the development of the romance between Daisy a married woman and Gatsby the chase for Gatsbys other dream and the inspiration for his fulfillment of the American dream Through Nick Carraway the character in which the story is told we see the change and eventual demise from wealthy and inspired and trying to rekindle his relation with Daisy to the realisation that the American dream and material wealth will not provide the answers to lifes dreams The American dream was meant to be about discovery and the pursuit of happiness However as a result of Gatsbys naivety he thought with the attainment of it he would be happy
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