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In The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald develops and discusses many themes that were typical of society in the 1920s time period The two most obvious and important themes that are developed are that of the American dream and how it had an effect on the characters notably Gatsby and the idea of social divisions conflicts and the immorality of the elite class In the novel Fitzgerald carefully creates distinct social classes which portrays a message of elitism in the society of the 1920s as well as the immorality of the people of the elite class Throughout the book the characters are continually affected by the elitist attitudes of the rich and the failure of the American dream and of Gatsbys pursuit of his own dreams eventually lead to his downfall and collapse Gatsbys character as well as his strife to achieve wealth and power makes him a perfect idealization of the American dream as well as a typical person of the 1920s era He started out with little in his childhood and eventually worked his way up to the top of the social strata When he fell in love with Daisy he knew that the only thing that was keeping them apart was money Therefore he was motivated to make money so that he would be able to win her heart His rags-to-riches success story and his motivation and persistence to achieve his goal make him very admirable In the book we learn that even from his younger days Gatsby was always motivated to improve himself and his life After Gatsby dies his father says Jimmy was bound to get ahead He always had some resolves like this or something Do you notice what hes got about improving his mind He was always great for that182 In the 1920s many people were motivated as Gatsby was to get rich quick The idea of this American dream that Gatsby so well fulfills was a
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