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1 Introduction F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby 1925 is regarded as the most outstanding work among his novels concerning the aspects of both its thoughts and artistry Its theme is closely related to the time and opens a window for the reader to examine the 1920s America The seeming post-war prosperity cannot hide the actual vanity and avoid the failure of the American Dream F Scott Fitzgerald depicts the flaws of Gatsbys dream and corruption of materialism Beginning with the introduction of the American Dream and the story the paper goes on to analyze the character Gatsby and some symbols in the novel which implied the theme of the novel 2 The American Dream and the story The American Dream is an American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire In the deepening gloom of the Depression the American Dream represented a reaffirmation of traditional American hopes Anthony Brandt1 Written in 1925 the novel serves as a bridge between World War I and the Great Depression of the early 1930s Fitzgerald focused on the roaring 20s It is a time when American economy soared and opportunities were everywhere It is a time of moral decadence and feelings of complacency following the conclusion of the Great War It seems that everybody at that time had an American Dream Somebody succeeded somebody failed Fitzgerald had revealed the stridency of an age of glittering innocence In vivid and graceful prose he had at the same time portrayed the hollowness of the American worship of riches and the unending American dream of love splendor and fulfilled desiresWu Weiren 227 The novel tells about the disillusion of Jay Gatsby The story begins with the narrator young Nick from Minnesota moved to New York and there he got to know his neighbor Jay Gatsby who was a mysterious rich man and he lived an extravagant life Nick soon found out that it was all
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