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What is the American dream F Scott Fitzgerald explored this questionin his masterpiece The Great Gatsby Written in 1925 The Great Gatsbylays in the middle of World War 1 and The Great Depression An avidparticipant in the wild partying and bootlegging of liquor during theRoaring Twenties Fitzgerald critiques the very lifestyle he was engagedin Through his novel Fitzgerald examines what Jay Gatsbys idea ofwhat the American dream is scrutinizes of this American dream andprovides a counterpoint American dream with the use of his characterNickFitzgeralds main character in The Great Gatsby is Jay Gatsby he isnew money His romantic view of wealth has caused him to beunprepared for the self-involved corrupt group of so-called friendsYouth and mystery that wealth imprisons and preserves as Fitzgeralddescribes Fitzgerald 157 In hopes of filling a gap in his lifeGatsby throws lavish parties at his house for people who are essentiallystrangers to him Materialism consumes Jay Gatsbys live he wastes hislife and his wealth away on expensive things he does not need andparties for countless ungrateful people This void in Gatsbys life formed from his inability to achieve hislife goals and dreams can be partially blamed on his childlike view oflife Although his wealth was made from the morally corrupt business ofracketeering and conducting suspicious deals his heart seems to beunharmed from the corruption and evil that surrounds him He has livednot for himself but for his dream for his vision of the good lifeinspired by the beauty of a lovely rich girl Fahey 71 Hisinspiration for this good roots from a beautiful young woman who he metwhile he was in the military Daisy Buchanan Crushed by Daisysparents decision that he is an unsuitable match for her because of hislack of wealth Gatsby begins to live his life in such away so that hemay one day be good enough for Daisy BuchananFitzgerald uses Daisy to symbolize everything that Gatsby strives forin life his American dream Her voice was full
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