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The Great Gatsby and the Destruction of the American Dream The Great Gatsby a novel by F Scott Fitzgerald is about the corruption of the American Dream and the downfall of those who attempt to attain its illusionary goals As the novel shows the twentieth century is a moral wasteland and a corruption of the original idealistic American Dream of the past Fitzgeralds moral wasteland is shown physically in the valley of ashes scene of the novel This dismal and desolate wasteland exists side-by-side with the white and unreal dream of Daisy and her world Even the colours of this landscape have correlations to Daisy the yellow of Dr TJ Eckleburgs spectacles and the brick of the houses on the street is a colour of decay but also of riches like sunlight and gold Also the ashes in the valley form figures to Nick which disintegrate at the slightest puff of wind Gatsby is incapable of recognizing the ashes of what Daisy represents and takes her emptiness for substance Although Nick sees the moral desolation of the Buchanans world Gatsby cannot and tries to find in this world a dream worth holding on to As shown in Gatsbys parties nothing is connected to reality there is laughter without amusement enthusiasm between strangers friends without friendship and life without meaning Gatsbys dream is that through wealth and power one can acquire happiness in his case love with Daisy Throughout the novel we see that Gatsby cannot see that the past is over and done with and he therefore can have no chance with Daisy He is sure that he can capture his dream with wealth and influence Nick attempts to show Gatsby the folly of his dream and tell him that he cannot relive the past but Gatsby confidently replies Yes you can old sport There are many connections between Gatsbys dream with the American Dream A big part of both is the
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