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It is all useless It is like chasing the wind Ecclesiastes 226 The it in this case F Scott Fitzgeralds groundbreaking novel The Great Gatsby refers to the exhaustive efforts Gatsby undertakes in his quest for life the life he wants to live the so-called American Dream The novel is Fitzgeralds vessel of commentary and criticism of the American Dream As he paints a vivid portrait of the Jazz Age Fitzgerald defines this Dream and through Gatsbys downfall expresses the futility and agony of its pursuit Through Gatsbys longing for it he depicts its beauty and irresistible lure in a manner of which the Philosopher himself would be proud The aspects of the American Dream are evident throughout Fitzgeralds narrative Take for example James Gatzs heavenly almost unbelievable rise from beating his way along the south shore of Lake Superior as a clam-digger and a salmon-fisher Fitzgerald 95 to the great ie excessive Gatsby housed in a colossal affair by any standard with a tower on one side a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden Fitzgerald 11 The awe in which Fitzgerald presents his awakened phoenix clearly conveys the importance of improvement or at least what one thinks is improvement in the American Dream it is not necessarily a life of excesses and wealth Fitzgerald defends as the Dream for the audience sees clearly their detriments in the novel through Tom and Daisy but rather a change in the style of life reflecting the equally-American pioneering spirit Nevertheless wealth does certainly play an important role in the American Dream With wealth supposedly comes comfort as Nick mentions regarding his home I had a view of the water a partial view of my neighbours lawn and the consoling proximity of millionaires Fitzgerald 11 Wealth states Ross Possnock in his quoting of Karl Marx is the great equalizer of inequality I am ugly but I can buy the most
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