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The Great Gatsby is a very good example of the American way of life during the 1920s The fatal outlook that pursued the characters of this story is a rather harsh reminder that life often turns out in ways opposite to that which was planned The author uses irony as a weapon that cuts off dreams expectations and lives leaving nothing but emptiness foolishness and senseless people behind Throughout the essay ask yourself Is this all part of the American Dream All of Gatsbys wealth influence parties and petty aspirations are flabbergasticly presented only to have it all be absolutely meaningless With Gatsbys living in the glittering dream world which seemed secure in his magical wealth magical signifies illegal he vanisheddied In clarification Jay Gatsbys tiny aspirations might be seen as a direct result or reflection of the time in which they were cast a period characterized by the elusive American Dream and more notably a great depression following afterwards Gatsby rose to wealth relative fame and yet never achieved the contentment he was seeking Sadly it could be said that the boy boarding the millionaire Dan Codys yacht was more satisfied in his wistful material goals than the man staring out across the bay towards the green light reaching towards something he never accomplishes to get Was Gatsby really a bootlegger Did he actually deal with dubious stocks Was he a part of an enormous illicit underground establishment Of course there is no doubt But the spirit of the 1920s and the author who chose to utilize this spirit leave the reader blind to this notion Instead the Great Gatsby was a product and victim of that romantically materialistic aura ever present throughout the decade and all thereafterthe American Dream The attempt to capture the American dream is a difficult task in novels This dream varies for different people but in The Great Gatsby for Jay the dream is that through wealth and power
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