Analysis of The Great Gatsby
A look at how F. Scott Fitzgerald builds a novel about the failure of the American Dream.
This paper argues that Fitzgerald shows Gatsby’s success, in his novel The Great Gatsby as a hollow and futile attempt to achieve the American Dream.
The goals of the characters in The Great Gatsby are to make money, spend money, have a good time, and worry about morals and responsibility some other time. This shallow, pampered existence becomes the American dream to many in the 20s: to live the life of the idle rich. There are other themes in Gatsby, such as greed, corruption, lust, the Jazz Age, and the American Dream that has gone sadly off course. The Great Gatsby describes the failure of this American Dream. The main character Jay Gatsby becomes so obsessed with his desire to enter the rich upper class that he resorts to crime to earn his fortune.