In the great
Gatsby Fitzgerald is saying that those who try to pursue the American dream can
never be satisfied, because the American dream entails always striving for
something more then what we already have.
In the 1920s, it was a tumultuous time following WW1, the increase in
immigration as well as women’s rights and the massive economic boom. With the
crash looming in 1929 many people belief was that anyone could ‘strike it rich’
like Gatsby did. For example in the book George and Myrtle Wilson were middle
class people looking to improve their life, and achieve the American dream just
like how Gatsby did.
embodies this in the decadent wealth that he is always accumulating, and in his
pursuit of daisy. Which daisy is the ultimate and perfect example of the American
dream. However, even when Gatsby
succeeds in getting daisy, and even when she wants to run away with him to be
with him, he still does not feel satisfied. He wants her to say she never loved
tom and to live in his house as if they have always be married to him.
This is impossible
for her to do because she cannot say she never loved Tom. In addition, and because
of this, Gatsby will always be unsatisfied, and this destroys him inside. This can
be seen as the frustration to all those have who try to pursue the American
dream. Especially in the time period like, I stated before the 1920s were time
for great economic growth in the stock market.
that stock market wealth is infinite if you work hard and to keep up with your
investments your income will always grow. They believed was that anyone could be a part
of it even they were poor like Gatsby. This were they belief in the 1920s and
the common theme in the novel.
In the story
underlying greed strewn throughout the novel, and affairs which tear couples
apart, which leads to the darkest secret at the end, is Gatsby’s wealth didn’t
come from work, it actually came from a life of crime. Fitzgerald is saying that the American dream
is actually a lost promise. Because in the end Jay Gatsby is able to acquire an
enormous amount of wealth throughout his life, but he is unable to penetrate
the upper class. In addition, he ends up
being killed after tangling in that crowd for too long.
In example in the book quote ” But I didn’t call to him for he gave
a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone–he stretched out his arms
toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I
could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward–and
distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that
might have been the end of a dock”. In closure, I feel that these ideas are
summed up well in the closing of the novel. Which is the key symbol of the
green light, and how Gatsby is reaching out to something (the American dream)
that in which he cannot acquire.
The example ”
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year
receded before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter- tomorrow we will
run faster, stretch out our arms farther… and then one fine morning – So we beat on, boats against the current,
borne back ceaselessly into the past”.