Great Gatsby Essay

Great Gatsby Essay - Phillip Joiner April 10, 2000 The...

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Phillip Joiner April 10, 2000 The Great Gatsby Materialism and Idealism in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel which deals with the quest for wealth and power in society, in order for Gatsby's happiness to be fulfilled . The main character Jay Gatsby believes that if he achieves his financial goals that it would lead to his happiness and a better life. In his mind money equals happiness. Jay Gatsby believes in a sort of an American dream, that money equals happiness. To him being successful, having lots of money and every material object imaginable will fulfill the entire American dream, and result in acquiring the woman he loves. The true American dream describes a way of living that is full of hope and faith for the future. It deals with the wishes and dreams of a person and it tends to be a story of rags to riches. The American dream relates to a desire for inner and material improvement. The Great Gatsby describes the decay of a proper American dream and how the want for money and power is overtaking the spiritual and inner happiness. The materialism in the novel is of more importance to the characters than idealism. Gatsby feels that the only way to achieve idealism is through materialism, he said, "She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me." Gatsby's want for a large amount of money was a huge part of the American dream. He thinks that once he is successful in achieving his financial goals, that it would lead to a better and happier life. The novel is set during the 1920's, which were rather corrupt years, on the account of morals and values. With the sale of alcohol prohibited in the united States, it leads to how
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course ENGL 1101 taught by Professor Elenbaas during the Fall '07 term at GCSU.

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