In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s cynicism about the American Dream in the 1920’s is represented by the characters Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom. In the 1920’s America was changing in a tremendous way. The rising Stock Markets, World War 1, and the ratification of the 18th Amendment changed the way people were living. When the stock markets crashed citizens didn’t value their money anymore they were just wasting it, they had the mindset that money was really easy to come by. When the 18th Amendment
The idea of the American Dream plays a huge role in the novel of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Before the 1920s the true meaning of the American Dream was the promise that all men are created equal and that they are born with the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which is stated in the Declaration of Independence. However, the American Dream became a problem by the 1920’s because it failed to keep its promise; people began to value money over justice, love
Although Gatsby has a lot of greatness, his dreams makes him, and destroys him. Firstly, Gatsby immersed himself in the illusion of metaphysics which separate to the reality. Daisy was not as perfect as in his illusion but vain and cowardly: In order to get Tom's wealth and social status, she married him without love and even endured the reality that Tom got a mistress outside; she wanted to back to Gatsby when she saw his wealth; she was shook when Tom exposed Gatsby's social status and wealth;
sophistication she has acquired through old money. In comparison critics introduce the idea that, “Gatsby and the other newly minted, self-made millionaires of the Gold Coast are crude, garish, and flamboyant,” and do not have the same sense of pride the Buchanan’s have (Notecard 12). Critics explore the possibility that being a self-made millionaire has lesser standing in 1920s New York. The wealthy class is therefore split into two different social classes, vanity of old money and gluttony of new money.