The Corruption Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby By F Scott Fitzgerald

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The American Dream is portrayed by a dreamer who pursues to progress form scratch to riches, while gaining love, social status, wealth and power. Those in power, typically involving bribery, portray corruption as dishonest or fraudulent conduct. This applies to the western world where corruption is contributing to the downfall of society. Corruption in society is what leads us to think of the nation in a pessimistic way. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s vision of America is negative and his depiction is that when man is concerned with only his success, the result is corruption.
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Unfortunately, Gatsby has not prepared himself for the self-interested individuals that are only sympathetic towards his wealth and over priced objects. “I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes.” (Nick, 112) Therefore, in novel, according to Fitzgerald’s vision of America, when man focuses entirely on wealth and expensive goods, corruption is the result.
Secondly, Fitzgerald’s vision of America is that when man is only concerned with success based on social status, the result is corruption. Tom Buchanan and Daisy Buchanan are characters of the novel that are very conscience of their own social status, which leads them to be entitled and corrupt. For example, when Tom told Daisy that Jay Gatsby was a bootlegger, Daisy begins to reconsider her relationship with Gatsby.
When Tom and Gatsby are fighting over Daisy, Nick narrates:
“He began to talk excitedly to Daisy, denying everything, defending his name against accusations that had not been made. But with every word she was drawn further and further into herself, so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away.” (Fitzgerald, 128).
According to critic, Barbara Will, “If Gatsby ultimately represents a glorified version of ‘us’ (America), then he does so only if we forget that he is for most of the novel a force of corruption: a criminal, a bootlegger, and an adulterer” (Will). Clearly, Gatsby, as well as his dream of wining Daisy back, hit a major downfall. When Tom tells daisy that Gatsby is a bootlegger, she becomes less interested in Gatsby and draw away from him because of his low social class. Gatsby tries to defend his name, but even that does not convince Daisy otherwise. In addition, Gatsby was very well known for the parties he hosted and he believed this high status would
bring Daisy back to him, although it did not. For instance, Gatsby knew daisy was not enjoying herself at his party when he says to Nick, “she didn’t like it… She didn’t have a good time.. I feel far away from her… It’s hard to make her understand” (Fitzgerald, 105). Indeed, Gatsby’s desire for Daisy is corrupted when daisy does not enjoy herself at his parties. Daisy is a social woman and if even these high social class parties do not impress her enough for her to leave Tom for Gatsby, then nothing will. Thus, Fitzgerald’s vision of America corruption is achieved when man is only concerned...

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