The Great Gatsby

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Through The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald seems to communicate a message about people’s failure to accomplish their dreams—Nick, Gatsby, Tom, and Daisy all have ideas for the perfect life and none of them are able to achieve them. Deeply explore one character—his/her dreams, his/her dreams, his/her attempts to accomplish those dream, his/her reasons for failure, and the message that Fitzgerald might be communicating through this failure.

The pursuit of dreams is the eternal topic for human. Some fanatical pursuit of fame and wealth, and some will lay down their lives for human equality. Whatever the realm of pursuing dreams, ultimately, I think it is the pursuit of spiritual satisfaction. However, in the reality, people’s dreams are very easy to be materialized. The background of The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is exactly such a society—blindly pursuing the dreams, which are materialized, leads people get lost and finally fail for their dreams. In this novel, all the characters have their ideas for their dreams, but none of them are able to achieve them. So does Myrtle Wilson. Myrtle is an underclass married woman. Living in such a material society, Myrtle has enough of her poor life with her poor husband. She has a dream—escaping from her husband and having a luxurious life. Obviously, she fails to accomplish her dream.

As an underlying social character, Myrtle cannot achieve her dream by herself. She must depend on some other upper class men, like Tom. When she pours over the story of her first meeting with Tom, she describes that, “He had on a dress suit and patent-leather shoes, and I couldn’t keep my eyes off him” (24). At the first tome Myrtle meets Tom, she falls for Tom. Or we can say, she falls for Tom’s wealthy dress up. Depending on Tom, Myrtle lives in a long white cake of apartment-houses, has parties with neighbors, dresses beautiful clothes, and has a lovely puppy. All of these tell us that her attempts to...
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