20 May 2008
The Undefined American Dream: Character Analysis in the Great Gatsby
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. And one fine morning [...] So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”(172). Nick is the narrator of the novel and analyzes how each character struggles to achieve the American Dream. Gatsby living in the less fashionable side of town moves to the best side of town. Nick and Gatsby just came out of the World War I and are trying to build a better life for themselves. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses the characters of Nick, Daisy, and Gatsby to exemplify false hope that the American Dream is often unfulfill.
First of all Nick, the narrator, sees how each character unfolds themselves and how he, himself, is not pulls into the “American Dream”. Nick’s environment is not like the rest of the people he knows, “I liked at West Egg the well the less fashionable of two” (5). The West Egg is considers to be inexpensive and simply the wrong place to be. Since it is low class environment, no one ever has money and it is dirty all the time, unlike the white houses I n the East Egg. Many people who live in the West Egg want to move to the East Egg as that is the “American Dream.” Nick observes how so many people think they will have a better life. Citizens from the West Egg are moving with false hope will be happier living over in the East Egg and having, supposedly, the life they should have. Secondly, Nick is being pulls into the life he least wants, “Oh I’ll stay in the East Egg do not you worry” […] I’d be two God damm fool to live any where else” (10). While Daisy tries to persuade him to live a different life he does not want fall into it so easily. He observes and knows that it is not the best choice to live over...
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