The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about the American Dream, an optimistic objective that everybody ought to have the chance to accomplish riches, status and achievement. Fitzgerald utilizes characters Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson to demonstrate a negative perspective of the American Dream.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald utilizes Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson to that the American Dream can’t be accomplished, yet recommends that taking a stab at it is a basic piece of the American experience. Jay Gatsby is a character whose sole design is to win over Daisy, the lady he had always wanted. Daisy is a to some degree shallow character, however she speaks to riches, “Her voice is brimming with cash,” (120). Daisy particularly speaks to acknowledgment into the old cash of East Egg, and as Gatsby’s fantasy, she is the American Dream. Gatsby is devoured by Daisy and spends the majority of the novel attempting to win Daisy back, investing little energy in whatever else. Gatsby’s endeavors to win over Daisy speaks to the excursion for the American Dream. He forfeits his trustworthiness keeping in mind the end goal to get rich by including himself in illicit business. Gatsby trusts that he can reproduce the past, which is simply the relationship and Daisy, with cash.
Nonetheless, the destiny of Gatsby demonstrates Fitzgerald’s considerations on the American Dream. Toward the finish of his life, Daisy backpedals to Tom, her husband, and Gatsby is killed. Scratch’s initial remarks that “Gatsby turned out okay toward the end; it is the thing that went after Gatsby, what foul clean skimmed in the wake he had always wanted that incidentally finished off my enthusiasm for the unsuccessful distresses and short?winded raptures of men,” additionally mirror Fitzgerald’s considerations. Gatsby’s fantasy of Daisy’s affection winds up going after him and thus, is the thing that slaughtered him at last. Clearly Fitzgerald has a skeptical perspective of such an expending dream.
Myrtle Wilson, as Gatsby, additionally has an American dream, one that includes engaging in extramarital relations with Tom so as to pick up riches and status. Like Daisy, Tom, Daisy’s husband, likewise speaks to old cash. In spite of the fact that Tom isn’t illustrative of the American Dream as is Daisy, Myrtle trusts that he is the methods for contacting her fantasy: propelling her position from bring down class to affluent. Myrtle lives in the valley of powder, the poor piece of New York and is hitched to an auto-repairman. Myrtle, nonetheless, is further far from her fantasy than she understands.
Despite the fact that Tom showers Myrtle with endowments, he has no goal of wedding her like Myrtle trusts he does. Catherine McKee discloses to Nick that “it’s extremely his significant other that is keeping them separated. She’s a Catholic, and they don’t trust in separate” (33), a lie that Tom is presumably bolstering Myrtle. Myrtle is extremely materialistic, and utilizes her husband getting a suit for instance with respect to why her marriage was a misstep. Like Gatsby, Myrtle is slaughtered as opposed to understanding her fantasy. The two characters kicking the bucket before achieving their fantasy or understanding that their fantasies are inaccessible, demonstrates that Fitzgerald trusts that the American dream is a perilous hallucination. Both Gatsby’s and Myrtle’s passings are immediate and aberrant results of making progress toward the American Dream.
Gatsby is ensuring Daisy when he assumes fault for the auto collision that murdered Myrtle. After the crash, “he talks as though Daisy’s response was the main thing that made a difference,” (143), proposing that nothing matters to Gatsby other than discovering routes for Daisy to acknowledge and cherish him consequently accomplishing his fantasy. Gatsby assumes the fault with a specific end goal to achieve his fantasy. It is a result of this that he is killed by Myrtle’s husband. Along these lines, Gatsby’s fantasy is specifically causes his demise. For Myrtle, there is no immediate activity that prompts her passing, notwithstanding, it is the blend of Daisy and Myrtle’s hunting down Tom, two things that she did in quest for her fantasy, that makes her be keep running over.
In the last entry of the novel, Fitzgerald additionally announces the futility of the American dream, saying that Gatsby “did not realize that his fantasy was at that point behind him,” (180). In any case, he additionally communicates that taking a stab at it is a piece of human instinct and is something that will dependably be done, “it evaded us at that point, that regardless of tomorrow we will run speedier, extend our arms more distant… ” (180.) Fitzgerald’s tone here elevates this inconceivable dream into a position of respect, where the trip is more vital than the fantasy itself. In these last lines, Fitzgerald expresses that, in any case with reference to whether it is conceivable or not, the trip to gain the American dream is a major piece of the American experience. Through Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson’s inability to accomplish their fantasy, Fitzgerald depicts the American Dream cynically, as one that can’t be accomplished. He stresses this by showing the characters of Tom and Daisy, who speak to the cushion that prevents Gatsby and Myrtle from accomplishing their fantasies. In any case, the last section of the novel demonstrates that Fitzgerald thinks about the American Dream as something beyond a worthless dream, whose acknowledgment isn’t conceivable.
As per Fitzgerald, making progress toward the American Dream characterizes human instinct; not as the unimaginable dream, but rather one that will dependably be strived for.