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The Concept of the American Dream in S. Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby

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The ‘ extraordinary’ hope that Nick reveals is the hope for success, as is what the American Dream is all about. Moreover, when Nick visits the Buchanan’ s, he describes their house as a “ cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial Mansion” . (Fitzgerald, 9) The first perception of Tom Buchanan is that he is a very powerful and elite individual who expects “ obedience from his subjects” . (Web/Online2) Fitzgerald communicates an almost fairytale vision of Tom’ s house, his wife Daisy and Jordan Baker, as “ we are ushered into the living room with its ‘ frosted wedding cake’ ceiling (Fitzgerald, 10), its wine-colored rug, and its enormous couch on which are seated two princesses in white: Jordan Baker and Tom's wife, Daisy Buchanan.

Fitzgerald controls the whole scene through his use of colors--white and gold mainly--that suggest a combination of beauty and wealth. ” (Web/Online2) However, apart from the rich colors, magnificent architecture and sense of power, there airs a discontent, which is noticeable when Jordan Baker yawns more than once in this very first scene. There is seemingly something cool and slightly “ unpleasant about the atmosphere--something basically disturbing” . (Web/Online2) Moreover, Fitzgerald seems to underlie the idea of imprisonment, as his character Daisy says about her daughter’ s birth: “ 'I'm glad it's a girl.

And I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. '” (Fitzgerald, 13) To make such a distinct comment about the nature of her daughter and women, in general, illustrates her mere feelings of entrapment within her own lifestyle. Fitzgerald attempts to show that there is a foul and corrupt nature about Tom and Daisy even under the veneer of the white world; there is hollowness.

Nick pointed out at the very beginning of the novel that: "Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men. "

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