In the greatGatsby Fitzgerald is saying that those who try to pursue the American dream cannever be satisfied, because the American dream entails always striving forsomething more then what we already have. In the 1920s, it was a tumultuous time following WW1, the increase inimmigration as well as women’s rights and the massive economic boom. With thecrash looming in 1929 many people belief was that anyone could ‘strike it rich’like Gatsby did.
For example in the book George and Myrtle Wilson were middleclass people looking to improve their life, and achieve the American dream justlike how Gatsby did.Gatsbyembodies this in the decadent wealth that he is always accumulating, and in hispursuit of daisy. Which daisy is the ultimate and perfect example of the Americandream. However, even when Gatsbysucceeds in getting daisy, and even when she wants to run away with him to bewith him, he still does not feel satisfied. He wants her to say she never lovedtom and to live in his house as if they have always be married to him. This is impossiblefor her to do because she cannot say she never loved Tom. In addition, and becauseof this, Gatsby will always be unsatisfied, and this destroys him inside. This canbe seen as the frustration to all those have who try to pursue the Americandream.
Especially in the time period like, I stated before the 1920s were timefor great economic growth in the stock market. People believedthat stock market wealth is infinite if you work hard and to keep up with yourinvestments your income will always grow. They believed was that anyone could be a partof it even they were poor like Gatsby. This were they belief in the 1920s andthe common theme in the novel.In the storyunderlying greed strewn throughout the novel, and affairs which tear couplesapart, which leads to the darkest secret at the end, is Gatsby’s wealth didn’tcome from work, it actually came from a life of crime. Fitzgerald is saying that the American dreamis actually a lost promise. Because in the end Jay Gatsby is able to acquire anenormous amount of wealth throughout his life, but he is unable to penetratethe upper class. In addition, he ends upbeing killed after tangling in that crowd for too long.
In example in the book quote ” But I didn’t call to him for he gavea sudden intimation that he was content to be alone–he stretched out his armstoward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him Icould have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward–anddistinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, thatmight have been the end of a dock”. In closure, I feel that these ideas aresummed up well in the closing of the novel. Which is the key symbol of thegreen light, and how Gatsby is reaching out to something (the American dream)that in which he cannot acquire.The example ”Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by yearreceded before us.
It eluded us then, but that’s no matter- tomorrow we willrun faster, stretch out our arms farther… and then one fine morning – So we beat on, boats against the current,borne back ceaselessly into the past”.