Vol. 7, Issue 4 (2020)
The American dream in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: A boon or a bane
Author(s): Muhammad Saleh Habib, Sharjeel Ashraf, Adeel Ahmad, Sundus Gohar, Sumbal Sarfraz
Abstract: The paper explores the corrupted idea of the American Dream in one of the greatest novels written on the topic, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Even though the pursuance of the American Dream stems from the idea of hard work and success that is pure, truthful, and just, Jay Gatsby’s approach in achieving it leads to his demise. His relationships with other characters, particularly Tom Buchanan and Daisy Buchanan, were tainted because of the morally corrupted notion of the American Dream. This paper textually analyzes The Great Gatsby and explores that how Gatsby runs after a dream (Daisy) that he cannot achieve even after becoming financially wealthy, and how the corrupt ideals of the American Dream become the reason that he cannot fulfill his own dreams.