The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald - 1925 - Research Article from Literary Themes: The American Dream

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The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald - 1925

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece The Great Gatsby (1925) is the quintessential tale of the American dream: the heights a man may reach, the past he can discard, the joy he may (or may not) find, and the tragedy that living the dream may bring him. The novel is set in what Fitzgerald called the "Jazz Age," a period bridging the 1920s and 1930s, and emphasizes the life of pleasure and decadence after the tragedy and horror of World War I. Gatsby's American dream is essentially the "rags-to-riches" story about overcoming poverty and creating a life of pure luxury and indulgence; Fitzgerald's American dream is a dangerous, romantic myth.

Though The Great Gatsby is now an undisputed title in the American literary canon, the novel did not sell well when first published and slipped into...

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