morning without even meeting the guest or even knowing who he was. In his article titled, Gatsbys Pristine Dream: The Diminishment of the Self-Made Man in the Tribal Twenties Jeffrey Decker writes, After Gatsbys own sudden death, Nick approaches Wolfsheim the deceaseds closest friend for an account of Gatsbys source of wealth. To Nicks inquiry, Did you start him in business? The Great Gatsby is a great portrayal of the corruption of society and the fall of the American Dream. (Decker) This revelation from Wolfsheim proves that Gatsby really did not fit in with the old rich people like Daisy and Tom. Then picture that in order to discover this disillusioning fact, you have to watch other people destroy themselves in the process of achieving you goal. Up out of nothing, he is made not by the sweat of his honest brow but by the black hand of the immigrant gangster. More than anything however, what the automobiles, homes, and parties represented were what caused Gatsbys dreams to be destroyed. Wolfsheim replies, Start him! The culture of the wealthy Americans represented in Gatsby was defined mainly by consumerism and excessive material wealth. Gatsby was not a fundamentally corrupt man however through his association with dishonest, wayward people he gradually became more like them. Because of Gatsbys naivete, he fails to realize that no matter how many garish displays of wealth or fancy parties he throws, Daisy is essentially priceless and will not leave the aristocratic, old money lifestyle which she has become accustomed to through her relationship with.
The show of luxury and idleness that Donaldson talks about is best shown in Fitzgeralds portrayal of Gatsbys home huck Finn Facets Of Lies and parties that for Gatsby were merely devices he used in a nave attempt to win Daisy. This attitude towards transportation is very in concordance with the attitude the characters, especially Gatsby have towards all material possessions. Hes a smart man. The climax of the story comes when Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy never loved him. Fitzgeralds negative views of society are also portrayed through his depiction of certain guests at Gatsbys parties. He never quite fit in with them but became morally relegated to association with that group. The Great Gatsby,. Like his house, Gatsbys parties are mainly for show as well. Not only is Gatsby raised. Jay Gatsby as a Bold Sensualist: Using Self-Reliance and Walden to Critique the Jazz Age. "Do you come to these parties often?
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