The American Dream
During the Roaring Twenties, American lifestyles changed dramatically. Money was abundant and people were going out and having fun. All of this wealth and socializing contributes to the American Dream. Jay Gatsby, the main character of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald symbolizes everything about this dream. Gatsby thinks money is the answer to all his problems and desires. This includes the woman he loves, Daisy. Jay Gatsby has the best of everything: the nicest car, the best clothes, the biggest house, and the liveliest parties.
The car during the twenties was the most important status symbol. Gatsbys car is one of the most expensive, magnificent cars created then. Nick Carraway is in awe the first time he sees it: Id seen it. Everybody had seen it. It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length (68). Gatsby is able to make Tom Buchanan jealous with his car. Tom takes the car into the city and tries to insult Gatsby, Ill take you in this circus wagon (128). It is Gatsbys dream, his marvelous car that shatters Toms dream. Gatsbys car hit Toms mistress, Myrtle Wilson and kills her instantly. Jay attempts to hide his car: he gave instructions that the open car wasnt to be taken out under any circumstances (169). He tells Nick that no one saw him returning to his house. Nick gets angry at this because everyone knew the color of the car: I disliked him so much by this time that I didnt find it necessary to tell him he was wrong (151). Gatsbys dream car is what indirectly leads to his death.
Jay Gatsby buys his huge mansion at West Egg in order to be directly across from Daisy Buchanans house. While he is at the Buchanans house, he points this out to Tom: Gatsbys eyes followed it momentarily; he raised his hand and pointed across the bay. Im right across from you. (124). Tom is again overcome with jealousy. The way Nick describes Gatsbys house helps the reader its size and beauty: it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden (9). Gatsby asks Nick to have Daisy over for tea, just so she can see his house. Appearance means everything to Gatsby. In his attempt to win Daisys love, ...