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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic twentieth-century story of Jay Gatsby's quest for Daisy Buchanan, examines and critiques Gatsby's particular vision of the 1920's American Dream. Written in 1925, the novel serves as a bridge between World War I and the Great Depression of the early 1930's. The idealism evident in Gatsby's constant ambition helps define what Fitzgerald saw as the basis for the American Character. Gatsby is a firm believer in the American Dream of self-made success: he has, after all, not only invented and self-promoted a whole new role for himself, but has succeeded both financially and socially. However, Gatsby hopes to obtain that which is unfeasible, at least to the degree which he desires. As the novel unfolds, Gatsby seems to realize that his idea and pursuit of Daisy is more rewarding than the actual attainment of her. Although Gatsby remains fully committed to his aspirations up until his death, he struggles with the reality of when those aspirations for his American Dream are either achieved or, in Gatsby's case, proven inaccessible. The Great Gatsbys main and most evident theme would be the corrupting influence of wealth to the purity of a dream. This theme is clearly developed in the characters of Tom and Daisy Buchanan. In contrast, the pursuit of a dream is a noble thing that gives meaning to life, as proven by Gatsby's lifelong pursuit of Daisy. Gatsby is never corrupted by his wealth, for it is there for a single purpose - to prove his worth to Daisy. Readers will clearly see and comprehend that those living in the East lead lives of materialism and possession, that corruption has now taken over the American Dream, and lastly that money cannot buy everything.
The East is a symbol of shallowness, carelessness, and corruption, as evidenced by characters such as Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Meyer Wolfsheim. In contrast, the Midwest is a symbol of morality, conservatism, and practicality, as shown by Nick Carraway. Nick had tried to flee from his Midwestern morals by going to New York, but instead he became horrified to see that the East was completely corrupt. As a result of this Nick returns home to the Midwest. Nick was able to see that his cousin and her friends were all corrupted by their money in a variety of ways. Daisy was born and married to wealth. She had no values and no purpose in her life. All she did was float around from one social scene to the next wea...