The Great Gatsby is a tragic love story on the surface, but it’s most commonly understood as a pessimistic critique of the American Dream. In the novel, Jay Gatsby overcomes his poor past to gain an incredible amount of money and a limited amount of social cache in 1920s NYC, only to be rejected by the “old money” crowd. He then gets killed after being tangled up with them.
Through Gatsby’s life, as well as that of the Wilsons’, Fitzgerald critiques the idea that America is a meritocracy where anyone can rise to the top with enough hard work. We will explore how this theme plays out in the plot, briefly analyze some key quotes about it, as well as do some character analysis and broader analysis of topics surrounding the American Dream in The Great Gatsby.We learn about Gatsby’s less-than-wealthy past, which not only makes him look like the star of a rags-to-riches story, it makes Gatsby himself seem like someone in pursuit of the American Dream, and for him the personification of that dream is Daisy.
The run-on sentences have been corrected and revised accordingly as given below:
Run-On Sentences are sentences that muddle up two or more independent clauses in such a way that they are connected wrongly.
This often leads to problems of comprehension.
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1 I go to work every day; then I come home. OR I go to work every day. Then I come home.
2 What you see is what you get; I always check for quality. OR What you see is what you get. I always check for quality.
3 This new carpet comes in blue, green, and beige; I chose the blue to match my furniture. OR This new carpet comes in blue, green, and beige. I chose the blue to match my furniture.
4 Lions travel in groups called prides; the females of the pride do most of the hunting. OR Lions travel in groups called prides. The females of the pride do most of the hunting.
1 Velma owned a small, white dog.
2 Henry and Samantha are getting married next month.
3 Mr. Wilder traveled to the Grand Canyon.
4 Carrie turned right on Grove Avenue.
5 On Tuesday, Gracie went bowling.
6 In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte became the Emperor of France.
7 The ship sailed west to the Indies.
8 The fruit smoothie for breakfast was full of bananas.