金融学院 11金融一班 莫文君 20112815
Jay Gatsby - The title character and protagonist of the novel, Gatsby is a fabulously wealthy young man living in a Gothic mansion in West Egg. He is famous for the lavish parties he throws every Saturday night, but no one knows where he comes from, what he does, or how he made his fortune. As the novel progresses, Nick learns that Gatsby was born James Gatz on a farm in North Dakota; working for a millionaire made him dedicate his life to the achievement of wealth. When he met Daisy while training to be an officer in Louisville, he fell in love with her. Nick also learns that Gatsby made his fortune through criminal activity, as he was willing to do anything to gain the social position he thought necessary to win Daisy. Nick views Gatsby as a deeply flawed man, dishonest and vulgar, whose extraordinary optimism and power to transform his dreams into reality make him “great”
On the surface, The Great Gatsby is a tragic love story, but the main theme of the novel relates the disillusionment of the American Dream. The American Dream is the belief that anyone, however poor, can win success and happiness by his own hard work. This idea grows during the fast development period in America. The dream is a sublime motivation for achieving one’s goals.
When it is tainted with wealth and power, money becomes the main theme in the American society and the dream becomes void and empty. Gatsby is a prime example of pursuing the American Dream. His dream is symbolized by Daisy, a beautiful, rich and charming young lady. He believes that despite his poverty and empty background, he can enter the upper class on the basis of his skills and hard work. So he does everything, legal and illegal, in order to acquire wealth and win his love. Daisy becomes the only important goal in his life. Money changes Gatsby into a wealthy man,but he will never be turned into a noble man. Being witnesses to Gatsby’s failure, we realize
that the American Dream is not easy to achieve and wealth does not bring real success and happiness.