Gatsby's Hopes and Dreams for his Future The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald is recognized in American Literature as one of his greatest achievements. Many of Fitzgerald's works research the Jazz-Age for the single American dream of happiness and wealth (Poupard, Person 146). "Critics concur that The Great Gatsby rises above being a mere chronicle of a past American era, and most believe that the novel's continued popularity demonstrates modern America's fascination with the American dream" (Poupard, Person 147). In this book Fitzgerald uses Gatsby to compare the real American dreamer with what has become of the American society in the 1920's. During the 1920's America was unable to fulfill dreams and expose the blindness in Jazz-Age Americans. "The Great Gatsby is an exploration of the American dream as it exists in a corrupt period, and it is an attempt to determine the concealed boundary that divides the reality from the illusions" (Bewley 38). Jay Gatsby is a builder as!.
well as a dreamer, and Gatsby puts his all into figuring out his "ethical dream" (Minter 82). The Great Gatsby was written in a poor society with no moral virtues. Dreamers in a healthy society are respected and encouraged. However, in the twenties these people weren't treated with the respect they deserved. "Gatsby's dream divides into three basic and related parts: the desire to repeat the past, the desire for money, and the desire for incarnation of "unutterable visions" in the material earth" (Lockridge 11). In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby will do anything to fulfill his hopes and dreams. Gatsby does not fulfill his hopes and dreams in his lifetime. No one knows where Gatsby comes from, what he does, or how he has become so wealthy. But in the middle of the novel Nick Carraway, the narrator discovers that Gatsby was born Jay Gatz in North Dakota. Gatsby also tell Carraway about his schooling. Gatsby says, "I am the son of some wealthy people in the middle - west - all dea!.