The Roaring Twenties was a time where people strived to achieve the American Dream.The American Dream is the idea that any person can have anything they desire, including a nice house, a good job, a family, and to be rich as long as they worked hard for it.The “Roaring Twenties” was a time when the stock market was booming and people saw the potential of becoming rich, or richer, than they already were.The dream of having a nice house, a good job, a family, and becoming rich suffered a decline through the immoral actions of the characters in the novel The Great Gatsby.
In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby’s longing of the past with his romantic relationship with Daisy represents the elusiveness of the American Dream through the green light, the emptiness of Gatsby’s house, and the death of Gatsby.
The green light in The Great Gatsby represents Jay Gatsby’s impossibility of achieving the elusive American Dream.
The green light that Gatsby can see from his West Egg house is the light coming from Daisy’s East Egg dock. Gatsby’s longing of the past for his romantic relationship with Daisy is shown as the green light.Gatsby’s dream is shown as the green light which represents Gatsby’s hopes of him and Daisy in the future. “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and as far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling.
Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away” (Fitzgerald 25-26). The quote shows how the green light is far away and out of reach, which makes it impossible for Gatsby to reach it.Gatsby and the people of the 1920s’ desire of managing the elusive American Dream is shown through the impossibility to reach the green light.
A way of achieving the American Dream was to have a nice house with a perfect family.In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby tried to attain his dream to win Daisy back by having parti…