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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 "The American Nightmare" After the events of WW1, a time of prosperity entered the world.This time period made the "American Dream" come to life, but for who? Fitzgerald uses characters like Jay Gatsby, Nick and Daisy Buchanan to show the "American Nightmare." 1.CorruptionJay Gatsby sees that wealth is the solution to his problems. Through this Gatsby becomes a slave to money. Even though his love for money is motivated by his love for Daisy, Gatsby becomes hallow and sees that money can change the past. "You can't repeat the past. Can't repeat the past he cried incredulously why of course you can (Chapter 6)." Like Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan is in love with his wealth "It makes me sad because I've never such-suchBeautiful shirts (Chapter 5)."Both Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is a symbol of America's lust for money. 2. Social ClassDuring the 1920's America was divide by social class.Each class tells how much money you have: lower class for the poor middle class for people neither rich or poor and upper class for the rich. Fitzgerald uses social class to divide "new" and "old" money. Each person from both sides hate each other because of their money. Gatsby has new money, Tom, Nick and Daisy have old money."They were careless people, Tom and Daisythey smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made (Chapter 9)."Nick isn't like that, instead of judging by were the money comes from he cares for the person.Nick shows us that people of West and East Egg only care about money. 3.Past and futureBoth Nick and Gatsby are haunted by their past and future. Fitzgerald uses Nick's fear for the future as a sign to what's coming in America's future. Gatsby is haunted by "what could have been" and "what if." What if he married Daisy before the corruption of money. All this "What ifs" bring Gatsby to his love for money and Daisy his motivation. Fitzgerald uses the past and future, social class and the corruption of the "American Dream" to show that America can be its own worst enemy. The love for wealth is corruption, social class divides Americas inhabitants and that upper class is just regular people who fear. "The American Dream" can be an "American Nightmare"
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