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— As he ordered the bombing of Kosovo, Bill Clinton assured the nation that he has been “reading up on the history of that area.” That’s a load off! The great war-time presidents have always realized that before you bomb a country, you should read up on it.

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The last line of chapter four provides a buffer between the dark, ambiguous imagery of the first three chapters and the light imagery to come in chapters five and six. In the last line of chapter four, Nick describes how Jordan’s “wan, scornful mouth smiled” (80), and pulls her to his face, . Although she smiles, she does not truly display any happiness or excitement toward her relationship with Nick. Clashing, and contradictory, this imagery has aspects of happiness, but also aspects of futility; Jordan is not really interested in Nick’s gestures. The last line of chapter four is also an example of the continued examples of important facial expressions, constituting an ongoing motif in the novel. For example, earlier in chapter four, Nick describes how just a glance at Gatsby would make anyone understand that he was telling the truth. Chapter four provides an important gradient between dark and light, as its possession of both leads into the more hopeful mood in chapters five and six.

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Tom and Daisy's antagonistic nature goes further than their hindering of Gatsby's journey to reach his goal. Juxtaposed to Gatsby, Tom and Daisy are truly lazy, frivolous people who, because of their lack of effort to reach their current position, take everything for granted. Nick says that “they were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they 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” (179). In this case, Myrtle is the smashed up thing, and Gatsby is the one who cleans up the mess, by taking the blame. Tom and Daisy are living what others consider a dream (but of course, they take it for granted), and they end up destroying those who wish to become like them and retreating into their carelessness. Moreover, their entire existence shows the unfair nature of American capitalism: one can work and never become rich, while others who are rich will never have to work. Using Tom and Daisy, Fitzgerald shows how the rich views the American dream in a disdainful, ungrateful, and careless manner and because of this, as shown in the previous paragraph, prevents those who seek the dream from reaching it.

The Sewanee ReviewVol. 78, No. 3 (Summer, 1970), pp. 427-443

The American Dream is a persistently celebrated aspect of American society; however Fitzgerald draws from his own life experiences in order to convey that this promise is false. The personification of Daisy as the American Dream; the issue of meritocracy; Myrtle’s death; the image of the green light; and the manner in which Gatsby is denied entry into the elite class, all evidently reflect the significance of the invalidity of the tacit promise of the American Dream. This issue is so surreal and grave not only because the American Dream is false, but mainly because this ideal has been passed down from generation to generation of Americans. This issue is rearing its ugly head with the 99% protests and recent statistics, which prove that our economic environment is very sticky. In other words, the upper class stays in the upper class, and the lower class stays in the lower class, which clearly presented in The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald’s conclusion about the American social classes is unsettling, yet evidently accurate, because of the current social unrest and inflexibility that has been occurring recently in this so called promised land.

The Johns Hopkins University Press

The American dream is a tacit promise given to all citizens in this country, which states that regardless of social class, any individual can aspire to new heights based upon the ideology of meritocracy. The American dream is a “recurring theme in American literature”(Pearson) and in American society. However, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s critically acclaimed novel, presents the American dream as an illusion which can never be achieved, and according to recent events in America, Fitzgerald is evidently correct. The personification of Daisy as the American Dream, the issue of meritocracy, Myrtle’s death, the image of the green light, as well as the manner in which Gatsby is denied entry into the elite class, all represent the invalidity of the American Dream. This delusion of the American Dream is the paramount theme in The Great Gatsby, and it is the main message Fitzgerald attempts to convey in his saddening, but insightful novel.