In The Great Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald shows how the concept of American individualism and dream changed in the 1920s. Rich people on the East Coast have poor and empty souls. They care only for money. American dream is a constant rush for wealth for them. They are deprived of any moral values or life principles. They use all methods to achieve their goal ”“ to become rich ”“ and even the feeling of love is defiled (cited in Mandel).
In The Great Gatsby Nick Garraway, the narrator and Daisy’s cousin arrives to Long Island that is the district of rich people and penetrates into the life of the American society of the 1920s. That is the exposition of the novel ”“ the introductory part to the whole story. He gets acquainted with his neighbor Gatsby, who is very rich and successful. It appears that he has loved Daisy for many years. Beginning with this point the action begins to rise. “Daisy is trapped in cultural constructions of Rich Wife and Pretty Girl ”“ she chooses the “unsatisfactory stability”ť of her marriage because of those constructions”ť (Fryer, 155). Their love affair starts. Tom, Daisy’s husband, is furious, although he also has a lover. The climax of the novel is Daisy’s terrible accident and its consequences. Nick can not bear all these dirty intrigues and conspiracies. He is fed up with this life and he returns home, that is the end of the story and its resolution.
In The Great Gatsby the characters are grown-up people and their aim is to earn money. The book is oriented on the American reader. They appeal to people to stop, think for a while and decide whether they have true life values or not (cited in Kerr).