“If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
The AMERICAN dream, desired by every one, was originally based in freedom and choice, but in the roaring 20's people had a whole other idea of it.
Gatsby, for instance, was looking for the past and he thought the only way he could reach his dreams would be with money, he was, like every one, materialistic.
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The fact that he did EVERYTHING for daisy, including the parties, the house, the garden and his whole life as a lie just to get her love reflects how EMPTY the "dream" was at those times.
HOW EMPTY daisy was when she started crying for how beautiful the shirts where, HOW EMPTY Gatsby’s life was with innumerable possessions yet no one knew who he really was, and most of all HOW EMPTY every one was when after Gatsby's death they left him alone in the tomb.
In my opinion, the movie and the book are brilliant. Though many may say that the movie brings no surprises since it's heavily based in the book, the amount of detail put into each prop, symbol, music choice and scene is incredible.
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The characters are believable, I specially love daisy's acting-- she looks so calm and innocent, and the way she speaks as if everything was a fairy tale. I definitely think that both the book and the movie are fun rides but they both have a different charm: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s vocabulary is so speckled and has such a particular way of writing.
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Just the opposite from the IA, society had a consumerism mentality and they didn't produce anything of value, instead, they thought selfishly and based their happiness on extrinsic desires. In a way, I'm glad that today people are still ambitious but they see the bigger picture and the American dream is slowly being redefined to it's roots, at least for some.