As America’s most famous novel about the Roaring Twenties, The Great Gatsby helps to create an image of 1920s as a party ten years rank high in the list of eras to visit gives time-travel capabilities. The decade is now synonymous with flappers strips, hair bobbed, and bootleggers dignified, thanks in part to Fitzgerald in detail, though, eyewitness accounts drunk. But do not let all the alcohol cloud your thinking; as Fitzgerald says it, people in the twenties quite unhappy crew.
Just look at our narrator, Nick CARRAWAY. Nick presents himself as a neutral observer, but as the story progresses, his dear-diary-style criticism shows how little it respects everyone around him (except Gatsby, of course). Are fed up with “the whole damn bunch of them,” said the ultimate dumps his girlfriend, packs up and heads west to escape the wild party scene. To be fair, however, Nick may not be the best litmus test for happiness, considering the insane showdown he witnesses at the end of the novel. Let’s have a gander at the other main characters in The Great Gatsby -. In front of the ship, “borne back ceaselessly into the past,” really hit the spot
On top of the social totem pole Tom and Daisy Buchanan. From the perspective of an outsider, both are living the American Dream: they, good-looking couple wealthy, respected dream house with a bouncing baby girl. By the way, they also get abusive relationships, joyless cycle continues by severe dependence.
Tom’s the kind of guy who can not be bothered to show up to the birth of his kid himself but refuses to give up being a wife – he cheated on, by the way. On the other side of the winning combination is Daisy, the kind of woman who could have any man she wants but lacks self-esteem to apply that to anyone worth having. When Daisy Gatsby turned down and throw him to the wolves Tom, we decided pretty much that these two deserve each other.
Jordan Baker seems to be the only one in the upper crust of society who are not concerned with keeping up appearances. She worldly and difficult to cheat, which is very different to the needs of Tom and Daisy to deceive themselves and others. Acknowledging the game that is played means Jordan above it, however; ‘It just makes it a cynical, dishonest, and bored. So much for the truth will set you free.
Since living on top obviously does not make you happy, let’s look at the theme of dissatisfaction among characters in Great Gatsby “working class” end of the spectrum. George Myrtle Wilson and the relationship can be described as a mirror image of the dynamic between Tom and Daisy. George is a smart guy, really active caring for his wife. His reward? Myrtle sleeping around with Tom because George was too poor and effeminate for his taste. Yeah. Nothing says “real man” as an adulterer beats you up. And since the relationship ends in a gruesome murder-suicide-homicide, there’s not a whole lot of suspense in life-maybe-a-pick-up-some-day section.
This leaves only one character to consider: Jay Gatsby, the man himself. Is Gatsby happy? A more appropriate description of the man was “optimistic.” Or better yet, “he hopes up the wazoo.” The problem with optimism, however, is that, rather than applied as happiness, he predicts in the future happiness. Or, in case Gatsby is, happiness in the future that relies on recapturing happiness in the past that were interrupted by the current state of all boring.