four texts- The great Gatsby, Winter Dreams, The Diamond as big as the ritz and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. ideas- illusion, male protagonist, the Daisy like character, inevitability of time
Everyone is striving for something that is greater than themselves, a better version of them or the lives they live. A dream, a hope, a goal to achieve- these are all measures of success that people aim and strive for in hope of self satisfaction and fulfilment. During the 1920’s in America it was a party scene where everyone desired money and status, and the perfect life style the American Dream stated. On the surface the American Dream looked like the perfect oasis of opportunity and flourishment but delve a little deeper and the poverty and F.Scott Fitzgerald uses the idea of illusion to portray a false perception of America to the viewers through the use of key characters and setting. The Great Gatsby, Winter dreams, …. and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button all show illusion as characters aspire to be someone or live a life that is greater than themselves.
Jay Gatsby came from a family with not much money but after meeting the wealthy Daisy Buchanan he strived for a lifestyle filled with luxury and fame. He moved to the prosperous West Egg where he built himself a new life filled with grand parties and exquisite activities, all in hope that one day Daisy would stumble upon his house and they could rekindle their love and his dream would be accomplished. he lived a life filled with riches and parties, where he built his lifestyle off a dream he promised to fulfil. He created an image of the ideal version of himself he wanted everyone to see and went through his life pretending to be someone he was not. the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan was what fuelled his need to hold up this illusion to the outside world and let his past become shrouded in a whirlwind of secrets and rumours. his entire life was an illusion as he created a new name, a new lifestyle and a new story to hide aspects of his life and lead everyone else astray. “so he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end”. by using the words invent it suggests that Jay Gatsby did in fact invent himself where he created the ideal version of himself he wanted to live by and wanted everyone else to see him as. As a 17 year old boy in the 1920’s, favourable attributes that he would’ve been looking for were fame, money, connections, and love, and those were exactly what his dream strived for. He became so attached to this illusion that it became his reality and this fake life was all he knew. “there must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion”. At first it started as a need for Daisy but as time progressed, Gatsby became so obsessed with Daisy and creating a life for them that the illusion he had created soon became what he depended on. His illusion and this lifestyle he desired had gotten out of hand where it was now so unrealistic and out of reach. the illusion that is shown throughout the Great Gatsby does not allow the characters to be shown as who they really are but merely just a version of who they want to be as they all strive towards personal accomplishment of the American Dream. Throughout the 1920’s
14 year old Dexter Green grew up with a solid middle class lifestyle where he lived comfortably but not rich. He spent his time caddying at the Sherry Island Golf Club to make a bit of extra pocket money where he had dreams and aspirations of becoming one of the golfs clubs most professional and esteemed members. One day he met Judy Jones where all of a sudden any previous ambitions for the future he had were no longer existent and his new goal and desire was becoming the kind of man that would fit perfectly into Judy Jones’ wealthy world. Winning Judy was the ultimate prize but in order to achieve his ambitions, becoming rich was a necessary element. Dexter had this belief in his head that Judy would be his and that once he was rich they would live a happy life together. He had this preconceived idea that with status and money the perfect life would follow.