The failure of the 'American Dream' in the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Tobias Bumm

The failure of the 'American Dream' in the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

byTobias Bumm

Kobo ebook | February 4, 2005

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Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Stuttgart, 29 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: 1. Introduction [...] I rather want to take it up here again, since it is the melting pot of all of Fitzgerald's work as an author. After that I will proceed with his first successful novel 'This Side Of Paradise', a piece of work that made him an instant success in the U.S.A. in the 1920s and that got him a lot of critical acclaim all over the nation. [...] What these three novels have in common is that on their outset, the protagonists seem to have a great future ahead of them or at least think they do. It is not before a certain point of the books that the readers realize that the characters' version and vision of the American Dream or of their lives and what they think it should be like, has to fail in the end. How do they want to achieve wealth and a better status in society has to be explored and explained. Another point will be, how their strife is conducted and why it finally has to fail and why they cannot succeed in what they do and what kinds of obstacles society puts in their way. I will take a close look at the protagonists' zeals and at their struggle to achieve what they want and at their failure to do so. The examination will mostly take place from a literary standpoint. Since this is a thesis in American literature, I will focus on how the respective piece of literature is made and not so much on the historical context. The latter one will only be used to make certain passages of the respective novel clear and lucid. The main spot is focussed on F. Scott Fitzgerald's construction of the American Dream and its final failure in his works. In order to make my points clear, I will mostly use the method of Deconstruction, i.e., I will stay very closely to the respective text and interpret it. This method is very suitable for me to state my case on certain parts of the text to make clear in what way the protagonists' strife for their version of the American Dream fails. It furthermore allows me to show the connections between the meaning of the novels and the way they were constructed by the author. This link is very important for Fitzgerald's works since he used a lot of symbols in his novels to make them more interesting and to breathe life into them, in order to attract the readers' attention.

Title:The failure of the 'American Dream' in the works of F. Scott FitzgeraldFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 4, 2005Publisher:GRIN PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3638346668

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