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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2021, 4(9); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2021.040920.

An analysis of Gatsby's American Dream in the Great Gatsby from the perspective of Lukacs


Yuan Jiajia

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Yuan Jiajia

Southwest Minzu University, Chengdu, 610041, China


The Great Gatsby is one of greatest works of the American writer Fitzgerald.The novel reflects the flashy and restless America in the 1920s and it depicts that the protagonist Gatsby attempts to obtain material wealth through illegal means in order to recover the relations with his former lover Daisy, while the selfishness and shallowness of Daisy gives him a fatal blow ,and Gatsby's American Dream is shattered into pieces in the end. The author uses Gatsby's pursuit of the American Dream and the tragedy of the American Dream to mirror the cruelty of the society at that time, which also shows Gatsby's inevitable tragic ending under such indifferent social background. This paper tries to explain Gatsby's American dream from Lukacs' point of view, so that readers can understand Gatsby's tragedy from the perspective of social reality.


The Great Gatsby; The American Dream; Lukacs

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Yuan Jiajia. An analysis of Gatsby's American Dream in the Great Gatsby from the perspective of Lukacs. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2021) Vol. 4, Issue 9: 131-135. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2021.040920.


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