The Valley Of Hope Essay

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“Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever” (Fitzgerald, 93). Set in the roaring 1920s, The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a terrific novel teeming with dreams, hopes, and carelessness. The parties, wealth, affairs, and misadventures create a heated and fast paced emotional ride for the characters of the novel; however this ride will disintegrate the hope in some of the characters’ hearts. The Great Gatsby contains visions of new beginnings and hopes but as time speeds on a new reality reveals a loss of hope and false hope.
In this novel there are many signs and cases of lost hope and false hope, one case is ...view middle of the document...

“He had discovered that Myrtle had some sort of life apart from him in another world, and the shock had made him physically sick” (124) and “while George Wilson rocked himself back and forth on the couch inside” (156). Also, Tom realizes that his control of his wife and mistress is gone and he will not be able to regain control over both. “His wife and mistress, until an hour ago secure and inviolate, were slipping precipitately from his control” (125). All of this sorrow and panic happen in the Valley of Ashes further adding to it being a land of lost hope.
Furthermore, Gatsby himself follows a false hope throughout the novel. The false hope is Gatsby’s dream of acceptance into the old money society and obtaining Daisy in every way possible. Gatsby never realized that he would never be accepted nor would he be able to have Daisy. “He knew he had a big future in front of him” (172) and “his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him” (180). Gatsby’s hope burned every night in the green light and remained as his source of hope until he...

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