The last and greatest of all human dreams;
As stated the previously at the beginning of this paragraph, there is a connection between the settling of the colonies of the Americas and the great dream of Gatsby which is explored by an evaluation of the term “The American Dream” as reflected in this novel. The result of the Dutch colonization of the Americas at the beginning of the 1600’s was the extermination of native tribes and the destruction of the natural beauty of formerly fertile land.
Clearly, the Dutch had a “dream” to conquer new land and claim it for their country in a time of rapid colonization of newly discovered territories, but what they failed to take into account was the fact that their dream would so quickly be corrupted thereafter upon this new discovery. If we are to continue later into American history the era of slavery and the civil rights movement of the 1950s further solidifies this corruption.
African American Slavery
Civil Rights Movement (March on Washington)
This demoralized dream connects to the phrase “the last and greatest of all human dreams” with regards to Gatsby’s inability to reach his ultimate “American Dream” or position at the top of the social hierarchy (Fitzgerald 180). The word “last” illustrates the corruption of Gatsby’s dream, however, by something he could not control, and emphasizes the impact or the “greatness” that Gatsby’s dream had on the way he lived his life.
Gatsby’s death scene
This phrase has a direct connection to the Dutch’s destruction of all dreamlike and genial elements of their dream of new discovery so much so that it failed to reflect the delight of success even though it was destined to be great.
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