International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Death of the Idealized Romantic Love Dream in the Great Gatsby: A Synchronized Image with the Funeral Scene
Baker M. Bani-Khair, Imad M. Khawaldeh, Nisreen Al-khawaldeh, Mohammad Ababneh, Nazmi Alshalabi

Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a tremendous novel that suggests many themes as it always strikes the sentimental and emotional side of the reader. However, in this paper, we focus on the idea of idealized love as an essential drive and motif that keeps Gatsby, the major character, following his romantic dream as part of a larger framework within the social background and context of the modern American dream which the novel covers during the era of the roaring twenties of the last century. Therefore, we focus here on the idea of the death of Gatsby's romantic dream which has lost its glamorous side in a greedy and materialistic society. The death of the idealized love dream is noticeable when we look at the synchronized image of love with Gatsby’s funeral scene. In other words, Gatsby’s dream of love symbolizes the death of love itself. His love towards Daisy and his affinity and admiration of her seems too much idealized, and, therefore, futile, and unreal.

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