How is "The Great Gatsby" a satire?

1 Answer
Apr 3, 2017

It criticizes the "roaring twenties" and it can be considered a satire of the American Dream.


In Fitzgerald's novel, Gatsby is a well-to-do individual who rose from humble social background, he is therefore the archetype of horatio Alger's self-made man.

Nevertheless, Gatsby's tragic end and the dishonest means through which he became rich( i.e bootlegging) actually convey the idea that the American Dream is a myth and Fitzgerald's vision is therefore very pessimistic.