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The Great Gatsby and the American Dream - ... He didn’t value anything but Daisy since the reason for everything he did was for her. It only leaves to question to whether he really loved her or wanted her wealth or maybe just even the accomplishment of having her. For all we can know Daisy could just be trophy toward Gatsby and her husband Tom since they never considered her opinion as if she was an object. On the other hand, we had Nick chasing his American dream of learning the bond business. Through the process he fell for Jordan and was the observer of Gatsby’s life, which just caused him to go back home....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1228 words
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The Grand Illusion in The Great Gatsby - ... At one of Gatsby’s parties that is attended by Nick, the narrator, he is “struck by the number of young Englishmen dotted around; all well dressed, all looking a little hungry, and all talking in low, earnest voices to prosperous Americans” (Fitzgerald 42). When Nick sees all these foreign men he is “sure that they were selling something: bonds or insurance or automobiles. They were at least agonizingly aware of the easy money in the vicinity and convinced that it was theirs for a few words in the right key” (Fitzgerald 42)....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 827 words
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Lies and Deciet in The Great Gatsby - ... It’s a triumph. What thoroughness. What realism. Knew when to stop, too – didn’t cut the pages. ( Fitzgerald 47) Gatsby’s books symbolize intelligence and education. This outlines the issue of appearance versus reality which is explored in The Great Gatsby. The truth is the books have never been read; Gatsby just wants to appear as an educated man. Much like anything else in Gatsby’s life, what is important is the façade he projects. Gatsby is willing to distort his past in order to win over Daisy....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1131 words
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Dishonesty in The Great Gatsby - ... Even critics say “Gatsby's attempts to attain an ideal of himself and then to put this ideal to the service of another ideal, romantic love, are attempts to rise above corruption in all its forms” (Hermanson 1). In other words, Hermanson is saying Gatsby tries to cover up his offences with the justification that he cheated for passion Lying did not get Gatsby anywhere, though. Even through all that merciless, perilous, corrupt work to get Daisy back for a split second, she still runs off with Tom to live happily ever after....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]
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A Critical Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - A Critical Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a universal and timeless literary masterpiece. Fitzgerald writes the novel during his time, about his time, and showing the bitter deterioration of his time. A combination of the 1920s high society lifestyle and the desperate attempts to reach its illusionary goals through wealth and power creates the essence behind The Great Gatsby. Nick Carraway, the narrator, moves to a quaint neighborhood outside of New York City called West Egg; his distant cousin and his former colleague, Daisy and Tom, live in a physically identical district across the bay called East Egg....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1545 words
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Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald - Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald The 1920s is the decade in American history known as the “roaring twenties.” Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is a reflection of life in the 1920s. Booming parties, prominence, fresh fashion trends, and the excess of alcohol are all aspects of life in the “roaring twenties.”      The booming parties in Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby reflect life in America during the 1920s. Gatsby displays his prominent fortune by throwing grand parties. From next door, Nick Carraway witnesses the scene of Gatsby’s fabulous summer parties: There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights....   [tags: Great Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald Essays] 1114 words
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Dust in The Great Gatsby - In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald incorporates many different themes, but the most prevalent message is that of the impossibility of the American Dream. Fitzgerald writes of two types of people: those who appear to have the ideal life and those who are still trying to achieve their dreams. Tom and Daisy are two characters who seem to have it all: a nice house, a loving spouse, a beautiful child, and plenty of money (Fitzgerald 6; ch. 1). However, neither of them is happy, and both end up having affairs....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Great Expectations By Charles Dickens - Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Charles Dickens makes this extract memorable and significant as it is the first time Pip, a working class boy from the forge, meets Miss Havisham and Estella who are going to have an important and significant affect on his life. Pip is invited to Miss Havisham's residence Statis house. This is important as he doesn't know why he was invited and before he goes he is told there may be something in this for him. The reader knows this might be true due to the title of the play "Great Expectations" Dickens makes Pip's first encounter with Miss Havisham and Estella at Statis House a significant and memorable point in the novel in a number of ways....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays] 1906 words
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Misery in The Great Gatsby's American Dream - ... Eckleburg to accentuate America's blindness. America is not only blind, but also near-sighted; America lives for today, for pleasure and prodigality. She cannot see past her insatiable thirst for the sensuous, she lives for the satisfaction of her appetites and how can she not. How can she see if all is covered by ashes, by the corruption of man, the aftermath of a great war. America is as blind as the reality she lives in is distorted. It is this subsequent chaos, this deviation form a value system, that Fitzgerald aims to treat with his book....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 2026 words
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Summary and Analysis of Dickens' Great Expectations - Great Expectations is a comprehensive novel written by Charles Dickens and shows a moral development of a child. Pip, the main character in the story, is a young orphaned child that lives with his sister and her husband, Joe. He is raised and spends his childhood in the area with Joe, his acquaintance. On a special day, Uncle Pumblechook takes Pip to go play at Miss Havisham’s house. Miss Havisham is very eccentric as she keeps all the clocks in her house kept at the same time and still wears her old wedding dress....   [tags: Great Expectations] 559 words
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... However, they more subtly imply surveillance: like an x-ray, he sees right through the façade of Gatsby’s library. The man repeatedly exclaims that the books are real, “have pages and everything. I thought they’d be a nice durable cardboard” (52). The fact this man even contemplated, much more assumed, the books to be counterfeit indicates that Gatsby is not alone in portraying himself to be of a higher station than he was born, and that there is always someone keeping a watchful eye on any notable person’s projection of identity....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]
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Hamlet's Themes Revived in Great Expectations - Hamlet's Themes Revived in Great Expectations        Many of Hamlet's themes are revived in the text of Great Expectations. Charles Dickens creates characters and plots that are intertextually linked with the elements of the fatherly ghost and revenge in Hamlet. Pip chronicles his quest for self-discovery and establishing and/or diminishing his relationships with fatherly figures. In doing so he, much like Hamlet, is challenged by situations filled with revenge and dauntless ghosts. By Dickens integrating the Hamlet motif into Great Expectations, he promotes the reader's understanding of the dominant themes and message of Pip's tragedy, which directly correlate to the character of Prince Hamlet....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Magwitch's Manipulations of Pip in Great Expectations - Magwitch's Manipulations of Pip in Great Expectations        In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens criticizes the motivation of the lower classes to rise to the level of wealth and education held by the upper classes by showing the extent to which Pip is exploited by Magwitch to meet these goals. To meet the expectations of the gentleman, Pip must leave his family and any possibility of earning his living in order to satisfy the educational and societal demands of this standard. Magwitch, a social deviant, hopes to prove his viability by using his unfortunate circumstances to produce a gentleman entirely by his own effort....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Use of Blacksmithing Language in Great Expectations - Use of Blacksmithing Language in Great Expectations       Charles Dickens unified his novel Great Expectations through the prevalence of blacksmith characters and his repetitive use of blacksmithing language. The main character, Pip, grows up at a forge and during his time there learns that language. During his time in London, Pip becomes able to apply that terminology to the world outside of the forge. Pip repeatedly links together information and then forges connections to make sense of the world around him....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Throughout time and space the world has seen many writers that have altered life as we know it. The world continues to change as an ever shifting ball of culture and intellect. Man's history has given us writers like Shakespeare, who is still misunderstood to this day, and Homer, a man that has many Americans thinking of a cartoon character with the a lack of intelligence. Francis Scott Fitzgerald is far from one of these gentlemen, or ladies, that have changed the way we think....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald] 1400 words
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The Great Gatsby and the Great Depression - The Great Gatsby and the Great Depression       When F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925, it was impossible for him to predict that only four years later his story would be enacted in real-life during the Great Depression.  There are many prophetic symbols in the novel that tie The Great Gatsby and the Great Depression together.               The twenties was a decade full of new financial opportunities in a society unable to adopt so much so quickly.  All of the new possibilities, such as credit and loans, led to greater debts and bigger holes to fill.  Society began getting too deeply in debt and was becoming increasingly unable to get itself out.  So, they began searching for alternate means of wealth.  One extremely enticing instrument was the ever-growing stock market.  Many people bought stocks low, hoping to sell high when the market peaked.  But, as confidence in the stock market's "devotion" to buyers faltered, stockholders began selling as fast as they could.  In turn, this rapid selling of stocks lead to the crash in 1929.  Gatsby, like a stockholder put all of his "wealth" into Daisy.  She was his only hope to escape his "impoverished" past, so Gatsby was left with no choice but to put all of his money into her (like the people of the twenties did with the stock market).  When Gatsby and Daisy confronted Tom in the city that hot summer day, Daisy's devotion to Gatsby faltered like the stock market's "devotion" to the stockholders.  Gatsby didn't "sell his stock," though.  He held out for the "market" to go back up, although after the all-night vigil at Daisy's house he clung to his lasting bit of faith that it really would.  Although Gatsby didn't live to know it, he was right.  By Daisy not coming to Gatsby's funeral, it shows that she plummeted and took a long time to recover, as did the stock market during The Great Depression....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Causes of the Great Depression - In the 1920s, American economy had a great time. The vast majority of Americans in 1929 foresaw a continuation of the dizzying economic growth that had taken place in most of the decade. However, the prices of stock crested in early September of 1929. The price of stock fell gradually during most of September and early October. On “Black Tuesday” 29 October 1929, the stock market fell by forty points. After that, a historically great and long economic depression started and lasted until the start of the Second World War....   [tags: great depression, USA, history, ] 653 words
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Henry David Thoreau: Great Influence to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - I strongly believe that just as Henry David Thoreau was greatly influenced by the writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, (who introduced Thoreau to the ideas of transcendentalism) Martin Luther King, Jr.'s thinking was greatly influenced by that of Thoreau's. He was most probably influenced more by India's Mahatma Gandhi; however, Gandhi's principles were mainly based on those of Thoreau. Though Thoreau lived more than 100 years before the time of King, his thinking remained an influential legacy. They each wrote based on contemporary events that had been going on in their particular time, pursuing the same type of objective: equality and justice among mankind....   [tags: Philosophy] 622 words
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Three Versions of the Great Flood - Just about everyone has heard a story about the Great Flood. Where you live and your religious beliefs impacts which myth you’ve heard. They all have the same basis; mankind is going to be destroyed because of their sins, a man is told to build an Ark, which he does, sacrifices to birds searching for dry land and ends up saving mankind and gaining immortality. Although the basis of every story is the same, they have their differences. I will be comparing three versions of the Great Flood, the Sumerian flood myth, the Babylonian flood myth and the version told in the Bible....   [tags: Great Flood, Flood, sources,] 943 words
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The Ingredients of the Great Depression - The Great Depression originated in the United States with the stock market crash on October 29, 1929. The depression was the biggest economic fall in American’s history. This crash stretched throughout the globe and affected the rich as well as the poor. There were many causes that assisted in bringing the depression into existence. However one of the main causes was the disproportionate riches during the nineteen-twenties. The gap between the rich and the working class people was the enlarged industrialize production during this period....   [tags: Great Depression, USA, history,] 539 words
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The Ending of "The Great Gatsby" - The Great Gatsby tells a story of eight people during the summer of 1922 from the observation of Nick Carraway. It's a story about trying to achieve the unattainable, deceit, and tragedy. It takes place around the character Jay Gatz who becomes Jay Gatsby in an attempt to change his persona and attract his long lost love, Daisy. In Nick's telling of the story, Nick and everyone who knew Gatsby, thought he was great. Gatsby threw lavish parties at his beautiful mansion every weekend. He had money, even though no one really seemed to know how he made his money....   [tags: Great Gatsby, Endings, ] 522 words
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Great Gatsby Book Review - Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1995. A seemingly easy read, The Great Gatsby has won over critics around the world, and rightfully so, has become one of today's greatest classics due to its complex literary content. The narrator of the novel, Nick Carraway, grew up in the Midwestern United States and went to school at Yale University. Returning home after traveling a great deal, he is discontent and decides to move to the East in 1922, renting a house in Long Island's West Egg section....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald Book Review Great Gatsby] 944 words
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The Impossible American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - ... After many years, no matter how he changes, Dexter’s dreams remain the same; deep down he wants the pretty, sweet Judy Jones. When he returns to where she lives, a man tells him that she has changed and begun to “fade”, her stunning beauty becoming no more. Thinking he was over his need for Judy, hearing about her misfortune makes him realize “[His] dream [is] gone. Something [was being] taken from him…[what he had dreamed] of no longer exists in the world” (“Winter Dreams” 254). The change in Judy makes his goals no longer something he has to fight for, making his possibility of success and happiness that much more unattainable....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby] 1258 words
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Darwinism in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Darwinism in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Few people argue that Great Expectations, one of Dickens’s later novels, is a Darwinian work. Goldie Morgentaler, in her essay “Meditating on the Low: A Darwinian Reading of Great Expectations,” is one of those few. She argues primarily that Darwin’s Origin of the Species was a major topic of discussion in Dickens’s circle at the time he wrote Great Expectations, and that Great Expectations “marks the first time that Dickens jettisons heredity as a determining factor in the formation of the self” (Morgentaler, 708)....   [tags: Darwin Great Expectations Dickens Essays]
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The Great Gatsby Essay: The Great Gatsby is Not So Great - The Great Gatsby is Not The novel has no plot to mention. ... The book is highly sensational, loud, blatant, ugly, pointless. There seems to be no reason for its existence Harvey Eagleton (Dallas Morning News, May 10, 1925). F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is an absurd story, whether considered as romance, melodrama, or plain record of New York high life.  The occasional insights into character stand out as very green oases on an arid desert of waste paper.  Throughout the first half of the book the author shadows his leading character in mystery, but when in the latter part he unfolds his life story it is difficult to find the brains, the cleverness, and the glamour that one might expect of a main character....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 505 words
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Analysis of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Analysis of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens, the revolutionary 19th century novelist, wrote a bildungsroman of Phillip Pirrip (Pip) and the reality of his own “Great Expectations” in his pursuit to become a gentleman. In Chapter 8, the reader is introduced to Miss Havisham and Estella and this is where Pip first becomes dissatisfied with the life at the forge. There were many writers in Dickens’ day whose works are no longer read; this is possibly because Dickens did something idiosyncratically different from his contemporaries....   [tags: Great Expectations Charles Dickens Essays] 5959 words
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The Use of Imagery and Irony in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby has been around for ages; it is a story of a young man in the 1920’s who is thrown into a new world made up of the new and the old rich. He is confused by the way these people act and in the end cannot stay another minute in this strange, insensitive, materialistic world. The author, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses many techniques to help the reader understand how Nick Carraway (the narrator) is feeling throughout the story. In the book The Great Gatsby, the author F. Scott Fitzgerald uses effective language to make his writing successful....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1117 words
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Social Class Distinction in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Have you ever thought of how social and economic classes work into a capitalist system. Marxists believe that different social and economic classes should be equal. In the book the “Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald these classes are very much defined and show the flaws and reality of how social and economic classes are viewed through Marxists. Viewing the classes through vulgar Marxists the characters attempting to climb social and economical ladders in the book are not accepted and rejected from upper class individuals....   [tags: the great gatsby] 774 words
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Exploring the Characters of Havisham and Magwich in Dickens' Great Expectations - Dickens seems to develop the characters so they are so compelling that the reader needs to know what’s going to happen next... When we first met Magwich he seems to be a nasty and manipulative convict, bullying a small, naive little boy called Pip for basic food supply’s of which he is lacking, shortly after Pip meets him again but your opinion of Magwich changes entirely he defends Pip of the stealing actions he bullied him into. Then he is unthought-of for some time in the book until he appears again after Pips transformation from young lower class boy to a gentleman....   [tags: great expectations] 1040 words
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A Comprehensive Examination of The Far-Reaching Effects of The Great Depression - ... In other cases, it prevented marriages from ending as couples felt trapped in their marriage just so they could survive. Some men felt helpless and powerless as they were no longer able to care for their family as they had when they were employed. Women often lost their jobs first as companies and the government attempted to keep the heads of the household employed (Kennedy, p. 164). Those who decided to accept federal aid often felt a mark of shame which no doubt resulted in loss of self-esteem and respect....   [tags: The Great Depression]
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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby - Since Columbus made land, people have been searching for the “American Dream”. Many people have their own idea and ideas that have changed over a period of time, but what exactly is the “American Dream” defined as .Origins of the dream have been rooted in the pioneering mentality of the eighteenth and nineteenth century immigrants, most who came to America because of a promise for a new and better life. The American Dream was sought through hard work and determination. After the time of the World Wars, society changed and so did the view of the “American Dream”, it changed from a potential reality into being a dream....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1253 words
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Hope and the American Dream Portrayed in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - “The Great Gatsby”, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays a world filled with rich societal happenings, love affairs, and corruption. Nick Carraway is the engaged narrator of the book, a curious choice considering that he is in a different class and almost in a different world than Gatsby and the other characters. Nick relates the plot of the story to the reader as a member of Gatsby’s circle. He has ambivalent feelings towards Gatsby, despising his personality and corrupted dream but feeling drawn to Gatsby’s magnificent capacity to hope....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1701 words
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Great Gatsby’s Commentary on the American Dream - ... In the Buchanan household, which has been relocated several times to escape the bad publicity wrought by affairs, this kind of behavior is to be expected, showing how even the educated upper class is unable to escape the corruption of America, and what it stands for. The general lack of concern for affairs continues when Gatsby believes that he can turn back the clock and rekindle what he and Daisy once had. Gatsby not only hopes that Daisy will wait for him, but expects it, scoffing at Nick’s assertion that things have changed over time, and that Daisy is now married and a with a child and therefore uninterested in him: “Can’t repeat the past?...Why of course you can!” (116)....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1268 words
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The Great Gatsby: American Dream or American Nightmare? - ... The rope ultimately snaps when Gatsby pressures Daisy to say that she never loved Tom, her husband, and only loved Gatsby. She wails and protests, that Gatsby “wants too much” and that she can never live up to his dreams of her (134). Because Gatsby had dreamed of her for so many years, he set an illusion of what Daisy should be like in his eyes. The dreams are too difficult for Daisy to meet and she soon collapses under the weight of the pressure, thus shattering his whole dream. By living in a world of illusion, Gatsby does not see that he brought this onto himself by expecting too much for something that very could happen....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1452 words
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Fear of Intimacy in Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - ... Tom’s division of time between the two allows him to refrain from reaching any significant level of emotional intimacy with either woman. This suits Tom just fine since, being the chauvinist that he is, he treats relationships with women more as a status symbol than a legitimate romantic connection. Daisy, on the other hand, seems at first as though she truly does love and care for her husband. While Tom keeps himself at a distance in both relationships, Daisy seems to possess an outright need for his company....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 875 words
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Use Of Symbolism In The Catcher In The Rye and The Great Gatsby - Use Of Symbolism In “The Catcher In The Rye” and “The Great Gatsby” There are many writers like James Joyce, Patrick Kananach and Thomas Moore who use symbolism to convey and support indirect meaning in their writings. J.D. Salinger and F. Scott Fitzgerald both use symbolism in similar ways. In both “The Catcher In The Rye” and “The Great Gatsby”, the authors used symbolism to convey emotions and reality.      In “The Catcher In The Rye”, J.D. Salinger uses Holden’s red hunting cap, the exhibits at the Museum of Natural History and “kings in the back row” as symbols whose meanings help tell the story....   [tags: Catcher In the Rye Great Gatsby] 802 words
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Nick Carraway as Honest Liar in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Nick Carraway as Honest Liar in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby        "Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known" (Fitzgerald Gatsby 64). So writes Nick Carraway in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, characterizing himself in opposition to the great masses of humanity as a perfectly honest man. The honesty that Nick attributes to himself must be a nearly perfect one, by dint of both its rarity and its "cardinal" nature; Nick asserts for himself that he is among the most honest people he has ever encountered....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald ]
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The American Dream in Citizen Kane and The Great Gatsby - The United States of America is the most powerful and wealthy country in the world. The varieties of class, individuality, religion, and race are a few of the enrichments within the "melting pot" of our society. The blend of these numerous diversities is the crucial ingredient to our modern nation. Even though America has been formed upon these diversities, its inhabitants- the "average American"- have a single thing in common; a single idea; a single goal; the American Dream....   [tags: Citizen Kane, The Great Gatsby] 2279 words
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Alexander the Great - Alexander the Great Alexander accomplished greater deeds than, not only of the kings who had lived before him but also of those who were to come later down to our time .Alexander the Great was born at Pella Macedonia in 356 B.C.E. He spent his childhood years watching his father transforming Macedonia into a great military power. His Father was King Phillip and his mother was Olympias. His mother was the princes of neighboring Epirus. She was a deeply spiritual who taught her son about his ancestors such as Achilles and Hercules....   [tags: History Biography Alexander Great] 1011 words
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The Great Departure - The Great Departure Daniel Smith’s, The Great Departure illustrates very well the United State’s evolution from a traditionally isolationist nation to an interventionist nation. WWI literally dragged the U.S. out of its isolationist shell and placed the U.S. at the forefront of international politics. The pressure to join WWI was resisted greatly by the Wilson administration and the country as a whole. Smith does an excellent job at presenting the factors that influenced the U.S. to enter the war and at conveying the mind set of American leaders during this time and the issues they faced pertaining to the war....   [tags: Great Departure Essays] 1248 words
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Alexander The Great - Alexander the Great On July twentieth, 356 B.C. Alexander the Great was born. His Father was Philip, the King of Macedonia. His mother was Olympia, daughter of the late King Epirus. Alexander was quite mature for his age. At 13 he started learning from Aristotle, he was trained with other children. It was at this time that he met Hephastion, his future best Friend. Aristotle gave Alexander training in rhetoric and literature and sparked his Interest in science, medicine, and philosophy, all which became important later In his life....   [tags: Alexander Great Biography History] 708 words
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Catherine The Great - Sophia Frederika-Augusta, later known as Catherine, was born on May 2, 1729 in the Baltic seaport town of Stettin, then part of German Pomerania. She was born into the Anhalt- Zerbst family, one of the poorest and most obscure of all the German princely families. Her father, Christian Augusta, did not become the reigning prince of Zerbst until Catherine was thirteen years old. In 1743, at the age of fifteen, Catherine's mother, Johanna, found her a husband. She was to marry Grand Duke Peter III of Holstein, he was sixteen....   [tags: Biography Russia Catherine Great] 1808 words
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Distortion of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby - In the past the American Dream was an inspiration to many, young and old. To live out the American Dream was what once was on the minds of many Americans, however soon afterward those same dreams were twisted with corruption. In The Great Gatsby, the American Dream was presented as a corrupted version of what used to be a pure and honest ideal way to live. The idea that the American Dream was about the wealth and the possessions one had been ingrained, somehow, into the minds of Americans during the 1920’s....   [tags: Essays on The Great Gatsby] 2521 words
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A Writer's Choice - A Writer's Choice "The words we use to communicate our impressions cannot alone constitute a vocabulary sufficient to describe style, but they are part of one…" (Williams 18-19). This excerpt from Joseph M. Williams' Style Toward Clarity and Grace conveys a common theme in his book: Style is complex, and it is a matter of choice. Although writers across the nation may have been taught similar features of style and therefore produce similar products, they may choose to use or disregard those elements of style at will....   [tags: Writing Style Styles Essays]
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A Changing Era of Religion in "The Great Gatsby" - World War I brought new views on religion to the United States, it ended just before the 1920s so these views were carried over. Some turned to god, while others turned away. Morals were changing in that people spent their time and money on completely different things now. Religion had been the basis of many people’s lives before this, making this way of thinking and acting brand new. In The Great Gatsby, Doctor T. J. Eckleburg’s eyes symbolize god and how traditional religion and morality are sinking away from everyday life....   [tags: Great Gatsby, religion,] 654 words
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Man dreams of living the life of the elite social class and of the power and admiration inherent within. F. Scott Fitzgerald comes to terms with this American dream in The Great Gatsby, a novel about social life in the 1920’s. The social hierarchy of the times plays a very important role in this novel. Here Fitzgerald illustrates three specific social classes: old money, new money, and lower class, with old money and new money taking center stage. Gatsby himself personifies new money; he made himself into a rich man through shady dealings....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]
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The Great Gatsby is No Love Story - The Great Gatsby is No Love Story       Many argue that F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is an example of the "great American love story", but it is not. The Great Gatsby is not a tale about perfect love; it is a tale of love and lust corrupting individuals in their lives, and of an American dream that is never fulfilled. Throughout the story, we follow multiple relationships, but focus is on the single relationship between Gatsby and Daisy. This relationship, however, fails to fulfill many requirements that would make it a true love story, and thus, while some hardship is to be expected, this relationship encounters an excessive amount....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The Ironic Title of The Great Gatsby - The Ironic Title of The Great Gatsby      Titling is a very important part of the fiction-writing process. It is important for authors to be careful in choosing their titles because the titles often can have great influence on certain aspects of the story. In the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the title was formulated with the intention of heightening characterization through the use of irony. When readers start to read this novel, they immediately see a man who seems very glamorous and powerful while they have already been predisposed to seeing him in an alluring light due to the book's title....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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A Freudian Reading of The Great Gatsby - A Freudian Reading of The Great Gatsby       F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby is generally regarded as an excellent novel which expresses much more than the superficial plot. The Great Gatsby could be, however, more complex than the average reader might imagine. The Great Gatsby is often interpreted as the corruption of the American Dream. In this framework, the Buchanans are viewed as the example of irresponsibility and degradation, and Gatsby the embodiment of idealism and sentimentality....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Spiritual Shallowness in The Great Gatsby - Spiritual Shallowness in The Great Gatsby The American Dream was based on the assumption that each person, no matter what his origins, could succeed in life on the sole basis of his or her own skill and effort. The dream was embodied in the ideal of the self-made man. The Great Gatsby is a novel about what happened to the American dream in the 1920s, a period when the old values that gave substance to the dream had been corrupted by the vulgar pursuit of wealth. Spiritual shallowness is portrayed in The Great Gatsby through the characters' pursuit of power and pleasure, the character groupings and images and the forgotten past....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 705 words
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