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Life and Work of Langston Hughes - Life and Work of Langston Hughes Early Years James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, on February 1, 1902, to James Nathaniel Hughes, a lawyer and businessman, and Carrie Mercer (Langston) Hughes, a teacher. The couple separated shortly thereafter. James Hughes was, by his son’s account, a cold man who hated blacks (and hated himself for being one), feeling that most of them deserved their ill fortune because of what he considered their ignorance and laziness. Langston’s youthful visits to him there, although sometimes for extended periods, were strained and painful....   [tags: Hughes Writer Poet Biography Essays Papers]
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The Great Depression and the New Deal - Great Depression The Great Depression and the New Deal In response to the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt was ready for action unlike the previous President, Hubert Hoover. Hoover allowed the country to fall into a complete state of depression with his small concern of the major economic problems occurring. FDR began to show major and immediate improvements, with his outstanding actions during the First Hundred Days. He declared the bank holiday as well as setting up the New Deal policy....   [tags: Great Depression] 986 words
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The Range of Devices Charles Dickens Uses to Engage the Reader in the Opening Chapter of Great Expectations - The Range of Devices Charles Dickens Uses to Engage the Reader in the Opening Chapter of Great Expectations Dickens has succeeded in gaining the reader's sympathy for pip in his first chapter by showing the imagination and desolation of this young childe4. In 'Great expectations' we are presented with a range of vividly drown characters in these opening chapters. The way Dickens describe the man "all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg" he is not wearing a hat which shows us that he is not respectable person and Dickens tells us that he has got great iron on his leg that tells us that he is prisoner and he is running away from prison....   [tags: Papers] 1092 words
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Gatsby's Undying Love for Daisy in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - “The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at some time…” (75) The Great Gatsby Love, love, love; the only thing everybody talks about. Every movie, every series, every story talks about how two people fall in love and live happily ever after. All stories get to the conclusion that the love the couple shared was unique and that the two lovers matched perfectly together. But what happens when two lovers do not belong to the same social class....   [tags: the great gatsby] 885 words
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Physical and Emotional Pain Depicted in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - I have read many books during my life. The Great Gatsby was the only novel that I found to be magnificent. F. Scott Fitzgerald has made me realize that there are many aspects in life that need to be taken seriously. The Great Gatsby has struck me emotionally as well as physically - it contains both physical and emotional pain. All of Fitzgerald's characters had a Dream, however, Jay Gatsby’s dream stood out above the others. Jay Gatsby was the only character throughout the whole novel that I found to experience both emotional and physical pain....   [tags: the great gatsby] 886 words
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The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby belongs to what Harold Bloom tags the “tomb” of literary archetypes, a family of fiction that espouses every facet of the expressive use of language (everything from Shakespeare’s plays to Dickens’ prose). As a participant in this tomb, The Great Gatsby has adopted a convenient persona in the world of twentieth century literature as “the great American novel,” a work that embodies the American thematic ideals of the self-made man, the great American character—Jay Gatsby....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald Papers]
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Great Expectations - A Cinderella Story - Great Expectations - A Cinderella Story In the profound novel, Great Expectations, written by Charles Dickens, the main character "Pip" is put through many tests that examine the type of man Pip strives to be and the type of man Pip really is. Pip's relationships with two central characters, Tom and Magwitch, are examined closely in this essay, and through these relationships, Pip's character is visible. Great Expectations is, in a sense, a Cinderella story in which Pip's fairy godmother turns out to be a convict running from the law....   [tags: Great Expectations] 1282 words
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The Great Gatsby - "Great Gatsby" is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which takes place in the early 1900's. This book consists of five main characters, Nick Carraway, Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and Jordan Baker. When I completed this novel, I came to a conclusion that this is a well - written book. The two main reasons that makes this novel so superior is that Fitzgerald writes from his personal experience and makes good use of his literary elements. Throughout this novel, Fitzgerald's life plays a major part in the scenes and in the story....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 450 words
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Dreams in The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald - Dreams in The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald A dream is an intangible paradise. In the heavenly world of a dream, all hopes are within reach, and time knows no defined direction. To dream is to believe in the existence of the limitless realm. To dream is to be consumed by the passion and beauty of life, for although a dream may never become a reality, the true substance of a dream is its place in the heart. Jay Gatsby is a dreamer. He believes that the future can return him to his past and to his love, Daisy....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]
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Pompey the Great - Over the years, there have been many heroes who have changed the world and our way of thinking. One of these many people was known as Pompey the Great. Although he stared his military career early he gained the respect of his people and was known for his great war tactics and politics. Through his many battles and political career, Pompey proved to be one of the greatest leaders of all time. Formally known as Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, Pompey The Great was born on September 29,106 BC. His father, Pompeius Strabo, was a well-known general and consul....   [tags: Pompey the Great, history, ] 796 words
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The Bildungsroman and Pip's Great Expectations - The Bildungsroman and Pip's "Expectations"      On the surface, Great Expectations appears to be simply the story of Pip from his early childhood to his early adulthood, and a recollection of the events and people that Pip encounters throughout his life. In other words, it is a well written story of a young man's life growing up in England in the early nineteenth century. At first glance, it may appear this way, an interesting narrative of youth, love, success and failure, all of which are the makings of an entertaining novel....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Cinematic Appropriations of The Great Gatsby - Cinematic Appropriations of The Great Gatsby       Although Paramount's 1974 version of The Great Gatsby - the one with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow - is probably the most famous, there have actually been six attempts to flatten Fitzgerald's novel into two dimensions.  The first was a silent film released in 1926.  The second version, with Alan Ladd as Gatsby, appeared in 1949.  Two television adaptations followed, one with Robert Montgomery in 1955 and the other with Robert Ryan in 1958.  The controversial 1974 adaptation rings in at number five.  The sixth version of Gatsby is slated to run on the A&E cable network early next year - Mira Sorvino will play Daisy and Toby Stephens will star as Gatsby.  Six!  All lacking.  All critical failures....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The Great Depression Essay - Many adolescents, In the Great Depression, received the full affects and suffered. Some were left hungry, impoverished, and hopeless, how are adolescents today compared. The 30’s were a time of great distress for many Americans. Events such as the stock market crash, an economy suffering from being inflated, overuse of credit, a farming crisis, and other events led America to the economic downfall known as the Great Depression. During the great depression, the unemployment was high, the wages were low, lines stretched around the city for food, families that lost their house had to live in makeshift homes in communities called hoovervilles, and children had to stop school to work for money....   [tags: The Great Depression ] 1059 words
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The Great Expectations of Human Nature - The Great Expectations of Human Nature Charles Dickens used Great Expectations as a forum for presenting his views of human nature. This essay will explore friendship, generosity, love, cruelty and other aspects of human nature presented by Dickens over 100 years ago. Friendship was one of the human characteristics Dickens enjoyed. Herbert was a true friend to Pip. Moving to London would have been stressful if Herbert had not eased Pip's transition into the city. Herbert informed Pip of Miss Havisham's story when no one else would tell it....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 883 words
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Writer's Memo - A note from the writer: For my rhetoric in practice, I chose to write a short story called The People of Lagga. This short story is a fantasy about a traveling elf that teaches people how to use magic to create sustainable gardens and forests. I chose to add fantastical elements to my story because it deals with our theme of Fantasy and Fairytales and the idea of using a fantasy realm to address issues in our own society. The topic of my story, sustainability and respect for nature, is inspired by the recent support the media has shown for sustainable lifestyles....   [tags: Writing Reflection] 844 words
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The Great Gatsby and the American Dream - Introduction F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby”, is one of the few novels he wrote in 1925. The novel takes place during the 1920’s following the 1stwWorld War. It is written about a young man named Nick, from the east he moved to the west to learn about the bond business. He ends up moving next to a mysterious man named Gatsby who ends up giving him the lesion of his life. After love circles with Gatsby and his cousin Daisy, lastly Jordan and gossip resulting with killings end up discussed over his experience resulting going back east....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1228 words
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The Grand Illusion in The Great Gatsby - The American dream is a farce. Hopeful American children and quixotic foreigners believe that freedom will lead to prosperity, and that prosperity will bring happiness. This anticipation of joy will never come to fruition, and all these unfortunate people will feel that they were cheated out of happiness by some unlucky roll of dice, but really they have been chasing cars, because the American dream is not something one can truly capture, but only smoke trapped in the palm of a hand. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby’s lavish parties, characterized by music, dancing, and illegal alcohol, are a representation of the corruption of society’s values, and are filled with guests only concerned with material things as they step further and further away from the moral values that once dictated the lives of those before them....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 827 words
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Lies and Deciet in The Great Gatsby - Lying has deadly effects on both the individual who lies and those around them. This concept is demonstrated in The Great Gatsby. Although Gatsby, Tom and Myrtle have different motives for being deceitful, they all lie in order to fulfill their desires and personal needs. Myrtle’s desire to be wealthy is illustrated when she first meets Tom, dressed in his expensive clothing, as her attitude changes when she puts on the luxurious dress and when she encourages Tom to buy her a dog. Tom’s deception is clear when he hides his affair with Myrtle by placing Myrtle in a different train, withholding the truth from Mr....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1131 words
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Dishonesty in The Great Gatsby - Lies are a treacherous thing, yet everyone tells one at least at one point in their lifetime. Deceit is surrounding us all the time; even when one reads classic literature. For example, F. Scott Fitzgerald makes dishonesty a major theme in his novel The Great Gatsy. The falsehoods told by the characters in this novel leads to inevitable tragedy when the truth is revealed. Jay Gatsby, one of the main characters in the novel, fails to realize that when one tells a lie, it comes back to bite you. For example, he initially tells his neighbor, and potential friend Nick, that he had inherited his redundant sums of money from his family....   [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 - "No— Gatsby turned out all right in the end. It is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men." When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote these words in The Great Gatsby in 1925, he perfectly described the human struggle of the time. This was, by no means, accidental--for Fitzgerald wrote meticulously and very rarely did he leave a line unrevised. No— Fitzgerald knew what he was doing; he was, in two sentences, criticizing American society like no one else had....   [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 - F. Scott Fitzgerald presents a scathing critique of upper class privilege in The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby’s library in particular, illustrates his fundamental misunderstanding of the self-perpetuating class society in 1920s America. It is a novel about surveillance: the ruling class constantly monitors the system; Gatsby is identified as the usurping “Other” who threatens their status, and must be put back in his rightful place. Gatsby equates appearance with reality, presenting himself as upper class is just as real as being upper class....   [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 - A dream is a deep ambition and desire for something; everybody tries to reach their dreams no matter how far away they may seem. The characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories strive for nothing less than “The Great American Dream”. This is the need to be the best of the best, top of the social ladder, and to be happier and more successful than anyone has been before. Fitzgerald writes about this American Dream that every character has but can never achieve; the dream is kept unattainable due to obstacles, the disadvantages of being low on the social ladder, and also the restrictions of having a high social status....   [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 characters who 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 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] 1096 words
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A Comprehensive Examination of The Far-Reaching Effects of The Great Depression - The Depression affected the varying economic and social classes in different ways. The experience of the Depression obviously had a negative impact on the country as a whole but some groups of society were still able to flourish. In addition to economic and social class, geographic location also played a role in experience of Americans during the Depression. Those unlucky citizens that lived in the Great Plains states were also dealing with the effects of the Dust Bowl during this time. Some citizens were lucky enough to find themselves working in Depression proof jobs such as the cigarette and shoe manufacturing industries (Kennedy, p....   [tags: The Great Depression]
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