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Destruction and Failure of a Generation in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby and the Destruction of a Generation      The beauty and splendor of Gatsby's parties masks the decay and corruption that lay at the heart of the Roaring Twenties. The society of the Jazz Age, as observed by Fitzgerald, is morally bankrupt, and thus continually plagued by a crisis of character. Jay Gatsby, though he struggles to be a part of this world, remains unalterably an outsider. His life is a grand irony, in that it is a caricature of Twenties-style ostentation: his closet overflows with custom-made shirts; his lawn teems with "the right people," all engaged in the serious work of absolute triviality; his mannerisms (his false British accent, his old-boy friendlines...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Moral Destruction In The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby: The Destruction of Morals In The Great Gatsby, the author F. Scott Fitzgerald shows the destruction of morals in society. The characters in this novel, all lose their morals in attempt to find their desired place in the social world. They trade their beliefs for the hope of being acceptance. Myrtle believes she can scorn her true social class in an attempt to be accepted into Ton's, Jay Gatsby who bases his whole life on buying love with wealth, and Daisy, who instead of marrying the man she truly loves, marries someone with wealth....   [tags: essays research papers] 892 words
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Failure and Destruction of a Romantic Ideal in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby and the Destruction of a Romantic Ideal      In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of a romantic ideal and its ultimate destruction by the inexorable rot and decay of modern life. The story is related by Nick Carraway, who has taken a modest rental house next door to Jay Gatsby's mansion. Jay Gatsby is a young millionaire who achieves fabulous wealth for the sole purpose of recapturing the love of his former sweetheart, Daisy Fay Buchanan. Five years prior to the principal events of the story, Daisy broke off with Gatsby and married the vulgar and arrogant Tom Buchanan because he was rich and came from a respectable family....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Destruction of Dreams, Failure of Dreamers in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Jay Gatsby, the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is used to contrast a real American dreamer against what had become of American society during the 1920's.  By magnifying the tragic fate of dreamers, conveying that twenties America lacked the substance to fulfill dreams and exposing the shallowness of Jazz-Age Americans, Fitzgerald foreshadows the destruction of his own generation. The beauty and splendor of Gatsby's parties masked the innate corruption within the heart of the Roaring Twenties....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The Destruction of the American Dream in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main theme is most directly related to the American Dream. The American Dream is based on the idea that any person, no matter who they are, can become successful in life by working hard. The Great Gatsby is about what happened to the American Dream during the 1920's, an era when the dream had been corrupted by the relentless pursuit of wealth. The pursuit of the American Dream is the ultimate cause of the downfall of the main character, Jay Gatsby....   [tags: Papers Essays Gatsby Fitzgerald]
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The Great Gatsby, the Stock-Market Crash and the Destruction of American Dreams - The Twenties was a time when people did not care about anything besides having fun. The average person had a job, the economy was flourishing, foreign trade was on the rise and the stock market was booming ("The Crash … and Beyond."). President Hoover said, during his inaugural address, "I have no fears for the future of our country. It is bright with hope" but by the end of 1929 he would regret those inspiring words (Hoover). During a time when people were living the American Dream, few were prepared for or expected the stock market crash and the American nightmare that continued through the 1930s....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]
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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. Time blocks Gatsby’s dream, for Daisy has made Gatsby a mere memory by marrying Tom Buchanan....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]
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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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gatcolor Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Symbolic Colors in Great Gatsby - Symbolic Colors in Great Gatsby Colors can accentuate the meanings of a story and explain certain actions of a character. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald applies many important colors that allude to the personality of his characters. The colors given are repeated multiple times so that they can be established. To fully understand the characters of the story, one must recognize the associated colors that are given. Green is the color of "healing, money, prosperity, greed, luck, and fertility"(Nadia Davis)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 401 words
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The Faded American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Faded American Dream in The Great Gatsby THESIS: In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby", the American Dream faded away due to materialism, infidelity, and an imposing lack of solidarity.       Hope, perseverance, hard working ambition and adventure are some of the characteristics of the American Dream. However, the American Dream didn't last forever. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" clearly reflects how the society's life was during the roaring twenties and how it led to the American Dream's destruction....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Fitzgerald's Exploration of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald's Exploration of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a one of the best stories written during a chaotic period in our nation’s history, The Jazz Age. The Twenties were a time of social experiments, self-indulgence, and dissatisfaction for majority of Americans. Fitzgerald depicts all these characteristics throughout the novel with his interesting themes, settings, and characters. The most elaborate and symbolic character Fitzgerald presents to his readers is Jay Gatsby....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Essays] 705 words
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1924 portrays the young and the wealthy enduring city life and superficial quarrels. Throughout Fitzgerald's array of accurate descriptions of the haughty upper class and the depressing realizations of the down-and-out forgotten society, stand his interpretations of how reality was truly defined in the 1920s. There are 5 main characters in this novel starting with the protagonist, Nick Carraway who narrates the story from his perspective....   [tags: Fitzgerald Gatsby] 990 words
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Free Essays - The Great Gatsby - “…And the Home of the Greedy” As Matthew J. Bruccoli noted: “An essential aspect of the American-ness and the historicity of The Great Gatsby is that it is about money. The Land of Opportunity promised the chance for financial success.” (p. xi) The Great Gatsby is indeed about money, but it also explores its aftermath of greed. Fitzgerald detailed the corruption, deceit and illegality of life that soon pursued “the dream”. However, Fitzgerald entitles the reader to the freedom to decide whether or not the dream was ever free of corruption....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 600 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is filled with symbols and symbolism, which try to convey Fitzgerald's ideas to the reader. The symbols are uniquely involved in the plot of the story, which makes their implications more real. There are three major symbols that serve very important significance in the symbolism of the novel. They are "the valley of the ashes," the reality that represents the corruption in the world, the green light of Daisy's lap that Gatsby sees across the bay and lastly, the symbolism of the East Egg and West Egg or more important the east and the west of the country....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 534 words
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The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Although to the casual reader The Great Gatsby may only appear as a poetic muse on the seemingly endless rollercoaster that is love, if one plunges deeper into this novel it is easily discovered that not only is this the quintessential grail quest but it is quite plainly a search for the American dream. Gatsby plays a duel role in this piece of American history; he is both the Holy Crusader, seeking his own personal Cup of Christ, and the Cinderella story of Fitzgerald's masterpiece....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald American Dream] 1197 words
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Language: The True Tale of the Great Gatsby - Language: The True Tale of the Great Gatsby The Jazz age was a time of glamour, sparkle, parties, music, the extreme rich, the extreme poor, and the exultation of lawlessness; F. Scoot Fitzgerald was no exception. Fitzgerald was enamored by the life of money, status, and beautiful people on a hopeless spiral into self destruction. The moral decadence of America became a prevailing theme in the works of Fitzgerald, taking birth fully within The Great Gatsby. This novel is brought to life by narrator Nick Carraway who is a moral Midwestern man, infatuated, much as Fitzgerald was, by the parties and pizzazz of the east....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Novels Essays]
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Distortion of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby - Picture this, a person graduates from high school with honors, goes to college and graduates at the top of his/her class. After college, he/she is offered a job in the field he/she wants with an annual salary of about $400,000 a year. He/she marries the person of his/her dreams, has two children and moves into a large, elegant house. Forty years later that person retires with a pension and lives the rest of his/her life in luxury. This is the American Dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald had this dream and worked his entire life to fulfill it, with no avail....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays] 1535 words
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Any American is taught a dream that is purged of all truth. The American Dream is shown to the world as a belief that anyone can do anything; when in reality, life is filled with impossible boundaries. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gives us a glimpse into the life of the upper class during the roaring twenties through the eyes of a moralistic young man named Nick Carraway. It is through the narrator's dealings with the upper class that the reader is shown how modern values have transformed the American Dream's pure ideals into a scheme for materialistic power, and how the world of the upper class lacks any sense of morals or conseq...   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby] 1467 words
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Living Life Like The Great Gatsby - Living Life Like The Great Gatsby Imagine that you live in the nineteen twenties, and that you are a very wealthy man that lives by himself in a manchine, on a lake and who throws parties every weekend. This is just the beginning of how to explain the way Jay Gatsby lived his life. This novel, by F. Scott, Fitzgerald is one that is very deep in thought. Fitzgerald releases little clues along the way of the novel that will be crusual to understand the ending. For instance, he makes the blue coupe a very important clue, as well as the Dr....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 1814 words
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The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Thesis: The pursuit of the American Dream is a dominant theme throughout The Great Gatsby, which is carried out in various ways by F. Scott Fitzgerald, how the author represents this theme through his characters and their actions is one small aspect of it.       Fitzgerald's dominant theme in The Great Gatsby focuses on the corruption of the American Dream. By analyzing high society during the 1920s through the eyes of narrator Nick Carraway, the author reveals that the American Dream has transformed from a pure ideal of security into a convoluted scheme of materialistic power....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald American Dream Essays]
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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the corruption of the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to attain its illusionary goals. As the novel shows, the 20th century is a moral wasteland and a corruption of the original idealistic American Dream of the past. Fitzgerald's moral wasteland is shown physically in the "valley of ashes" scene of the novel. This 'dismal' and 'desolate' wasteland exists side-by-side with the white and unreal dream of Daisy and her world....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 513 words
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Failure and the Degeneration of America in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby -   The Great Gatsby is a bold and damning social commentary of America which critiques its degeneration from a nation of infinite hope and opportunity to a place of moral destitution. The novel is set during the Roaring Twenties, an era of outrageous excesses, wild lavish parties and sadly, an era of regret and lost potential. As the audience, they take us on a journey guided and influenced by the moral voice of Nick Carraway, a character who is "simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life." Nevertheless, when Carraway rejects the East, returning to the comparatively secure morality of his ancestral West, we realize that gaiety was merely a t...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Morality in "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Webster dictionary defines morality as a moral discourse, statement or lesson. In the novel, “The Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald many of the characters could not be classified as truly moral people who exhibit goodness or correctness in their character and behavior. Tom, Daisy, and George all come to mind as the characters that have done the most moral damage throughout the novel. In the end, these individuals show characteristics of a moral decay in society because the cause corruption and lies, which is why they are morally responsible for the destruction of humanity....   [tags: great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Morality,] 511 words
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The Not So Great Gatsby - James Gatz was a small town boy with a big dream, a dream to escape his current circumstances and make a name for himself. He was willing to work hard and passionately to achieve the original American Dream. Yet, as this young boy became older, much like the United States did, something changed. When the United States became older, the original American Dream was killed, just as James Gatz died the second he rowed up to Cody’s boat. With the death of an original dream and a boy, a man, viewed as great by a corrupt society bent on gaining wealth, was born, along with a new dream to have only the very best....   [tags: Character Analysis] 821 words
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gatdream Blurry Dreams in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Blurry Dreams in The Great Gatsby The American Dream is a path people set out upon in order to achieve a goal, usually pertaining to the acquirement of stability and security. The dreams of these people were followed through with strong hope and perseverance. Yet, during the period of the 1920's, this dream was obstructed by the need for materialistic power. Scott Fitzgerald portrays this destruction of the American Dream through the main character, Jay Gatsby, in his novel The Great Gatsby....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 745 words
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The Lost American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Lost American Dream in The Great Gatsby      Critics agree that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is not only a social commentary on the roaring twenties but also a revelation of the disintegration of the American Dream. Jay Gatsby embodies this smashed and illusionary dream; he is seen as a “mythic” (Bewley 17) individual, as “the end product of the American Dream” (Lehan 109) and as a representative of “man’s headlong pursuit of a dream all the way across a continent and back again” (Moyer 219)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - A Life Foolishly Lived - The Great Gatsby:  A Life Foolishly Lived             Released in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby cleverly demonstrates the manners and morals commonly practiced throughout the time period. The plot revolves around several main themes and effectively expresses Fitzgerald’s unique perspective. With an objective standpoint, Nick Carraway narrates the story as Jay Gatsby, a foolish racketeer, tries to win over his lifelong love, Daisy Buchanan. Although pecuniary matters can often be too large of an influence on human relationships, the novel unveils several powerful battles entangling love, morals, and money....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Okonkwo and Jay Gatsby - ... Okonkwo was a very prosperous yam farmer that was mainly driven by his fierce, determined attitude. One that helped him become one of the fiercest warriors and wrestlers in the whole village unlike his father, who is considered to be a “coward and could not bear the sight of blood”.(6) Jay Gatsby’s own rags-to-riches story is very comparable to Okonkwo’s. Gatsby grew up on a farm in North Dakota. He came from a very poor, modest family, similar to that of Okonkwo’s, but from birth he always felt he was destined to do something great....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, The Great Gatsby] 938 words
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The Decay of a Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Decay of a Dream in The Great Gatsby      The central theme of The Great Gatsby is the decay of the American Dream. Through his incisive analysis  and condemnation  of 1920s high society, Fitzgerald (in the person of the novel¹s narrator, Nick Carraway) argues that the American Dream no longer signifies the noble pursuit of progress; instead, it has become grossly materialistic and corrupt. Fitzgerald¹s novel is structured as an allegory (a story that conceals another story): the terrible death of Jay Gatsby is, by extension, the death of the American Dream....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Great Gatsby - In chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby Nick is invited to one of Gatsby’s extravagant parties. He arrives only to find he doesn’t know where Gatsby is, and then he runs into Jordan Baker. Together they set off to find Gatsby and they head to the library where they find “Owl Eyes”, a drunken man trying to get sober. After talking to “Owl Eyes” for awhile they head outside again where Nick unknowingly starts a conversation with Gatsby. After revealing himself, Gatsby tells Jordan that he would like to speak to her privately....   [tags: Character Analysis, Nick Carraway, Jordan Baker] 1485 words
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Perspective of Nick Carraway, Narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Narrator's Perspective in The Great Gatsby       Nick Carraway has a special place in this novel. He is not just one character among several, it is through his eyes and ears that we form our opinions of the other characters. Often, readers of this novel confuse Nick's stance towards those characters and the world he describes with those of F. Scott Fitzgerald's because the fictional world he has created closely resembles the world he himself experienced. But not every narrator is the voice of the author....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Symbolisms in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... In the novel, Nick describes him as having “an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such I have never found in any other person and which is not likely I shall ever find again” (Fitzgerald 2).He kept believing and fighting for his dreams to the very end, even after it became clear that Daisy would not leave Tom to stay with him. This persistence in following his dream made Gatsby an inspirational character for many people that make the green light their own. For them, it does not only represent Gatsby's dreams, but also their dreams....   [tags: the green light, great depression]
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The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby The "Twenties" was an exciting time in American history, when being a "flapper" and rebelling against the common say of society was all the rage. As in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is a popular yet mysterious "flapper," whose image is created through the life of Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald portrayed his life, problems, and triumphs, through his image of Jay Gatsby. The correlations between the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the life of his character Jay Gatsby, is that Gatsby and Fitzgerald were both brought up the same way, both used their popularity the same way, as well as signifying the life he wanted through Gatsby....   [tags: Papers] 482 words
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Gatsby and the American Dream - The American Dream is what we all aspire to achieve. The idea of starting off with nothing and to become something has caused millions of people from all corners of the world to immigrate to this country for over 300 years. However, what exactly is the American Dream. F Scott Fitzgerald answers this question within his novel The Great Gatsby. Through the eyes of Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald analyses the high class of the 1920s and reveals that the American Dream has been distorted from a pure ideal of security into a convoluted scheme of materialistic power....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 1634 words
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Greed Obliterates Morality: An Analysis of the Motifs in The Great Gatsby - Maurice Sendak, a juvenile illustrator, once stated, “There must be more to life than having everything!” The world is filled with consumers. Once a person has what he or she need, he or she wants more. Often, the actions of man reveal that his main priority in life is obtaining everything because he believes that it will make him happy. While attempting to achieve happiness, man often disregards the well being of his fellow man. The characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s modernist novel, The Great Gatsby, clearly exemplify this notion of the pursuit of happiness....   [tags: Book Analysis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Materialism] 1232 words
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The Great Gatsby - In famous novels throughout literature, characters often face conflicts between not themselves and other characters, but with time itself. In John Green's novel Looking For Alaska, the main characters confront the idea of "imagining the future as a kind of nostalgia". In this way, the main character Miles Halter, after the death of his friend Alaska, dreams of a future where he and Alaska are somehow reunited. However, the Alaska of his dreams is not as she presently exists, because she is no longer living....   [tags: novel, literature, literary analysis, Fitzgerald]
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The Great Gatsby - The fundamental theme of The Great Gatsby is the decay of the American Dream. Through his insightful analysis and criticism ¬of 1920s high society, Fitzgerald argues that the American Dream no longer signifies the noble pursuit of progress; instead, it has become grossly materialistic and corrupt. Fitzgerald’s novel is structured as an allegory (a story inside another story), the terrible death of Jay Gatsby is, by extension, the death of the American Dream. For Fitzgerald, the true American Dream is characterized by a spirit of perseverance and hope; through these, one can succeed against all odds....   [tags: Fitzgerald, The American Dream] 1166 words
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The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald is the master of symbolism. Symbolism plays a vital part in two of his most famous novels, The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night. From the valley of ashes to “Daddy’s Girl”, Fitzgerald weaves symbols throughout his novels that help the plot to thicken and progress. They also allow readers to look at the novels in a more analytical point of view, which makes the novels more interesting to read. Fitzgerald’s symbols truly make his works a pleasure to read. Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, first sees Gatsby standing outside of his mansion, “standing with his hands in his pockets regarding the silver pepper of the stars” (20)....   [tags: symbolism, ashes]
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The Story Behind The Great Gatsby - ... However, Gatsby aspires to enter a society that will never accept him as an equal even if he was wealthier. Individuals, who were born rich, are a closed group who refuses to accept people that were not born rich. In effect, Gatsby will never be accepted because he does not have an image. “Luckily the clock took this moment to tilt dangerously at the pressure of his head…”(Fitzgerald 86). Everything is said in this sentence, as if Fitzgerald wanted to inform to the readers that no one is able to repeat the past, not even with the power of money....   [tags: F.Scott Fitzgerald, story analysis]
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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - As the west came to a close, many awoke and believed that the American dream was over. But some believed that closing the door to the west opened the door to the east, the modern frontier. Fredrick Jackson Turner argued that there are key characteristics of the American culture, which can be contributed to the frontier, such as: the tendency for mobility, materialism and wastefulness, and optimism. Turner made his opinions clear in the thesis to his paper, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History.” Many of these attributes of the American culture can be seen in some of the characters of the historic novel, The Great Gatsby....   [tags: essays research papers] 1023 words
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The Great Gatsby: The Past is Forever in the Present - ... In opposition to Nick’s valuable revelation, the inability to remove oneself from the possibilities of the past may prevent the pleasure of the present. Fitzgerald reveals the detrimental impacts of living in the past, through the character James Gatz and his numerous flashbacks responsible for Gatz’s development into the character of Jay Gatsby. Gatz invented the character of Gatsby, providing a fallacious back-story, in order to convince himself and hopefully Daisy that there remains a possibility of love despite their difference in economic backgrounds....   [tags: F.Scott Fitzgerald, book analysis] 1124 words
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10). “The Great Gatsby” by F.Scott Fitzgerald tells a tragic tale of materialistic wealth, and uses the colors green, yellow, and blue to convey wealth, hope and unhappiness, respectively, in this classic tale; hope being Gatsby’s saving grace and his ruination....   [tags: american dream, materialistic wealth]
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The Great Gatsby: Clayton vs. Luhman - In the 1920s, sexual promiscuity was a widespread behavior in the United States. People often ditched their morals, causing a serious strain on relationships. Many modernist writers in this era believed this was a result of the popularization of cities. One modernist author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, brought this issue forward in his novel "The Great Gatsby", which was adapted into two films, one in 1974 by Jack Clayton, and another in 2013 by Baz Luhrmann. In chapter seven of the novel, two characters Tom and Gatsby engage in an argument concerning the affection of Daisy, Tom's wife....   [tags: filmography, literature, ]
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Symbols Used in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby is based on a man named Jay Gatsby and his idealistic infatuation to a girl named Daisy that he met while he was young. Gatsby was not of a wealthy family and therefore Daisy would not marry him. Gatsby devoted his life to getting what he needed to win Daisy. After the war Gatsby became a bootlegger to attain what he needed to win Daisy. In the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses various colors, objects, and gestures as symbols to portray the lack of moral and spiritual values of people and the different aspects of society in the 1920's....   [tags: literary analysis, english literature] 1156 words
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... Daisy was rich, you see. And rich girls didn’t marry poor boys. That’s where his dreams come in. Because he was born into a poor life, his dream was that one day, he could become rich. And when he does achieve it, that reflects the “American Dream”. But his dream was also his downfall. His obsession with the past is what kills him. He wanted the relationship he had with Daisy in the past. He couldn’t face the fact that that was YEARS ago and things have changed since then. He was so blinded that he didn’t see the reason he was attracted to Daisy in the first place....   [tags: daisy, american dream, love] 820 words
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - ... Therefore, this indicates Gatsby’s inability to separate his illusions from reality, alternatively, on account of his wealth, he mistaken believes that if he could fulfill Daisy’s materialistic needs, she would repay him with her infinite affection. In conclusion, throughout Gatsby’s conquest for the affection of the beloved and internally flawed Daisy Buchanan, he becomes the “boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” (189). Regrettably, Gatsby’s illusion and longing desires for Daisy consume himself, thereby allowing him to falsely believe that his vast fortune will provide contentment, whereas, in reality his fortune and lifestyle only mask the inevitable destru...   [tags: story and character analysis]
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