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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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The Great Gatsby - Nostalgia, the bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past, is the dominant feeling throughout The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is an eloquently written novel filled with intricate details and written to evoke the romanticism in anybody. The love affairs evolving throughout the story add substance as well as emotions to the author’s message, a moral lesson concerning how people think and behave. I found numerous instances in the book that aroused soul-searching questions that every person asks him/herself at one period of time or another....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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The Great Gatsby - I. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, grew up in an upper-middle class family where he enjoyed the traditions of the upper classes, but not the financial ability to uphold those practices. Fitzgerald acquired his fame, almost overnight, with the publication of his first book, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. His extensive career began with the writing of stories for mass-circulation magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post. That same year, he married Zelda Sayre, who later became one his major influences on his writing, along with literature, Princeton, and alcohol....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 2131 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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The Great Gatsby - In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes many universal and timeless themes to make the novel a classic. He emphasizes that most people lack insight and can not see the truth. To the majority of the society, the reality is an illusion that they create in their minds. The characters, events, setting, symbols and imagery contribute to establishing this theme. Myrtle Wilson, a woman of ludicrous ostentation, yearns to escape her class to enter the higher ranks. She believes a marriage to Tom Buchanan will relieve her of this lower status....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby - The American dream is sought after and imagined by everyone who comes to America. It is the main reason that people come to America; they come for freedom as well as to one day attain the idea of a perfect American dream. It theoretically symbolizes what you have accomplished in life and what you wish to one day have. In my personal opinion if any person wants come to America to live a life of happiness, be released of religious persecution and the freedom to say what you feel, then it can be accomplished....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 665 words
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gatdream Futility of the American Dream Exposed in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby:  The Futility of the ‘American Dream’ The ideal of the ‘American Dream’ has hardly changed over the past century. The dream is a unique American phenomenon. It represents a nebulous concept that is exemplified by a number of American values. Many deem wealth and success to be the means to this paradigm. When stability, security and family values also become part of the suburban lifestyle, the American Dream comes close to becoming reality. Nick Carraway, the candid narrator of F....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 986 words
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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby - Within the veins of every American flows the undeniable drive to succeed. This power creates rich from poor, turns struggles into money and ultimately opens the window for all peoples to better themselves. Although the American dream still converts dirt into gold today, views on this leap to greatness have changed moderately since the 1920’s. In the beginning America was new and undiscovered. There were resources just waiting to be taken hold of in order to attain great riches and with this came the birth of the American Dream....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 672 words
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Jay Gatsby And The American Dr - The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. This dream is different for different people, but in The Great Gatsby, for Jay, the dream is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness and lost love. To get this happiness Jay Gatsby must reach into the past and in order to relive an old dream of marrying Daisy, the foundation of his life. In order to do this, he must have wealth and power, and the easiest way of amassing money quickly is through crime and corruption....   [tags: essays research papers] 957 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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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerlad - Everyone in America has their own American Dream. These dreams may vary from having a family or becoming a rich business person. The American dream was strongest in our country during the start of the 1920's. America was just beginning to triumph over poverty. People were becoming more successful as a country. Carrie Latet once said, "May I never wake up from the American dream." Along with Carrie, this was the wish of the vast majority of America. In 1929, the Great Depression hit and many Americans did have to wake up from their dream of success....   [tags: Essays on The Great Gatsby] 834 words
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The Character of James Gatsby - The Character of James Gatsby There is a saying that each person is actually three people: Who he is, who he thinks he is, and who others think he is. Who Jay Gatsby thinks he is, is what he has invented. Who others think he is, is wildly speculative. Yet the answer is elusive to who is Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is the most shadowy figure in terms of reader knowledge. Yet he is the only character that at the end of the story turns out, ironically, the most truthful. Who Gatsby is, we find out, is shown in contrast to the other characters and their behavior....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 1667 words
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The Non- Realistic American Dream in The Great Gatsby - ... He is looking for a life better than the one he grew up with, filled with fortune and wealth. When Gatsby meets Daisy, he finds what he is looking for. For Gatsby, Daisy is his American Dream. From then on he does everything he can to be with her. Before coming up with his fortune, Gatsby felt that “he wasn’t fit to lick (Daisy’s) shoe” (34) under the social status. Believing that by becoming “a soldier who was going overseas” (75), he will be able to win Daisy’s love and approval but in fact he lost Daisy and now he faces task of fighting to win her affection again....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Great Gatsby] 1103 words
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Nick and his Experiences of Materialism in "The Great Gatsby" - The Great Gatsby shows the ambition of one man's achievement of his goal, the disappointment of failing, and the hopelessness of it. During the era of this novel, which is around the 1920's, America was a country with huge misery, ambition, and lack of humanity values. The novel shows a reflection of this decade, it illustrates the burning passion one man has toward his objective and the different aspects of the American principles. As the sequence of events continues in the story, someone will narrate the singular aspects of it; exposing the idea of the conflicts that will happen among different social levels....   [tags: great gatsby, materialim, characters,] 1434 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby   In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald presents a novel with intricate symbolism. Fitzgerald integrates symbolism into the heart of the novel so strongly that it is necessary to read the book several times to gain any level of understanding. The overtones and connotations that Fitzgerald gives to the dialogues, settings, and actions is a major reason why The Great Gatsby is one of the classics of the 20th century. Three themes dominate the text of The Great Gatsby....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 2169 words
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby James Gatz, better known as Jay Gatsby is the main character in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This novel is a story about Gatsby, and his relentless pursuit of his one and only dream and goal: Daisy Buchannon. Gatsby and Daisy met in 1917, five years prior to the setting of the novel. The fell in love immediately and spent countless hours together. After a month, Gatsby, at the time a lieutenant, was summoned to go off and fight in World War One....   [tags: Fitzgerald Gatsby Literature Analysis] 1236 words
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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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Truth in The Great Gatsby - Truth in The Great Gatsby The Golden Age, a time when money was abundant. Wealthy family's always demanded to impress others rather than living their own life. How did wealth seem to develop with scandals and how would dreams contribute to destiny. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" Nick Carraway's great American dream was to controlled the truth in which he lives his life. Money is a motivating force for almost everyone, but not everyone loses sight of who they are....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 565 words
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Daisy in The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald - Daisy in The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Throughout the novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the character of Daisy Buchanan undergoes many noticeable changes. Daisy is a symbol of wealth and of promises broken. She is a character we grow to feel sorry for but probably should not. Born Daisy Fay in Louisville, Kentucky, Daisy was always the princess in the tower, the golden girl that every man dreamed of possessing. ?She dressed in white, and had a little white roadster, and all the day long the telephone rang in her house and excited young officers from Camp Taylor demanded the privilege of monopolizing her that night,....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald Essays]
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The Three Houses in The Great Gatsby - The Three Houses in The Great Gatsby The houses of the three main characters in The Great Gatsby represent different characteristics of their dwellers. Gatsby is a flashy and superficial man with a one track mind. He lives next to Nick who is simple and observant. Nick's half cousin is Daisy, who lives across the water from Nick and Gatsby. She is superficial and cynical. Daisy's house is a fairly large and elaborate Georgian Colonial mansion, located on East Egg....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 523 words
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Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby and the 20s - Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby and the 20s After a time of prosperity, the roaring 1920’s became a decade of social decay and declining moral values. The forces this erosion of ethics can be explained by a variety of theories. However, F. Scott Fitzgerald paints a convincing portrait of waning social virtue in his novel, The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald portrays the nefarious effects of materialism created by the wealth-driven culture of the time. This was an era where societal values made wealth and material possessions a defining element of one’s character....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Essays] 1784 words
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Illusions and Reality in The Great Gatsby - Illusions and Reality in The Great Gatsby      According to Cynthia Wu, no matter how many critical opinions there are on The Great Gatsby, the book basically deals with Gatsby's dream and his illusions (39). We find out from the novel that Jay Gatsby is not even a real person but someone that James Gatz invented. Wu also tells us that Gatsby has illusions that deal with romance, love, beauty, and ideals (39). Wu also points out that Gatsby's illusions can be divided into four related categories: he came from a rich upper class family, a never ending love between him and Daisy, money as the answer to every problem, and reversible time....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Relationship of Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan - The Relationship of Gatsby and Daisy in The Great Gatsby At the heart of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, there is a theme of desire, an unshakable quest by Jay Gatsby set in motion by the beauty of Daisy Buchanan. Yet, when Jay and Daisy are together, considerable awkwardness is displayed between these two characters, and this awkward atmosphere is primarily the result of the actions of Jay Gatsby. The uncomfortable relationship between Gatsby and Daisy is evidenced during a meeting that might be compared to that of two school children....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 1199 words
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Daisy Buchanan's Sardonic Perspective in "The Great Gatsby" - In F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses his narrator, Nick Carraway as a vital tool to comprehend the purposefulness of this story. Imagine having the story in some other characters point of view, a cynical and more sardonic point of view. Daisy Buchanan's point of view would simply all relate to her. If it does not it has no need to be conversed about or it has to change to something about her. Daisy's conflict is her love for Jay Gatsby is hindered because she is married to her also unfaithful husband Tom Buchanan....   [tags: Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, ] 945 words
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Power and Change in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel "The Great Gatsby", he shows power and change through his characters. In one particular part of the book I noticed a significant change in the character Jay Gatsby. This scene proved to me that he was more "human" then everyone made him out to be. You see a side of Gatsby that hasn’t been shown yet in the novel. Gatsby was infatuated with Daisy Buchanan, this is why he moved to the West Egg. He was a man of great wealth who threw parties on weekends for everyone to come....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 303 words
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Illusion and Reality in The Great Gatsby - Illusion and Reality in The Great Gatsby       The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about one man's disenchantment with the American dream. In the story we get a glimpse into the life of Jay Gatsby, a man who aspired to achieve a position among the American rich to win the heart of his true love, Daisy Fay. Gatsby's downfall was in the fact that he was unable to determine that concealed boundary between reality and illusion in his life.    The Great Gatsby is a tightly structured, symbolically compressed novel whose predominant images and symbols reinforce the idea that Gatsby's dream exists on borrowed time....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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What Makes Gatsby Tick? - It is every writer’s aspiration to write a literary work as deep and profound as F. Scott Fitzgerald has in his masterpiece The Great Gatsby. The novel alludes to an innumerable variety of themes; encompassing all of the symbolism, metaphorical traits, and masterful writing that an English teacher’s favorite should have. In a novel of this caliber it is expected that there are many deep and well-developed characters. This book has them in spades. From all of the wide variety of characters portrayed in this novel, Jay Gatsby is clearly the most vital and interesting; the course of events in The Great Gatsby are clearly centered around him....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 1931 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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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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Sacrifices in The Great Gatsby - The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God-- a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that-- and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end (99). James Gatz was already "about his Father's business" when he carefully sketched out a schedule for self improvement on the back of his "Hopalong Cassidy" book....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Importance of Myrtle in The Great Gatsby -     Many of the occurrences in The Great Gatsby produced far-reaching effects for several of the characters.  Of these occurrences, one of the most influential and important incidents was the death of Myrtle Wilson.  While her life and death greatly affected the lives of all of the main and supporting characters, her death had a very significant effect on the lives of Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby.             Tom knew Myrtle better than any of the main characters.  He had met her on a train headed for New York.  When the train reached the city, she went with him in a taxi, and their affair began.  Tom never made much of an effort to keep their relationship secret.  In fact, he almost paraded her around in the presence of his acquaintances.  They made frequent trips into New York so that they could be together.  Myrtle was Tom's escape from his own life in East Egg.  While Daisy provided him with a wealthy, acceptable social image, she was not much more to him than a mere possession.  His affair with Myrtle offered him a chance to defy his social expectations.  Their relationship was important to him because of this opportunity to escape.  When Myrtle died, it shook him deeply, especially because he believed Gatsby had been driving the yellow car.  After leaving George Wilson's garage the night of the accident, he managed to drive slowly until he and Nick were out of sight.  Then he slammed his foot down on the accelerator, driving much faster.  He began quietly sobbing, privately mourning her death.  He immediately blamed Gatsby for bringing their relationship to an abrupt halt.  "That God damned coward!" he cried.  "He didn't even stop his car."  His feelings of anger and hurt were greatly intensified by the day spent in New York.  He and Gatsby had argued over their relationships with Daisy, and Gatsby had asked Daisy to leave Tom.  She, of course, could not do this because it was simply too much to ask of her.  Tom believed he had won their disagreement, but the day only grew worse.  He may have won Daisy, but he had lost Myrtle forever.  He completely blamed Gatsby, and his feelings of dislike only grew stronger.  That night, he talked with Daisy until early in the morning.  In the end, Myrtle's death may have had such an effect on Tom that he finally turned to his own wife for everything he had searched for outside of the marriage.  He had lost Myrtle, and he had come very close to losing Daisy that same day.  These events may have encouraged him not to take his wife for granted any longer....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Plot Flaws in The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was a novel that epitomizes the time in our history known as the roaring twenties. It was a time of great extravagances and frolicsome attitudes. The novel also revealed the darker side of this time with its underlying themes of greed and betrayal on the part of many of the characters. The novel as a whole seems to be a very well thought out piece of literature with little or no flaws. However, if studied a bit harder several defects can be spotted. These include such things as shifts in setting, sequence manipulation, and shifting of narrators....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 840 words
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the great gatsby - ... Things start to take a turn for the worse when Daisy and Tom are forced to stay calm while around the others. Secrets come out and tension gets very high when everyone is forced to be together. They all try to pretend there are not any conflicts by acting as one another’s friends but by this time, everyone has started to grasp the idea that there is confrontation in the air. Gatsby wishes to speak to Daisy and hopefully rekindle their love, but is afraid to speak because of Tom always being there....   [tags: Literature]
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, there is a constant feeling of movement and the desire to get away. Nick, Gatsby, Wilson, Tom and Daisy all move, or have the intention of moving. Not only does this movement seem to foreshadow events in the book, but it also seems to lead to the conclusion that society as a whole in the 1920's was rather unstable and was undergoing constant change. Not all the characters move in the same way, and this shows how different their backgrounds and lifestyles are....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Essays] 1258 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 - ... As America’s hunger for entertainment expanded, many young artists, actors, and musicians answered the call for these colorful, new forms of enjoyment (450). The magnificent age of art had truly begun, and in many urban cites across the country, like New York and Chicago, the allure and charisma of jazz music quickly became the premier choice for dancing and extravagant affairs (456). In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, Mr. Jay Gatsby, the main character, was known for throwing elaborate affairs, where there was always a live jazz band to cater to his guests....   [tags: Literary Analysis, F. Scott Fitzgerald] 1311 words
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Free Great Gatsby Essays: Deception - Deception in The Great Gatsby There are many American novels that yield insights into human nature, but few are as honest or intriguing as Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is brilliantly composed, and involves many different personalities, but it is at the core of this novel that we find the dark secret of humanity: deception. All of the inhabitants of East and West Egg use one another to get what they want, with little care as to how it will affect the people around them....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 979 words
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Death of a Dream in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Gatsby and the Death of a Dream       In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald creates the roaring twenties by showing the division of society.  The Buchanans live on one side, East Egg, and Jay Gatsby lives on the other side, West Egg.  The Buchanans belong to the socialites, yet their lives have no meaning.  Gatsby tries to chase the American Dream, yet his idea is tarnished.  He throws parties to try and fit in with the socialites.   Gatsby's pursuit of the American Dream is doomed because he tries to buy his way into a society that will never accept him....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald]
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Gatsby's American Dream - In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald describes essential traits of human life: romantic love, genuine friendship, the importance of money, the significance of trustworthiness, and the worth of social classes through Nick Carraway’s views. As he portrays them, each main character’s goals are illustrated, and they each carry out different amounts of significance and a symbolism throughout the novel. This novel is mainly about Gatsby's attempt at an unattainable goal, winning Daisy's love back through power and money....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1733 words
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The American Dream in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - The American Dream in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The 1920's were a time of parties, drinking and having nothing but fun. Many aspired to be rich and prosperous and longed to be a part of the upper class. Although this was the dream for many Americans of this time, it seemed almost impossible to become a part of this social class unless born into it. Even those who worked hard to become successful and support themselves and their families were not accepted into this elite group of men and women, despite the fact that they too most likely had everything....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald] 1189 words
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The Importance of George Wilson in The Great Gatsby - The Importance of George Wilson in The Great Gatsby     F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a superbly written and an intrinsically captivating novel that deals with the decline of the American Dream and how vapid the upper class is. To illustrate and capture the essence of these themes, Fitzgerald uses characters Gatsby, who epitomizes the actual American Dream, and Daisy, who is based on the ideal girl. Yet, as these characters grasp the topics Fitzgerald wants to convey, there is something inherently like missing from the story as a whole....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Stereotypes and Stereotyping of Characters of The Great Gatsby - The Stereotypical Characters of The Great Gatsby       F. Scott Fitzgerald is well known for being an excellent writer, for expertly describing the Jazz Age, and for having a drinking problem.  However, he is not so well known for creating deep and intriguing characters.  In The Great Gatsby, the majority of the characters remain one-dimensional and unchanging throughout the novel.  They are simply known from the viewpoint of Nick Carraway, the participating narrator.  Some insight is given into characters in the form of their dialogue with Nick, however, they never really become deep characters that are 'known' and can be identified with.  While all of the participants in the novel aren't completely flat, most of the main characters are simply stereotypes of 1920's people from the southern, western, and eastern parts of America....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The Genuine Nick Carraway of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Genuine Nick of The Great Gatsby Nick Carraway is a very genuine character throughout the novel. He gets involved with situations such as Daisy and Gatsby, he helps them rekindle their love and he also becomes a true friend with Jay Gatsby. Throughout the novel Nick Carraway starts off not having to many friends, until he starts getting involved other people. It all starts when Jay Gatsby, Nick's neighbour, invites Nick to his party. Nick decides that it would be a great idea so he attends....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 510 words
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Essay About Love of Money in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby – For the Love of Money     F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous novel, The Great Gatsby (1925), is about many things that have to do with American life in the "Roaring Twenties," things such as the abuse of alcohol and the pursuit of other pleasures, including that elusive entity, the "American dream."  Mainly it is the story of Jay Gatsby, told by Gatsby's friend and neighbor, Nick Carraway, a bonds salesman in New York. Three other important characters are Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, and Myrtle Wilson....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 634 words
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The American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The American Dream in The Great Gatsby         The American Dream is deeply rooted in American ideals.  It implies that an individual's determination is the deciding factor in the accumulation of wealth, freedom, and total happiness.  It creates an equal ground on which anyone and everyone can attain spiritual and material fulfillment.  "Although these ideals can be traced back to the original settlers, perhaps one of the earliest written manifestations of the Dream can be found in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence" (Spindler 41).  The Declaration of Independence promises the rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" to all American citizens.  Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is both a qualification and a condemnation of these values; although American democracy is based on the concept of equality, in reality social discrimination and divisions of class are not so easily overcome.  The behavior of Fitzgerald's upper classes is also a comment on the failure of the American Dream: "their decadence and carelessness show how material success has destroyed spiritual life" (Posnock 207 )....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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