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The Great Gatsby: Nick vs Gatsby - The Great Gatsby: Nick vs Gatsby Mainframe computers analyze information and present it so that the observer is able to make accurate observations. In The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the narrator, Nick Carraway, tells a story in which Jay Gatsby tries to attain happiness through wealth. Even though the novel is titled after Gatsby, Nick, just as a mainframe computer, analyzes the actions of others and presents the story so that the reader can comprehend the theme. Throughout the novel, Nick is the vehicle used to gather all of the pieces together to learn about Gatsby....   [tags: Great Gatsby Character Comparison ] 1003 words
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The Great Gatsby - The Great Gatsby is a thrilling tale about a very wealthy man named Gatsby. The story is told through the eyes of the narrator, Nick Carraway. In the beginning Nick is showed as someone for all people to tell their problems. They vent their anger and frustration to him. Nick meets Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Nick is not very fond of Tom. Nick then becomes acquainted with Jordan Baker, whom happens to be a golf champion. Baker is portrayed as snotty and stuck up. Hints then begin to arise that there are problems between Daisy and Tom....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 911 words
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The Great Gatsby - In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is a mysterious man living in the West Egg district of Long Island. Gatsby is extremely wealthy and owns a mansion with a large swimming pool, a fancy car, and dozens of servants. Every Saturday night, he throws extravagant parties which many people, most of whom haven't even been invited, attend. No one really knows anything about Gatsby, except that he is rich and generous. However, many rumors are created about him. Some say that he was a German spy during the war and some say that he killed a man....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 1016 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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The Lying Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby - The Lying Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby      Throughout the novel, Jay Gatsby explains the type of character he is, through his lies. Gatsby acts out to be a man who has it all. The only item missing from Gatsby’s life is love. Love is the only true key to happiness with out it you are lost. Gatsby goes all out to be loved even if it means lying.      Gatsby shows his love, to the love of his life Daisy, who is in love with another man named Tom. Tom and Daisy are married, but Tom is having an affair with another woman....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 621 words
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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 - The Great Gatsby The Characters in the book are static characters because everything that happens to them does not affect how they act on any permanent basis. Gatsby’s personality never changes from his smug, rich, party host for more than a hour or two. Tom and daisy Buchanan never stop fighting but, at the same time, never try to end their relationship because of it. Nick tries to become a big city man but never changes from his middle American farm boy ways. The Characters never change from their basic views and idiosyncrasies throughout the progress of the book....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 459 words
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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 Great Gatsby - ... They meet up with Daisy and Gatsby at the hotel where Tom and Gatsby finally get their feelings out in the open. After Tom won the argument he sent Daisy and Gatsby back to Long Island and Nick realizes it is his thirtieth birthday. Tom, Jordan, and Nick head home to find out that Myrtle was killed by being run over and Tom assumes that Gatsby was driving. At the end of the chapter Gatsby is waiting outside the Buchanan’s home watching over Daisy; he sends Nick to check on them and he finds that Daisy and Tom have made up and leaves Gatsby alone....   [tags: Character Analysis, Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby] 2241 words
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Philosophy of Gatsby - This book, The Great Gatsby, is a tale of deceit and the silent despair in the world of the human. Everything is not what it is made out to look like and often convincing as such. It is created by and creates the fear of being left in that portal which is the object of escape and the depths of despair. It shows life is a whirlwind which cannot be controlled, and many times even for the sick is not wished to be controlled because humans are too worrisome over what will and will not be and would rather turn their backs than face what is real....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 430 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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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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Free Great Gatsby Essays: The Truly Great Gatsby - The Truly Great Gatsby Is his novel the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates Gatsby as a character who becomes great. He begins life as just an ordinary, lower-class, citizen. But Gatsby has a dream of becoming wealthy. After meeting Daisy, he has a reason to strive to become prominent. Throughout his life, Gatsby gains the title of truly being great. Even before Gatsby is introduced, he is hinted at being out of the ordinary. The first evidence of this is when Nick says, "Gatsby turned out all right at the end." (2) Nothing was known about Gatsby at the time and Nick is already saying Gatsby was okay....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 1243 words
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Free Great Gatsby Essays: A Very Insecure Gatsby - The Very Insecure Great Gatsby   In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby many characters are not as they seem.  The one character that intrigues me the most is James Gatsby.  In the story Gatsby is always thought of as rich, confident, and very popular.  However, when I paint a picture of him in my mind I see someone very different.  In fact, I see the opposite of what everyone portrays him to be.  I see someone who has very little confidence and who tries to fit in the best he can.  There are several scenes in which this observation is very obvious to me.  It is clear that Gatsby is not the man that everyone claims he is....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 423 words
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Jay Gatsby as Tragic Hero of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Jay Gatsby as Tragic Hero of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby According to Aristotle, there are a number of characteristics that identify a tragic hero: he must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness. These are all characteristics of Jay Gatsby, the main character of Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.  Jay Gatsby is a tragic hero according to Aristotle's definition.   Jay Gatsby is an enormously rich man, and in the flashy years of the jazz age, wealth defined importance....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald]
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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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The Pathetic Jay Gatsby of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Pathetic Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby       Pathetic is a term used to describe someone who is pitifully unsuccessful.  Success is not necessarily measured in wealth or fame, but it is measured by how much one has accomplished in life.  A successful person is one who has set many goals for himself and then goes out in life and accomplishes some of them, but goes on living even if failing on others.  In the novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a pathetic character because he wasted his whole life chasing an unrealistic dream....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The Mysterious Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald - In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we know that Gatsby, the main character, is a mysterious man who doesn’t seem to show much personal growth throughout this book. Although, we do learn a lot about him through what the other characters reveal. We learn many different things about Gatsby through these rumors that it helps give us a better understanding of things. In the beginning of this novel everyone seems to know, or at least have heard, about Gatsby. He is talked about a lot and it is manly in a good way....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 466 words
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A Night at Gatsby ´s Mansion - A Night at Gatsby ´s Mansion There was a clear combination of the people that went to the party, high society people with lots of money, people with much less money and new rich people. Gatsby ´s party was the result of an intense preparation made buy Gatsbys servants. There was a huge amount of the finest food around, tons of alcohol was served and of course that was not problem at all for there was a transport system for the wasted fellows. This was the perfect place for people to show all their finest suites, it was the place where lights and colors gleamed until daylight, when the last guests left the party....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 285 words
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Creating Sympathy for The Great Gatsby - Creating Sympathy for The Great Gatsby        In the text, The Great Gatsby, the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald leads us to sympathize with the central character of the text, Jay Gatsby. Fitzgerald evokes our sympathy using non-linear narrative and extended flashbacks as well as imagery, characterization and theme. Through these mediums, Fitzgerald is able to reveal Gatsby as a character who is in an unrelenting pursuit of an unattainable dream. While narrative and imagery reveal him to be a mysterious character, Gatsby's flaw is his ultimate dream which makes him a tragic figure and one with which we sympathize....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Jay Gatsby’s Dangerous Illusions in The Great Gatsby - Jay’s Dangerous Illusions in The Great Gatsby         America is a land of opportunity and hopes and dreams can become reality. The "American Dream" consists of the notion that the struggling poor can achieve financial success through hard work. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, puts this premise to the test while also warning against the dangers of believing too passionately in any dream. The central character, Jay Gatsby, "proves a tragic hero who succeeds financially but fails emotionally when he attempts to hold onto something from the past"(Mizener 126).   Gatsby not only possesses imaginative dreams, but also idealistic illusions....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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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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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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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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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby What is unknown is often talked about as being mysterious, perhaps even ominous. Naturally, many people become curious and want to find out what lurks about in the dark and be able to say that they know what others do not. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, the main character, Jay Gatsby is quite enigmatic. Seclusion and isolation are well known to Gatsby, especially when it comes to his personal life and his history. Throughout the novel, except when with Nick or Daisy, Gatsby asserts himself as an observer, who would rather watch others than to join in with the crowd....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 454 words
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The Ironic Title of The Great Gatsby - The Ironic Title of The Great Gatsby      Titling is a very important part of the fiction-writing process. It is important for authors to be careful in choosing their titles because the titles often can have great influence on certain aspects of the story. In the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the title was formulated with the intention of heightening characterization through the use of irony. When readers start to read this novel, they immediately see a man who seems very glamorous and powerful while they have already been predisposed to seeing him in an alluring light due to the book's title....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Green Light in The Great Gatsby - The Green Light in The Great Gatsby     The image of the green light in the novel Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a significant symbol which reflects Gatsby's dream and other aspects beyond Gatsby's longing.  Throughout the novel Fitzgerald uses many other images or symbols.  At first, it may seem very basic, but when the symbol is closely studied, one may see the deeper meaning found within it. Fitzgerald uses these symbols to make a point across to the reader.  He then uses this point and converts it into a deeper meaning, into a myth about America.  The green light mentioned in the novel clearly represents and is a prime example of this....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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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's Dream - Jay Gatsby's Dream      F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a tragic tale of love distorted by obsession. Finding himself in the city of New York, Jay Gatsby is a loyal and devoted man who is willing to cross oceans and build mansions for his one true love. His belief in realistic ideals and his perseverance greatly influence all the decisions he makes and ultimately direct the course of his life. Gatsby has made a total commitment to a dream, and he does not realize that his dream is hollow....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby 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 Gatsby and the Power of Love - The Great Gatsby and the Power of Love       "It was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which is not likely I shall ever find again." (2). The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel that takes place in the Roaring 20's. It's about a man who changes everything he is for the inaccessible woman of his dreams. After losing her before the war because of his financial status, he finally tries to win her heart back through his newly attained money....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The Great Gatsby: The Sympathetic Readers - The Great Gatsby:   The Sympathetic Readers You can easily become very sympathetic to a character by how the author portrays him or her in a story. In The Great Gatsby the main character is an ostentatious bootlegger who pines for one thing, a married woman. Somehow, the author swindles the reader into being sympathetic for Gatsby throughout the entire novel. Fitzgerald makes the reader compassionate by showing how Gatsby had extravagant parties for anyone who wanted to come, how he struggled to get ahead in life, and how he endeavored for Daisy's love....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 887 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 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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A Freudian Reading of The Great Gatsby - A Freudian Reading of The Great Gatsby       F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby is generally regarded as an excellent novel which expresses much more than the superficial plot. The Great Gatsby could be, however, more complex than the average reader might imagine. The Great Gatsby is often interpreted as the corruption of the American Dream. In this framework, the Buchanans are viewed as the example of irresponsibility and degradation, and Gatsby the embodiment of idealism and sentimentality....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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The Legacy of Romanticism in The Great Gatsby - The Legacy of Romanticism in The Great Gatsby The development of American Literature, much like the development of the nation, began in earnest, springing from a Romantic ideology that honored individualism and visionary idealism. As the nation broke away from the traditions of European Romanticism, America forged its own unique romantic style that would resonate through future generations of literary works. Through periods of momentous change, the fundamentally Romantic nature of American literature held fast, a fact clearly demonstrated in the fiction of F....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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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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Discussing the Greatness of Jay Gatsby - The first thing you see when you pick up the novel is the title. Fitzgerald chose the title ‘The Great Gatsby’ for his novel. This could lead us to believe that he personally believed his character to be great. However, this was not his only title for the book. The original title of the novel was: ‘Trimalchio in West Egg.’ Perhaps Fitzgerald changed the title as his story developed as he came to realise Gatsby’s greatness. However, this could be used to argue the other way, perhaps this original title relates more to the party throwing Gatsby and the hedonistic Jazz Age, suggesting that Gatsby isn’t great....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 1214 words
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The Great Gatsby in the American Classroom - The Great Gatsby in the American Classroom       In determining why The Great Gatsby is so frequently assigned at various education levels, my thoughts reverted to our discussion on the Vendler text and the premise that teachers may be attempting to seduce their students into learning. In connection to this discussion, I reflected on my own classroom and what I hope to achieve with my students. I find the "seduction" of students to be an integral component in teaching students to appreciate the learning process....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]
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Kane, Gatsby, And The American Dream - The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Citizen Kane a movie directed by Orson Welles are both monumental stories in American society as they both represent the American dream at it’s most brilliant high. The Great Gatsby is all about time and the American dream; it is essentially what consumes Gatsby. Both Kane and Gatsby are representations of the American dream, and as we read into their stories we see that time and the dream become so intertwined that it is hard to see them apart....   [tags: American Dream, Great Gatsby]
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Themes in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Themes in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The American Dream On first glance, The Great Gatsby is about a romance between Gatsby and Daisy. The true theme behind this wonderful novel is not merely romance, but is also a very skeptical view of the extinction of the American dream in the prosperous 19s. This loss of the American dream is shown by Fitzgerald's display of this decade as a morally deficient one. He shows its incredible decadence in Gatsby's lavish and ostentatious parties. This materialistic attitude toward life came from the disillusionment of the younger generation of the old Victorian values....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald] 745 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby     Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has more relevance in today’s society than it did when it was written. With the recent societal trend that emphasizes lack of morals and material wealth over a meaningful existence, Fitzgerald’s message really hits home. Which is more important - money or love. Social status or being true to oneself. Fitzgerald uses metaphor and symbols to great effect in order to illustrate what can happen when the pursuit of happiness becomes warped (by American ideals) into the pursuit of money....   [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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