Analysis Of ' The Great Gatsby ' By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Cruelty plays a major part in developing an author’s portrayal of different characters, as well as the connection between these characters and what they represent. As a young writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald grew up in Minnesota, and in many ways his life is paralleled by the background of Nick Carraway, the narrator and a character in his book The Great Gatsby. In this novel, Fitzgerald uses many strategies to develop each character - among these is the cruelty of one character towards another. The most significant act of cruelty in the book is Daisy Buchanan’s role in Myrtle’s death, and her actions following this death. By connecting her to the high class, the author articulates his outlook and attitude towards the ideologies and values of the 1920s. He also presents his beliefs about the impact that these ideals will have on America. Overall, Fitzgerald’s implementation of Myrtle’s death unveils Daisy Buchanan’s careless nature; she represents the indifferent attitude of the high society and the shallow disposition of the women of the time period. Myrtle’s death results from an unconscious act of Daisy. However, Fitzgerald doesn’t include many details about how Daisy reacts to Myrtle’s death, and this reveals Daisy’s response to Myrtle’s death: indifference. By intentionally leaving out these details, he implies that Daisy doesn’t care about Myrtle - merely because she is not of the social elite. Therefore, Daisy’s responses and actions when she learns of the sacrifices that others have made for her reveal her careless nature. Despite her role in the death of Gatsby - someone that she supposedly loves - she just leaves town and doesn’t even take the time to attend his funeral. This displays that Daisy doesn’t truly love Gatsby - ... ... middle of paper ... ...that hinder the efforts of others, only to hide in their wealth and leave others to deal with the problems that they create. Hence, he states that the carelessness of the wealthy is detrimental to the hopes of an American Dream for those who come from a lesser background. Cruelty, throughout the entirety of The Great Gatsby, deepens the reader’s understanding of each character - especially of Daisy. By implementing these acts of cruelty into the plot, Fitzgerald highlights and emphasizes how the unconscious acts of those with power and wealth cause the downfall of others, even despite good intentions. He also criticizes the values of the 1920s and states that these ideals may result in the undoing of America. Although these implications of Fitzgerald were meant for the time period in which the book was written, the 1920s, these theories still hold true today.
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