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The Dangerous Past

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In “The Great Gatsby”, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays a broad spectrum of themes ranging from justice and striving to reach our goals to betrayal and corruption, to social separation based on wealth. This causes most people to see “The Great Gatsby” as a criticism of the materialistic society in the 1920’s. Indeed, Fitzgerald shows how each social stratum has it own special problems and, in particular, discusses what dooms the wealthiest stratum through the narrator, Nick Carraway’s feelings of impending disaster. In chapter six, when Gatsby describes meeting Daisy, Nick reveals to the reader his concern that this could eventually lead to Gatsby’s downfall. Throughout the book Fitzgerald uses strong rhetorical devices to show that Gatsby lives in the past, which he portrays as the undoing of wealthy society through Gatsby’s eventual fall. When reading the passage describing Gatsby‘s overwhelming feelings, you get a strong sense that Carraway clearly sees Gatsby’s internal world: even knowing that world better than Gatsby himself. Through this omniscient narrative perspective, the ...
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