The Great Gatsby Analysis

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“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past,” (Pg. 180) the last line of the novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, meaning there is a hopeless with respect to personal progress and ultimately our destiny does not push us forward but alas backward into the past. Hence we are tethered to our past forever. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald swept his readers away with his imaginative and somewhat of an autobiographical portrayal of the 1920’s terms, “old money” and “good money.” In this imaginative and autobiographical portrayal of the 1920’s, Fitzgerald also tells of a man named Gatsby and his desperate search for a lost dream. Ultimately, however F. Scott Fitzgerald writes The Great Gatsby with much complex characters, symbolic references, and themes to enhance and enrich his electric, 1920’s novel. With attention to, The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald uses complex characters to enhance and enrich his 1920’s novel. For many one only thinks about the “American Dream,” this including Nick Carraway (the narrator and a main character of the novel). For some, however, striving for and realizing that dream corrupted them, as they acquired wealth only to pursue pleasure. Even though the characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby appear to relish the freedom of the 1920s, their lives demonstrate the emptiness that results when wealth and pleasure become ends in themselves. Specifically, the empty lives of three characters from this novel—George Wilson, Jay Gatsby, and Daisy Buchanan—show that chasing hollow dreams results only in misery. Adding on to these complex characters, George Wilson dreams of becoming a successful businessman. Wilson depends on selling Tom’s car and Ni... ... middle of paper ... ...says “I’ve been here too long. I want to get away. My wife and I want to go west” (page 130). The want to follow the American dream and move westwards to make a better life for themselves. All in all, Fitzgerald uses one of the best themes, which is the American Dream. Summarizing once again, F. Scott Fitzgerald writes The Great Gatsby with much complex characters, symbolic references, and themes to enhance and enrich his electric, 1920’s novel. Once again, Fitzgerald uses a variety of complex character whether it be towards money or even towards love. Also, Fitzgerald has a way of using symbolic references like the green light to enhance and enrich his 1920’s novel. Finally, Fitzgerald uses one of the best themes, which is the American Dream. Overall, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel that is unforgotten of the terms “old money” and “good money.”

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