The Great Gatsby And The Scarlett Letter Analysis

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As the eras changed, American culture did as well. Literary works including The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne reveal to us two main characters that were alienated by their societies and not valued for their true worth as individuals. Both main characters in these novels endure an identity crisis which then leads to them becoming their own tragic hero/heroine. Both F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby and Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlett Letter, depict characters that reinvent themselves to conform to their own ideas of how they should live and how people should perceive them. In both contexts, the main characters are both, in a way, trapped in their lifestyles. Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby had spent his whole life dedicating himself to win a beautiful girl (not of the same status) and Hester Prynne of The Scarlett Letter not being able to be herself because her perfect Puritan society didn’t accept the fact that she was an individual. In the end, both characters leave their marks and leave us as readers to decipher our thoughts and opinions on them.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald reveals to us our narrator Gatsby’s neighbor and cousin of the lovely, but shallow Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, who construes to us about the infamous and mysterious Jay Gatsby. From the lavish parties, living in the fictional West Egg, and symbolic yellow car, who is Jay Gatsby? Jay Gatsby is a man blinded by his own greed and imagination. All he wants in life is money and love and the only way he affords his lavish lifestyle is by participating in crime. The era that this story takes place in, which is the 20’s, an era of economic prosperity, reflects greatly on the action...

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