Theme Of Death In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is a novel that was written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In his most famous book, Fitzgerald talks about American society in the 1920s. After World War I, the economy was booming. The economy was growing very fast, and was experiencing unprecedented prosperity. People began to focus on their money and wealth, they gradually lost themselves, lost many traditions and their morals. Gatsby’s death can illustrate the corrupt society of 1920s. From The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald points out several ideas to prove that 1920s society was realistic. Fitzgerald explained his satirical portrait through Gatsby’s rise to wealth, his death and Daisy’s vanity. Jay Gatsby’s death illustrates Fitzgerald’s satirical portrait…show more content…
Daisy symbolizes of beauty and wealth. She may have loved Gatsby in the past, but she changed after she married Tom. Tom is from old money, and gives Daisy the type of prosperous life. She was used to when she is reunited with Gatsby, Gatsby stills love her even though he noticed that Daisy has changed. “‘Her voice is full of money,’ he said suddenly” (Pg 128), Gatsby notices how wealth has changed Daisy from the woman he used to know. During the long time waiting for Daisy, money changed society, value placed on things, and people have bad behavior. Five years have passed and Gatsby realizes that their love is not the same. He wanted to prove that he has become successful by getting Daisy back. Daisy is the final proof he needs to show off his success. Daisy wanted to keep Gatsby in her life, but did not want to lose her relationship with Tom. From Gatsby’s death, we can tell that Daisy is a very selfish person. Daisy is actually the person who killed Myrtle, but she didn’t go to surrender. She chose to let Gatsby take the blame which leads to his death. “I called up Daisy half an hour after we found him, called her instinctively and without hesitation. But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them.” (Pg 172) Daisy and Tom left right after the accident, so they would not get involved. Daisy was in love with Gatsby, and when Gatsby died for her, she left him. This shows how selfish Daisy is. Gatsby loves Daisy more than himself, but Daisy is the opposite, she only cares about herself. Fitzgerald satirizes 1920’s society, upper class morals and traditions changed, women becoming more independent and focusing on themselves and not their role as wife or
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