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Themes in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

When reading a book you should be transported into a world that you can both relate to but also learn from. In the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald you are effectively transported into the early twentieth century. You see many things that people living in 1922 would have to go through as well as things that are still relatable to today. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald shows you many images to effectively convey and highlight his themes of the innocence and lose of innocence, differences in social classes, and the american dream.
One of the main idea’s that Fitzgerald showed was the innocence of a character and their lose of innocence. We start to see the innocence in the character’s at the begin of the book and as the book goes on it starts to evolve into more experienced and corrupted characters. Daisy was one of the biggest changes in this way though out the book. As the book begins Daisy’s home is introduced with the colour white, for example on Daisy’s house even the windows are painted white. "The windows were ajar and gleaming white" (p. 7). Then as soon as Nick meet Daisy and Jordan the colour white is introduced again, "They were both in white" (p. 7). Daisy later describes her childhood as “white girlhood” this shows us that white represents the innocence because childhood is the most innocent time in someone’s life. Although by the end of the book Daisy has lost both her innocence and her pure white colour, she is now she “was young and her artificial world was redolent of orchids and pleasant, cheerful snobbery and orchestras which set the rhythm of the year, summing up the sadness and suggestiveness of life in new tunes. All night the saxophones wailed the hopeless comment of the Beale Street Blues while a hun...

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...gastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. In this quotation So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. (p.115). In this quotation Fitzgerald is telling us that even when the dreams of your past have moved on humanity as a whole will away look back.
Due to the fact that F. Scott Fitzgerald used such powerful imagery when describing his themes of the innocence and lose of innocence, differences in social classes, and the american dream we were able to be transported into the 1920’s. With each colour description to help us understand the mood and tone of the book, our minds were able to feel what we were reading.
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