What Is The Synthesis Of The Great Gatsby

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Alli Craig AP Language Mr. Ruddy October 11, 2015 The Great Gatsby Synthesis Essay Nick Carraway the voice telling the story “The Great Gatsby” but the mastermind giving it purpose is the author Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald lived a lifestyle that was very similar to the one we see in Nick. He was also a very average man placed into a society of over the top lifestyles and extravagant wealth possibly reflecting how Fitzgerald felt as an average person in thriving time period being the 1920’s where people would do anything to pursue the American Dream. People especially the rich, primarily valued money over basic morals. Nick speaks for Fitzgerald and that’s the novels mission is an essentially straightforward criticism of the “American Dream.”…show more content…
Nick believes the American Dream, this is examined in Claire Stocks criticism, she states, “ Is that he believes the American Dream. Nether less, it is only Nick (whose inherited wealth is on the decline and who identifies with Gatsby’s desire to improve his social standing” (Claire Stocks 4) Nick understands the feeling and does not show judgment towards Gatsby, yes he looks down for the illegal things Gatsby does but, not for the wealth and big parties, he understands. Rather, William Voegeli A critic of “Gatsby and the pursuit of happiness” shows a different side to this, he states, “Nick rents, Gatsby buys, and the Buchanans inherit,” also stating “”you’re no better than anybody else and no one else is better than you” (William Voegeli 1) Which shown in the novel is not true, Nick is a middle class character compared to the magnificent West Egg class. He gets on his feet just because of his father 's money. These people are not equal, when it comes to society, they may have the same rights but when it comes to what they can and can not do there is a line drawn. Yes you can 't put all your value on money but, the lack of money can create a stopper in society. So yes, Nick was taught not to judge, that not all people have the things you do but, as he goes through the story he sees a change that he wants everyone to be in uniform because he can 't stand the empowerments of money anymore. Nick states, “When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into
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