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Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Tragic Hero

- Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Tragic Hero       Aristotle invented a list of criteria in an attempt to determine the exact definition of a tragic hero.  The list states the following - the tragic hero must cause his own down fall; the tragic hero's fate is undeserved; the tragic hero's punishment exceeds his crime; the tragic hero must be a great and noble person according to the standards of the current society.  In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby can be defined as a tragic hero who possesses all of the aforementioned traits.   Jay Gatsby's main desire in life is to become a member of high society, respected more than anyone else.  Gatsby has taken steps to ensure th...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald Hero Papers]

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The American Dream as Shown Through Jay Gatsby

- Jay Gatsby becomes so enthralled in his American Dream and the immoral means that he would use to obtain it, however, that he could not see foreboding events around him. He acts in a manner of obliviousness when many of the people whom he associates with mock him, such as when and an unnamed woman in Gatsby’s house in Chapter VI gives an insincere invitation for Gatsby to come to dinner and, after Gatsby naively accepts the invitation, Tom ridicules him by asking Nick, “Doesn’t he know she doesn’t want him?”(Fitzgerald 103)....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Gatsby's Dream and Daisy's Conflicts in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Gatsby's Dream and Daisy's Conflicts in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Jay Gatsby, the central character of F. Scott Fitzgerald?s The Great Gatsby symbolizes the American dream. The American dream offers faith in the possibility of a better life. Its attendant illusion is the belief that material wealth alone can bring that dream to fruition. Through Gatsby, Fitzgerald brings together both these ideas. Jay Gatsby thinks money is the answer to anything he encounters. He has the best of everything....   [tags: Scott Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Essays]

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Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Parallel between Jesus of Nazareth and Jay Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby:   Parallel between Jesus of Nazareth and Jay Gatsby In his critical essay, “The Mystery of Ungodliness”, Bryce J. Christensen writes about the parallel that F. Scott Fitzgerald creates between Jay Gatsby and Jesus of Nazareth from the New Testament of the Christian Bible. Christensen explains that Fitzgerald once wrote a letter to his friend, John Jamieson, explaining that he was going to write the story of Jay Gatsby’s youth, but he did not because he wanted to maintain the element of mystery that goes along with the novel....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Gatsby's American Dream

- A commonly held tenet among people from all generations is that hard work will ultimately lead to wealth and prosperity. This concept, illustrated in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is known as the American Dream. Although many have this dream today, it is a one in a million chance to attain it, regardless of whether or not a person is tremendously deserving of such success. James Gatz, later known as Jay Gatsby, is a character who experiences this minute probability of the American Dream coming true....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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The Traits of Jay Gatsby

- When looking at Jay Gatsby, one sees many different personalities and ideals. There is the gracious host, the ruthless bootlegger, the hopeless romantic, and beneath it all, there is James Gatz of North Dakota. The many faces of Gatsby make a reader question whether they truly know Gatsby as a person. Many people question what exactly made Jay Gatsby so “great.” These different personas, when viewed separately, are quite unremarkable in their own ways. When you take them together, however, you discover the complicated and unique individual that is Jay Gatsby....   [tags: Literary Analysis: The Great Gatsby]

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The American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- The American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a brilliant illustration of life among the new rich during the 1920s, people who had recently amassed a great deal of wealth but had no corresponding social connections. The novel is an intriguing account about love, money and life during the 1920s in New York. It illustrates the society and the associated beliefs, values and dreams of the American population at that time. These beliefs, values and dreams can be summed up to what is termed the 'American Dream'; a dream of money, wealth, prosperity, and the happiness that supposedly came with the booming economy and the get-rich-quick s...   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald Great Gatsby]

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The Power of the Sun in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- The Power of the Sun in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, there is a constant feeling of movement and the desire to get away. Nick, Gatsby, Wilson, Tom and Daisy all move, or have the intention of moving. Not only does this movement seem to foreshadow events in the book, but it also seems to lead to the conclusion that society as a whole in the 1920's was rather unstable and was undergoing constant change. Not all the characters move in the same way, and this shows how different their backgrounds and lifestyles are....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby]

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The Power of the Sun in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- The Power of the Sun in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, there is a constant feeling of movement and the desire to get away. Nick, Gatsby, Wilson, Tom and Daisy all move, or have the intention of moving. Not only does this movement seem to foreshadow events in the book, but it also seems to lead to the conclusion that society as a whole in the 1920's was rather unstable and was undergoing constant change. Not all the characters move in the same way, and this shows how different their backgrounds and lifestyles are....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby]

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Unfulfilled Dreams in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Unfulfilled Dreams in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Everyone has dreams of being successful in life. When the word American comes to mind one often thinks of the land of opportunity. This dream was apparent with the first settlers, and it is apparent in today’s society. In F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925), he illustrates the challenges and tragedies associated with the American dream. By examining Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan, and Myrtle Wilson through the narrator Nick Carraway, I understand the complex nature of the American dream....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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A Marxist Look at The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- A Marxist Look at “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald      Throughout “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald characterizes the citizens of East Egg as careless in some form. This relates to the prominent class issue seen all through “Gatsby.” It seems as though Daisy and Tom almost look down upon others. At one point in the book, Nick says “in a moment she looked at me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged.” It is because of their belief of superiority that they deem themselves better than other and allows them to live so carelessly....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Dream and The Great Gatsby      The story of America is an exciting one, filled with swift evolution and an amazing energy unprecedented in world history. In America's short existence, it has progressed from a small collection of European rebels to the economically dominant nation that it is today. Mixed up in the provocative reputation of America is the celebrated ideal of the American Dream, the fantasy of complete independence and self-reliance mixed with the opportunity to attain wealth through one's labors....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Money and Corruption in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- Money and Corruption in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby During the time in our country's history called the roaring twenties, society had a new obsession, money. Just shortly after the great depression, people's focus now fell on wealth and success in the economic realm. Many Americans would stop at nothing to become rich and money was the new factor in separation of classes within society. Wealth was a direct reflection of how successful a person really was and now became what many people strived to be, to be rich....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby, wealth, status]

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Degeneration of Women in The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire

- Degeneration of Women in The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire The men they are influenced by and, often, married to, and the circumstances in which they live and work dictate the women’s characters and personalities. In ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, Daisy and Blanche suffer degeneration in terms of their mentality and their morals due to the behaviour and actions of the men in their lives. The male characters act as catalysts in implementing this change, as they alter the lives of others yet are not themselves changed....   [tags: Great Gatsby Streetcar Desire Essays]

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The Genuine Nick Carraway of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Genuine Nick of The Great Gatsby Nick Carraway is a very genuine character throughout the novel. He gets involved with situations such as Daisy and Gatsby, he helps them rekindle their love and he also becomes a true friend with Jay Gatsby. Throughout the novel Nick Carraway starts off not having to many friends, until he starts getting involved other people. It all starts when Jay Gatsby, Nick's neighbour, invites Nick to his party. Nick decides that it would be a great idea so he attends....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatdream F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Seeking the Unattainable Dream

- Great Gatsby - Seeking the Unattainable Dream What is the American Dream. America has evolved from an infant, struggling, nation to become a world power through its unprecedented economic growth. Driven by the tenets of independence, self reliance, and freedom, Americans have had the opportunity to pursue economic success. To many, this is the American Dream; to have freedom and the opportunity to pursue financial freedom. To others, such as Gatsby, Walter, and Jake, the American dream is happiness....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Essay About Love of Money in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby – For the Love of Money     F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous novel, The Great Gatsby (1925), is about many things that have to do with American life in the "Roaring Twenties," things such as the abuse of alcohol and the pursuit of other pleasures, including that elusive entity, the "American dream."  Mainly it is the story of Jay Gatsby, told by Gatsby's friend and neighbor, Nick Carraway, a bonds salesman in New York. Three other important characters are Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, and Myrtle Wilson....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatdream Blurry Dreams in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Blurry Dreams in The Great Gatsby The American Dream is a path people set out upon in order to achieve a goal, usually pertaining to the acquirement of stability and security. The dreams of these people were followed through with strong hope and perseverance. Yet, during the period of the 1920's, this dream was obstructed by the need for materialistic power. Scott Fitzgerald portrays this destruction of the American Dream through the main character, Jay Gatsby, in his novel The Great Gatsby....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Corruption of the American Dream

- Jay Gatsby is a man with a dream and will stop at nothing to attain it.  When he loses the love of his life to a wealthy, sophisticated and bigoted socialite, his mind is set.  Born a poor farm boy, he centers his life around achieving extraordinarily vast amounts of wealth and great social status.  The poor man never gets the girl; in fact, he never gets anything in Gatsby's eyes.  Gatsby is determined not only to be rich, but become the richest man who ever lived.  When he does become the richest man who ever lived, he wants to become the ultimate ruler of the universe.  Gatsby wants to be God.  Nick Carraway, his laid-back and observant neighbor, despises Gatsby's flamboyant and exaggerat...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Dissolution of a Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Dissolution of a Dream in The Great Gatsby     A dream is defined in the Webster's New World Dictionary as: a fanciful vision of the conscious mind; a fond hope or aspiration; anything so lovely, transitory, etc. as to seem dreamlike.  In the beginning pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story gives us a glimpse into Gatsby's idealistic dream which is later disintegrated.  "No- Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elation's of men."  Gatsby is revealed...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Importance of Nick Carraway, Narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Importance of Nick Carraway, Narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby    In The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the narrator, Nick Carraway, tells a story in which Jay Gatsby tries to attain happiness through wealth.  Even though the novel is titled after Gatsby, Nick analyzes the actions of others and presents the story so that the reader can comprehend the theme. Throughout the novel, Nick is the vehicle used to gather all of the pieces together to learn about Gatsby.  Nick is the only character that changes in the novel from the beginning to the end....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Biblical Allusions in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

-      The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of a world lost to superficiality and greed. Falsehood and deception are the currency which fuels the characters in the novel. Dwelling in this fallen world, Fitzgerald has placed a fallen god. Gatsby is bathed in descriptions that identify him as the Son of God. Fitzgerald makes a conscious effort to clothe this character with imagery and actions to make him the patron deity of this fallen world, but Gatsby is too much enveloped by his surroundings to save them and is consumed in the attempt....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Nick Carraway's Self-Interest

- Nick's Self-Interest in The Great Gatsby      In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays a world filled with rich societal happenings and love affairs. His main character, Gatsby, is flamboyant, pompous, and only cares about impressing the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. Nick is Fitzgerald's narrator for the story, and is a curious choice as a narrator because he is of a different class and almost a different world than Gatsby and most of the other characters in the book....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatillus Illusion Vs. Reality in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Illusion Vs. Reality in The Great Gatsby     "A confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished," is how Goethe states not to mistake fantasy for reality. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many of the characters live in an illusory world, though few can see reality.     Fitzgerald presents Jay Gatsby as one character who cannot see reality. "Can't repeat the past. Why of course you can!"(Pg. 116) He focuses so strongly on trying to get what he had in the past that he cannot face the reality that he cannot have Daisy....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Power of Money in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Power of Money in The Great Gatsby       Ex-President Jimmy Carter knows both the power and the limitations of money. He is also aware that the acquisition of money or material wealth is not a worthwhile goal. This was made clear in his speech to the American people when he stated:  "Our great cities and our mighty buildings will avail us not if we lack spiritual strength to subdue mere objects to the higher purposes of humanity" (Harnsberger 14). In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, the author clearly illustrates that Jay Gatsby does not understand the limitations of the power of money....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Futility of the American Dream Exposed in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The ideal of the ‘American Dream’ has hardly changed over the past century. The dream is a unique American phenomenon. It represents a nebulous concept that is exemplified by a number of American values. Many deem wealth and success to be the means to this paradigm. When stability, security and family values also become part of the suburban lifestyle, the American Dream comes close to becoming reality. Nick Carraway, the candid narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby analyzes the legitimacy of this principle through the inevitable downfall of Jay Gatsby....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatlove Money, Love, and Aspiration in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Money, Love, and Aspiration in The Great Gatsby How do the members of such a rootless, mobile, indifferent society acquire a sense of who they are. Most of them don't. The Great Gatsby presents large numbers of them as comic, disembodied names of guests at dinner parties: the Chromes, the Backhyssons, and the Dennickers. Some, of course, have some measure of fame, but even Jordan Baker's reputation does not do much for her other than get her entrée to more parties. A very few, such as Gatsby, stand out by their wealth; his hospitality secures him a hold on many peoples' memories, but Fitzgerald is quick to point up the emptiness of this, [...] In this connection, Fitzgerald's insistenc...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatcolor Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Symbolic Colors in Great Gatsby

- Symbolic Colors in Great Gatsby Colors can accentuate the meanings of a story and explain certain actions of a character. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald applies many important colors that allude to the personality of his characters. The colors given are repeated multiple times so that they can be established. To fully understand the characters of the story, one must recognize the associated colors that are given. Green is the color of "healing, money, prosperity, greed, luck, and fertility"(Nadia Davis)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatdream Trading Life for a Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby - Trading Life for a Dream What is life. Life embodies ones dreams mixed in with successes and most importantly, love. Following this definition, Jay Gatsby lives a fulfilling existence while Nick stays put and ordinary like stagnant water. Life is full of risks and Gatsby risks his life for love and happiness. Even though he did lose his life, he didn't pay too high a price for living too long a single and farfetched dream of true love. Gatsby is the epitome of the American Dream, "his brown, hardening body lived naturally through the half fierce, half lazy work of the bracing days...as a clam digger and a salmon fisher." (104) From this Gatsby beca...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Symbolism is able to produce immense emotions. Fitzgerald applies symbolism to three of the most significant characters in "The Great Gatsby" to illustrate incisive sentiments. Fitzgerald's description of Tom Buchanan's colossal house signifies Tom and his values. The red and white colors of the Buchanan's mansion represent Tom's personality. Red customarily exemplifies impurity and boldness, while white signifies Tom's superior attitude towards other individuals....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Foreshadowing and Flashbacks in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

-       In Fitzgerald’s timeless novel The Great Gatsby, the writing techniques of foreshadowing and flashbacks are carefully used to enhance and  strengthen the story.   " 'Suppose you met somebody just as careless as yourself.'  'I hope I never will,' she [Jordan] answered.  'I hate careless people.  That's why I like you.' " (Fitzgerald, pg. 63)  Jordan is explaining to Nick how she is able to drive badly as long as everyone else drives carefully.  This quote represents the writing technique of  foreshadowing, which is being used in one of its finest form.  Fitzgerald is foreshadowing to chapter seven where Daisy kills Myrtle Wilson because of her reckless driving. ...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Symbols and Symbolism

- Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Symbolism is what makes a story complete.  In "The Great Gatsby" Fitzgerald cleverly uses symbolism.  Virtually anything in the novel can be taken as a symbol, from the weather, to the colors of clothing the characters wear.  There are three main symbols used in The Great Gatsby, they are The East and West Egg, the green light at the end of Daisy's dock, and the eyes of Dr.T.J. Eckleburg.      One of the most important symbols in the novel is class and social  standing....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Decay of a Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Decay of a Dream in The Great Gatsby      The central theme of The Great Gatsby is the decay of the American Dream. Through his incisive analysis  and condemnation  of 1920s high society, Fitzgerald (in the person of the novel¹s narrator, Nick Carraway) argues that the American Dream no longer signifies the noble pursuit of progress; instead, it has become grossly materialistic and corrupt. Fitzgerald¹s novel is structured as an allegory (a story that conceals another story): the terrible death of Jay Gatsby is, by extension, the death of the American Dream....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Double Vision in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby: Double Vision F. Scott Fitzgerald once stated that the test of a first rate intelligence was the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. This intelligence he describes is characterized by the principle of “double vision.” An understanding of this is essential to the understanding of many of Fitzgerald’s novels. “Double vision” denotes two ways of seeing. It suggests the tension involved when Fitzgerald sets two things in opposition such that the reader can, on one hand, sensually experience the event about which Fitzgerald is writing, The foundation of double vision is polarity, the set...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Probing the American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

-      The history of America is filled with rapid change and remarkable energy. "America has progressed from a small collection of European rebels to the economically dominant nation that it is today" (Literature Classics). Entwined in the provocative reputation of America is the celebrated ideal of the American Dream, a fantasy of independence combined with the opportunity to attain wealth through hard work.  At the heart of the American Dream lies the aspiration of eternal bliss, which is always 'just around the corner.' The American Dream does not allow complacency; the need for continual progress is always present, urging one to work a little harder....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatjay F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Lessons from Jay Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby: Lessons from Jay                         In the Novel The Great Gatsby, not many people really knew the man known as Jay Gatsby.  When he was rich and powerful, he was the man you "want to know."  But when he was dead, life went on without him. It seemed as if nobody cared that he was the man behind the parties and all the good times.  He was dead and nobody mourned.  This shows that the opinion of the great Jay Gatsby changed by the end of the story.  He was an icon of not only every man's image of the American Dream, but he was also apart of Americanism and the American Experience.  He was seen as the richest and luckiest man during his time....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Power of Money

- In the preface to Major Barbara, the playwright George Bernard Shaw observes that "money is the most important thing in the world--it represents health, strength, honor, generosity and beauty," but, the poet continues, "it also destroys people as certainly as it fortifies and dignifies others" (Shaw 28). Shaw recognized that many people look toward money, the ultimate representation of materialism, in search of the power that enables them to live. But, money can play many parts in the drama of life....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Faded American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Faded American Dream in The Great Gatsby THESIS: In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby", the American Dream faded away due to materialism, infidelity, and an imposing lack of solidarity.       Hope, perseverance, hard working ambition and adventure are some of the characteristics of the American Dream. However, the American Dream didn't last forever. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" clearly reflects how the society's life was during the roaring twenties and how it led to the American Dream's destruction....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Importance of Money

- Gatsby’s Money Three works Cited Materialism started to become a main theme of literature in the modernist era. During this time the economy was good causing jazz to be popular, bootlegging common, and an affair meaning nothing (Gevaert). This negative view of money and the gross materialism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby serves to be a modern theme in the novel. Throughout the novel, the rich possess a sense of carelessness and believe that money yields happiness. During the whole story, the rich have a sense of carelessness of money and material goods that are usually unobtainable by most....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Free Great Gatsby Essays: Sensational, Blatant, Ugly and Pointless

- The Many Flaws of The Great Gatsby There are a few, very rare, moments where Fitzgerald allows some insights in the characters of his novel, The Great Gatsby. These occasions should be marked red. Most of the time, the story annoys the reader with imaginary pictures of the Golden 20’s, which really were never that golden, or images of our hero, Gatsby. All the wonderful things that critics see in the story: the novel of manners, love, American Dream, and romance have been interpreted into the story long after the fact....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Character of Nick Carroway in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Character of Nick Carroway in The Great Gatsby In his novel, The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the character of Nick Carroway as a decent person. Nick stands out when being compared to the other characters in the story. It is Nick's honesty with himself and toward others, his morality, and his unbiased, slow to judge qualities that make him the novel's best character. The chain of events that occur in the story begin with Nick meeting Jordan Baker at Gatsby's party. It was this meeting that causes Nick to mention the topic of honesty....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Nick Carraway as Narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Role of Nick Carraway as Narrator of The Great Gatsby     In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald presents a specific portrait of American society during the roaring twenties and tells the story of a man who rises from the gutter to great riches. This man, Jay Gatsby, does not realize that his new wealth cannot give him the privileges of class and status. Nick Carraway who is from a prominent mid-western family tells the story. Nick presents himself as a reliable narrator, when actually several events in the novel prove he is an unreliable narrator....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Conflicting Ideals

- Conflicting Ideals in The Great Gatsby Throughout the world, societies can become cruel and unjustified machines. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the morality of a society is clearly revealed through the choices and consequences its characters experience. The two societies within the novel, West Egg and East Egg, create an atmosphere of mixed ideals and morals, so completely opposite of each other. Three examples will be given to support the above thesis. Firstly, Jay Gatsby, arguably the main character, is involved in a number of criminal activities....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Symbolism in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald tried to accent the point that money does not breed happiness. Money causes people to become envious, greedy, and jealous. It compels people to show a persona of arrogance and creates a haze of fog in the air of the world around them. They begin to become oblivious of the outside world and think of themselves as a higher being. This causes lack of acceptance for their responsibilities. I thing the author was also trying to show us that sometimes one can hold on to a dream for so long, and try so hard to achieve it that it can leave you in misery instead of happiness....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Nick Carraway - Biased Narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Nick Carraway - Biased Narrator of The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby, a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is a novel that tells the story of different peoples lives and how they are intertwined with each other. The story is told from the viewpoint of the character Nick Carraway. It is through his eyes and ears that the reader forms their opinions of the other characters. In the novel the characters trust Nick and confide in him quite a bit. He thinks of himself as an open minded non-judgemental, non-partial person....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - A Tarnished American Dream

- The Great Gatsby: A Tarnished American Dream      Thesis: In his influential book The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald recognizes and describes many of the less alluring characteristics of the 1920's and the pursuit of the American Dream including dysfunctional relationships, materialism and classism.       The American dream states that people can work themselves up "from rags to riches" by hard work.1 For this reason, the new society has developed dreams of the blind pursuit of material, wealth, and economic success....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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- The Color of Money in The Great Gatsby A major aspect of The Great Gatsby was the effect that money has on each one of the characters. Money influenced Daisy’s love, it influenced Tom life, influences Nick’s wants, Jordan’s standards, and money also pushed Gatsby to get what he lost. The effect money has on Daisy is noticed from the beginning. She is married to a wealthy man in which she says she loves. The love for her husband is not the same love that she has had with other men. This love is influenced mainly by the amount of money he has....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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- Role of Women in The Great Gatsby   The novel, The Great Gatsby, takes place in the 1920's: a time of rebellious behavior and living life according to the new founded American Dream. The women of this era are portrayed in two different lights in the novel: defiant and foolish. Women began to take a step forward in society during the 1920's and this novel explores these phenomena. As women in the novel start to detach themselves from the stereotypical proper and prim manner in society, there are new stereotypes created....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Essay About Love in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Little Love in The Great Gatsby One would think you would be able to find some sign of true love in the dazzling love story, The Great Gatsby, but that is not necessarily true in my opinion.  In many instances you read about what you would think is love among some of the characters like between Tom and Myrtle for example.  But with them and all the characters there are contradicting instances that say otherwise.     With Tom and Myrtle, you assume he loves her because he is cheating on his wife to be with her.  But he also treats her bad at times both verbally and physically, for instance, when he slaps her for mouthing off and talks to her as though she were inferior to him.  Mome...   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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Essay About Love in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Confusing Love in The Great Gatsby Webster defines love as an ardent affection for someone or thing. Love is a mysterious topic within The Great Gatsby. The majority of the characters in the story claim to love someone, but they either lack the knowledge of the true meaning of love or they just have no conscience. The characters in the story are mostly laid back, and they act like nothing they due has any wrong to it at all. Each character has a different perspective on love. Some do not have it at all, some think they have it, and only a couple truly do have it....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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- Corruption of the Dream in The Great Gatsby   The American Dream describes an attitude of hope and faith that looks forward to the fulfillment of human wishes and desires. What these wishes are, were expressed in Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence of 1776, where it was stated: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and the American Dream

- The Great Gatsby and the American Dream      Webster's dictionary describes the American dream as the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did.  F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby is a literary masterpiece that takes a fascinating look at the nature of the American dream that made its fiery inception during the American War of Independence 1776-83 when it became the central theme of the American Declaration of Independence.   In short, it stated, "we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by God, Creator, with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Hap...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Nick Carraway, Detached or Dishonest?

- The Great Gatsby Nick - Detached or Dishonest. The Great Gatsby is a difficult book to interpret, particularly because of the style in which it is written. Not only must the reader differentiate between the separate views of Nick as the narrator and Nick as the character, but he or she must also take into consideration at what time period, relative to this story, are these views being expressed. After all, Nick the narrator is presently evaluating the manner in which his character behaved the year before, as well as allowing his character to voice his opinion, as his opinion had been during that time frame....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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- Casting Doubt Upon the American Dream in The Great Gatsby  The Great Gatsby' is set in the Jazz Age of America, the 1920s which have come to be seen as a bubble of extravagance and affluence which burst with the Wall Street Crash in 1929. Fitzgerald wrote the book in 1925, and in it he explores the fundamental hollowness which characterized the Age as he saw it, and casts doubt upon the very core of American national identity - the American Dream. The American Dream is a concept elegantly simple and yet peculiarly hard to define....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and the Jazz Age

- The Great Gatsby The Jazz Age In 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald said that “An author ought to write for the youth of his generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterwards.” Fitzgerald wrote about what he saw during the 1920’s, which he dubbed “The Jazz Age,” and The Great Gatsby is considered a correct depiction of that era. After World War I, many Americans felt a distrust toward foreigners and radicals because they held them responsible for the war. These beliefs led to a revival of the Ku Klux Klan, a racist, anti-Catholic, and anti-Semitic group....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Essay About Love and Commandment Number Six in The Great Gatsby

- Love and Commandment Number Six in The Great Gatsby In the story The Great Gatsby, the word love is used a great deal. But of all the times, is it ever used in the proper and true manner. The story makes you think a great deal about love, marriage, and in a way relationship with God. By relationships with God I mean, that in the commandments, number six, is thou shall not commit adultery. First of all, Tom and Daisy are married so they should be loyal and faithful to each other, especially because of the fact they have a daughter....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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Reality and Illusion in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Reality and Illusion in The Great Gatsby   The disparity between illusion and reality plays a very large part in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and one scene in particular, that in which narrator Nick Carraway leaves a soiree held by two acquaintances, Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson (Fitzgerald 41-42), functions mainly to explore this issue. Offering a striking view of this disparity, the scene epitomizes Fitzgerald’s constant struggle to discern between the showy, glittery image of American society in the 1920’s and the reality of the hollowness and insincerity which this image struggles to mask....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Daisy and Myrtle: The Women of The Great Gatsby        Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a fascinating work that details the corruptive influence of greed. The main character is a man named Gatsby. The two main female characters are Daisy and Myrtle. These two women provide an interesting contrast while complementing each other at the same time. Daisy is living a life of luxury while Myrtle is struggling to make ends meet. They both play major roles in the novel, and, although their intentions seem pure and promising enough, they both are doomed to succumb to greed which causes eventual death....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Comparison of the Presentation of the Characters Jay Gatsby and Dick Diver from The Great Gatsby

- Comparison of the Presentation of the Characters Jay Gatsby and Dick Diver from The Great Gatsby      F. Scott Fitzgerald is known as a writer who chronicled his times. This work has been critically acclaimed for portraying the sentiments of the American people during the 1920s and 1930s. ‘The Great Gatsby’ was written in 1924, whilst the Fitzgeralds were staying on the French Riviera, and ‘Tender is the Night’ was written nearly ten years later, is set on, among other places, the Riviera. There are very interesting aspects of these works, such as the way Fitzgerald treats his so-called heroes, and to what extent we can call them heroic....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Essays]

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Free Great Gatsby Essays: The Ideal Self – Made Man

- The Great Gatsby and the Ideal Self – Made Man In the same way that the all-embracing concept of the American Dream suffered certain degradation during the course of its historical development, so, too, the noble 19th century ideal of the self-made man was conveniently adapted to suit the moral climate of the 1920s. Referring to Fitzgerald's main character in his novel "The Great Gatsby", the young James Gatz is obviously modeled in this aspect of personality upon Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), who is often quoted as the earliest example of this particular type of "homo americanus"....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Fitzgerald's Exploration of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- Fitzgerald's Exploration of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a one of the best stories written during a chaotic period in our nation’s history, The Jazz Age. The Twenties were a time of social experiments, self-indulgence, and dissatisfaction for majority of Americans. Fitzgerald depicts all these characteristics throughout the novel with his interesting themes, settings, and characters. The most elaborate and symbolic character Fitzgerald presents to his readers is Jay Gatsby....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Essays]

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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby

-      “The American Dream“: what does it mean. Wealth, material possessions, and power are the core values of “The American Dream.” For many Americans, the dream is based solely upon reaching a higher standard of living. Gatsby was one of these Americans who lived his whole life in pursuit of wealth and power.      Gatsby based his whole self-being on how much money he earned and the possessions he had. He felt that with money came many other advantages to life. Gatsby’s sole purpose for acquiring wealth was to win back his old love....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Essays]

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Trapped in a Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Trapped in a Dream in The Great Gatsby         F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a unique in that Fitzgerald does not describe the events in chronological order. Instead, a first-person narrator, Nick Carraway, presents the story as a series of flashbacks. The novel centers around its title character, Jay Gatsby, a rich West Egg citizen who is known for his exuberant parties. Before he left to fight in World War I, the Great Gatsby fell in love with Daisy Fay. He eagerly awaited his return to the United States, but by the time he had arrived, Daisy had already married Tom Buchanan....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Innocence in Daisy Miller, My Antonia, and the Great Gatsby

- Innocence in Daisy Miller by Henry James, My Antonia by Willa Cather and the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is not as easy as it seems to distinguish who is innocent and who is not. Innocence is a cultural concept which is usually confusing. An act that is naïve and normal in one society can be a public disgrace in another. Then a question comes to mind: What is innocence. Challenging the norms of a society makes a person totally wicked. What spoils or preserves innocence. The word innocence is ambiguous....   [tags: Daisy Miller, My Antonia, Great Gatsby]

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Consequences of Nick Carraway as Narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- The Importance of Nick Carraway as Narrator of The Great Gatsby   In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald critiques the disillusionment of the American Dream by contrasting the corruption of those who adopt a superficial lifestyle with the honesty of Nick Carraway. As Carraway familiarizes himself with the lives of Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Jay Gatsby, he realizes the false seductiveness of the New York lifestyle and regains respect for the Midwest he left behind. "Fitzgerald needs an objective narrator to convey and prove this criticism, and uses Carraway not only as the point of view character, but also as a counter example to the immorality and dishonesty Carraway finds in New Y...   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Perspective of Nick Carraway, Narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Narrator's Perspective in The Great Gatsby       Nick Carraway has a special place in this novel. He is not just one character among several, it is through his eyes and ears that we form our opinions of the other characters. Often, readers of this novel confuse Nick's stance towards those characters and the world he describes with those of F. Scott Fitzgerald's because the fictional world he has created closely resembles the world he himself experienced. But not every narrator is the voice of the author....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Religion of Money in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby -

- The Religion of Money in The Great Gatsby       Near the beginning of George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, Mr. Undershaft exclaims in retort of another's question, "well, I am a millionaire, and that is my religion" (Shaw 103). Many people look toward the heavens in search of the power to enable them to live in the world. Others, like Shaw's Mr. Undershaft, look toward more earthly subjects to obtain their power and symbolize their status. Often these subjects, such as money, wealth, or physical beauty and ability, give their owners an overbearing sense of power and ability in all of that they do....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Nick Carraway as Narrator

- The narrative point of view adopted by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby supports the novel's criticism of the upper class and the importance of wealth in society. Fitzgerald uses Nick Carraway as the narrator who views the upper class as entirely superficial. Through his observation of people at Gatsby's party, at the beginning of chapter three, Nick seems to feel that the wealthy are clones of a stereotype accepted and created by themselves. To him it seems as though this society is based on appearance and recognition and judges people according to how much they own rather than what they believe in....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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A Night at Gatsby ´s Mansion

- A Night at Gatsby ´s Mansion There was a clear combination of the people that went to the party, high society people with lots of money, people with much less money and new rich people. Gatsby ´s party was the result of an intense preparation made buy Gatsbys servants. There was a huge amount of the finest food around, tons of alcohol was served and of course that was not problem at all for there was a transport system for the wasted fellows. This was the perfect place for people to show all their finest suites, it was the place where lights and colors gleamed until daylight, when the last guests left the party....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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The American Dream in Citizen Kane and The Great Gatsby

- The United States of America is the most powerful and wealthy country in the world. The varieties of class, individuality, religion, and race are a few of the enrichments within the "melting pot" of our society. The blend of these numerous diversities is the crucial ingredient to our modern nation. Even though America has been formed upon these diversities, its inhabitants- the "average American"- have a single thing in common; a single idea; a single goal; the American Dream....   [tags: Citizen Kane, The Great Gatsby]

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An Analysis of Two Scenes in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- An Analysis of Two Scenes in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby         Juxtaposing two scenes in a narrative allows them to be easily compared and contrasted.  In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, two such scenes require specific attention.  The impromptu party that is thrown by Tom Buchanan and his mistress, Myrtle Wilson, followed immediately by Jay Gatsby's party at his house, call for the attention of the reader because of the implications of these contiguous scenes.  The result of analyzing the two scenes is that one can infer certain qualities of each man's character.  By paying specific detail to the décor of the parties, the respect that each character commands fr...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays F. Scott Fitzgerald ]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1924 portrays the young and the wealthy enduring city life and superficial quarrels. Throughout Fitzgerald's array of accurate descriptions of the haughty upper class and the depressing realizations of the down-and-out forgotten society, stand his interpretations of how reality was truly defined in the 1920s. There are 5 main characters in this novel starting with the protagonist, Nick Carraway who narrates the story from his perspective....   [tags: Fitzgerald Gatsby]

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Jay Gatsby

- The novel, The Great Gatsby focuses on one of the focal characters, James Gatz, also known as Jay Gatsby. He grew up in North Dakota to a family of poor farm people and as he matured, eventually worked for a wealthy man named Dan Cody. As Gatsby is taken under Cody’s wing, he gains more than even he bargained for. He comes across a large sum of money, however ends up getting tricked out of ‘inheriting’ it. After these obstacles, he finds a new way to earn his money, even though it means bending the law to obtain it....   [tags: Great Gatsby, Character Analysis]

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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald In a majority of literature written in the 20th century, the theme of the ' American Dream" has been a prevalent theme. This dream affects the plot and characters of many novels, and in some books, the intent of the author is to illustrate the reality of the American Dream. However, there is no one definition of the American Dream. Is it the right to pursue your hearts wish, to have freedom to do whatever makes one happy....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby In the beginning F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Nick states “No—Gatsby turned out all right in the end…” Nick sees many faces of Gatsby that no one has ever really seen before. He sees all of the emotions a human being can have. He sees Gatsby as a man in love, a good friend, and a man that wants everyone to be happy. Gatsby is so in love with Daisy Buchanan he would wait an eternity for her. Gatsby and Daisy found love at first sight while he was in the army....   [tags: Fitzgerald Gatsby Essays]

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- The American Dream is Alive and Well in 2002 "...One Nation, under God, indivisible, with justice for all." Most Americans have heard and said this pledge to allegiance hundreds of times. The question is, do we really believe in the power of its meaning. It's a shame that America, land of the free, is also the land of capitalism, scandal and discrimination. Though we have the freedom to bear arms, freedom of speech, and freedom of religious and political affiliation, some Americans claim that they do not have the freedom to be themselves....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby James Gatz, better known as Jay Gatsby is the main character in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This novel is a story about Gatsby, and his relentless pursuit of his one and only dream and goal: Daisy Buchannon. Gatsby and Daisy met in 1917, five years prior to the setting of the novel. The fell in love immediately and spent countless hours together. After a month, Gatsby, at the time a lieutenant, was summoned to go off and fight in World War One....   [tags: Fitzgerald Gatsby Literature Analysis]

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The Character of James Gatsby

- The Character of James Gatsby There is a saying that each person is actually three people: Who he is, who he thinks he is, and who others think he is. Who Jay Gatsby thinks he is, is what he has invented. Who others think he is, is wildly speculative. Yet the answer is elusive to who is Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is the most shadowy figure in terms of reader knowledge. Yet he is the only character that at the end of the story turns out, ironically, the most truthful. Who Gatsby is, we find out, is shown in contrast to the other characters and their behavior....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Philosophy of Gatsby

- This book, The Great Gatsby, is a tale of deceit and the silent despair in the world of the human. Everything is not what it is made out to look like and often convincing as such. It is created by and creates the fear of being left in that portal which is the object of escape and the depths of despair. It shows life is a whirlwind which cannot be controlled, and many times even for the sick is not wished to be controlled because humans are too worrisome over what will and will not be and would rather turn their backs than face what is real....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Jay Gatsby's Dream

- Jay Gatsby's Dream      F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a tragic tale of love distorted by obsession. Finding himself in the city of New York, Jay Gatsby is a loyal and devoted man who is willing to cross oceans and build mansions for his one true love. His belief in realistic ideals and his perseverance greatly influence all the decisions he makes and ultimately direct the course of his life. Gatsby has made a total commitment to a dream, and he does not realize that his dream is hollow....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Essays]

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