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Illusion and Reality in The Great Gatsby

- Illusion and Reality in The Great Gatsby       The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about one man's disenchantment with the American dream. In the story we get a glimpse into the life of Jay Gatsby, a man who aspired to achieve a position among the American rich to win the heart of his true love, Daisy Fay. Gatsby's downfall was in the fact that he was unable to determine that concealed boundary between reality and illusion in his life.    The Great Gatsby is a tightly structured, symbolically compressed novel whose predominant images and symbols reinforce the idea that Gatsby's dream exists on borrowed time....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Jay Gatsby's Illusions in Fitzgerald’s American classic "The Great Gatsby"

- In life, what we perceive tends to show misconception in how the thought plays out. A good example would be the character Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic: The Great Gatsby. Gatsby was unable to distinguish between his love for Daisy, a reality, versus the illusion that he could recapture her love by establishing and inventing a fraudulent past. He believed he could repeat the past, and acquire a flaunting wealth. In the novel, Jay Gatsby seems incompetent in establishing a difference between the realities of his life versus the illusion he made out....   [tags: Fitzgerald, Great Gatsby, reality, ]

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Illusions and Reality in The Great Gatsby

-      According to Cynthia Wu, no matter how many critical opinions there are on The Great Gatsby, the book basically deals with Gatsby's dream and his illusions (39). We find out from the novel that Jay Gatsby is not even a real person but someone that James Gatz invented. Wu also tells us that Gatsby has illusions that deal with romance, love, beauty, and ideals (39). Wu also points out that Gatsby's illusions can be divided into four related categories: he came from a rich upper class family, a never ending love between him and Daisy, money as the answer to every problem, and reversible time....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Discover the Hidden Reality in The Great Gatsby

- ... He helped him reconnect with Daisy and supported him loyally till his funeral. Meanwhile, Nick is a really nice person who cares and seems like he is always there for Daisy. Although he does not do the right thing when it comes to helping her choose between Tom and Jay, he just leaves the scene, probably because he did not want to take sides, as he was a close friend with all three parties of that conflict. “At this point Jordan and [Nick] tried to go, but Tom and Gatsby insisted with competitive firmness that [they] remain” (Fitzgerald 7, 130)....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, story analysis]

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The False Reality of the American Dream in the Great Gatsby

- ... The one thing that Gatsby wants more than anything is to have Daisy by his side for the rest of his life. Gatsby eventually reunites Daisy and his dream has finally come true. But Gatsby wants more, “[Gatsby] wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she go to Tom and say: “I never loved you.” After she had obliterated four years with that sentence they could decide upon more practical measures to be taken.” (Fitzgerald 109). Gatsby wanted more and more of Daisy and he will not rest until she tells Tom that she never loved him....   [tags: story analysis, F.Scott Fitzgerald]

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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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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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The Thin Line between Dreams and Reality in The Great Gatsby

- The Thin Line between Dreams and Reality in The Great Gatsby Differentiating between reality and dreams can be difficult in a world of wealth, lies, and alcoholism. The characters of The Great Gatsby seem to live the lives of Greek gods, believing that they are immortal and immune to the perils of common people. They party all day and all night, dressed in evening wear (as opposed to a work suit) sipping on expensive liquors. They have no sense of the lives led on the other side of town (or down Mt....   [tags: Papers]

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Blue Blooded Reality in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Often times there are two natures that reside within a character that both conflict and complement each other. A Yin and a Yang in a personality is clearly expressed in the character of Tom Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby. In one respect, Tom exemplifies brute and sheer domination through willpower and strength. However, due to his class and social standing he exhibits his overwhelming presence with finesse that is not entirely his own but instead placed upon him through his wealth....   [tags: conflict, anger, wealth]

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Lies and Deciet in The Great Gatsby

- Lying has deadly effects on both the individual who lies and those around them. This concept is demonstrated in The Great Gatsby. Although Gatsby, Tom and Myrtle have different motives for being deceitful, they all lie in order to fulfill their desires and personal needs. Myrtle’s desire to be wealthy is illustrated when she first meets Tom, dressed in his expensive clothing, as her attitude changes when she puts on the luxurious dress and when she encourages Tom to buy her a dog. Tom’s deception is clear when he hides his affair with Myrtle by placing Myrtle in a different train, withholding the truth from Mr....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby Research Report

- I. Introduction In 1896 F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. After growing up in Minnesota he moved to start a career and marry Zelda, the girl he loved. He published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920; the novel was a success and Fitzgerald quickly became one of the most famous young writers of the time. “F. Scott Fitzgerald eagerly embraced his newly minted celebrity status and embarked on an extravagant lifestyle that earned him a reputation as a playboy and hindered his reputation as a serious literary writer”(F....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- A desire of human existence is finding the way back to the Garden. Humans all seek the ultimate serenity that thrives in the Garden. Serenity is exhibited through a state of mind, so arguably, the Garden is a concept. As a result, of the conceptualized Garden, humans are incapable of physically find their way back to the Garden. Therefore, to encounter a true sense of tranquility, humans must become independent from their physical existence. As a result, of the desire to return to the Garden, in American Literature, a psychological conception of the American Garden emerges from various texts, such as The Great Gatsby by F....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... The synopsis of the book and the movie are mostly the same. “The dialogues that the characters in the movie used were directly from the book.” (Scott) The American Dream theme is exactly the same, as well in the movie and book, and how the American Dream is something that an individual’s own conscience desires. Meaning everyone has their own unique American Dream. For example, to Jay Gatsby, the American Dream in the movie and in the novel was to get affluent, and with this, he wanted to charm Daisy Buchanan....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Gatsby is a character that is very wealthy but it is not corrupted by his money. The reason he wanted to become wealthy was to show Daisy what he can have so he can impress her and hopefully win her back. Fitzgerald shows the American Dream very clearly in this book. Gatsby who did not come from a wealthy family, later becomes very wealthy after he comes back from the war and starts doing sneaky business with people. The only way he could get crazy rich in such little time was to do “bootlegging and gambling” business....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... When first analyzing the color blue itself, it is usually associated with sadness and calmness, which is exactly how it is used throughout the novel to represent Gatsby’s inner feelings. This color is referred to when describing Gatsby’s garden, Its first appearance is in chapter three, “in his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars (Fitzgerald 39),” and also used in this same chapter to describe the uniform of his chauffeur, however not the only time Gatsby’s home is portrayed to be blue as it is once again made prominent in that later chapters of the book....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... The green light symbolises Daisy, a dream that nobody can ever really get their hands on, it only flashes before going away, in contrast to the American Dream. Gatsby tries to attain her via his pursuit of the American Dream, which he viewed as his improvement by gaining wealth. Fitzgerald’s characterisation of Jay Gatsby is an underlying message to a society of that time, in attaining the American Dream it is important to realise that some dreams are just that, Gatsby only loved Daisy in his memory and relied upon a corruption of the American Dream to achieve her....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... While Tom and Daisy do not list every single person from this page, they make the same observations, showing how close this version parallels Fitzgerald 's intentions of dialogue and occurrences. The Great Gatsby (1974) creates a more realistic, less fanciful image of wealthy life in the roaring twenties, with historically accurate music and dancing, conversations as described in the book, and clothing resembling what would have been available during the time period. Thus, by dark lighting and the previously mentioned assets, the film successfully follows Fitzgerald’s theme of loneliness amongst a large crowd and doesn’t distract the viewer with inaccuracies to do so....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Daisy could not tell him that she did not love Tom. The realization that Daisy still had feelings for Tom Buchanan, crushed Gatsby’s thrill of having her. Fitzgerald left the sentence, "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic 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 one fine morning—” (189), unfinished due to the fact that Gatsby felt unfinished when he came home without Daisy the night of the accident....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- We all have dreams that we fantasize so much that they may be in contrast to reality. We have all experienced the utter disappointment of having the harsh reality of the world make itself known to us. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald presents us Nick Caraway, a meek Midwesterner both intrigued and repulsed by the roaring extravagance of the East in the 1920s. Nick’s enthusiasm and confidence to establish a successful life in New York is betrayed when he experiences the underlying emptiness and corruption to the morality of the upper class forcing him to reconsider his adaptability to this modern lifestyle....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

- In my opinion it was be very difficult to argue that Jay Gatsby was an admirable, heroic or “great” person who accomplished the American Dream when one considers the way the story played out at the end. At almost every turn he is at odds with the ideals of the dream because he originally came upon his fortune in an illegal and arguably unethical manner. Similarly, he seems to believe that everything in life can simply be bought – Daisy’s love, the respect of his peers and social status in general....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby]

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Free Great Gatsby Essays: The Truly Great Gatsby

- The Truly Great Gatsby Is his novel the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates Gatsby as a character who becomes great. He begins life as just an ordinary, lower-class, citizen. But Gatsby has a dream of becoming wealthy. After meeting Daisy, he has a reason to strive to become prominent. Throughout his life, Gatsby gains the title of truly being great. Even before Gatsby is introduced, he is hinted at being out of the ordinary. The first evidence of this is when Nick says, "Gatsby turned out all right at the end." (2) Nothing was known about Gatsby at the time and Nick is already saying Gatsby was okay....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Dreams in The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

- A dream is an intangible paradise. In the heavenly world of a dream, all hopes are within reach, and time knows no defined direction. To dream is to believe in the existence of the limitless realm. To dream is to be consumed by the passion and beauty of life, for although a dream may never become a reality, the true substance of a dream is its place in the heart. Jay Gatsby is a dreamer. He believes that the future can return him to his past and to his love, Daisy. Time blocks Gatsby’s dream, for Daisy has made Gatsby a mere memory by marrying Tom Buchanan....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Downfall Of The American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- Authors use symbolism in their written expressions in order to enhance the thematic interests of the novel. The use of symbolism allows the reader to interpret the story, which in turn, stimulates a more personal, imaginative, and meaningful experience. Scott F. Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, became an instant classic because of the symbolism used to enhance the theme throughout the novel. Without this symbolism, the theme of the withering American Dream would have been less than adequate, and the book would have never attained the status and popularity among readers that it does today....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Dreams and Corrupt Societies in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart” (Fitzgerald 95-6). Gatsby essentially shaped his entire life around the fact that he would one day win Daisy back, and he is incessantly determined to do so, but without her, his life is essentially meaningless and his efforts are futile. His dream of an ideal life is too heavily based off of Daisy, because when she chooses Tom, Gatsby is left with nothing but a broken dream, which leads to his downfall and death....   [tags: society, reality, tom, daisy]

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In The Great Gatsby, Is Gatsby Truly Great?

-   Is great Gatsby truly great. It seems so according to Nick Carraway, the narrator in the novel of “The Great Gatsby.” Nick has a moral background that allows him to judge Jay Gatsby accordingly. His descriptions did not only creates sympathy, but also made Gatsby, the outlaw bootlegger, somehow admirable. F. Scott Fitzgerald presented this ethical trick to expose people’s delusions about the American dream, and uses Nick to show sympathy for strivers.   At the roaring ages of 1920s, the booming economy brings up the notion of American dream....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Method of Narration in ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F Scott Fitzgerald

- Method of narration is the writer’s crucial tool in conveying his story and with it his characters and message. In ‘The Great Gatsby’, F Scott Fitzgerald deploys this tool effectively to tell the tale of Jay Gatsby, a self-made man on a quest to find and win back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, through the eyes of Nick Carraway. As well as reflecting on the dreams and tragedy of that summer in Long Island, Nick’s narration gives us essential insight into the characters and key issues that Fitzgerald addresses....   [tags: narrators, Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald,]

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Comparing Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet And The Great Gatsby

- Essay 4: Comparative Analysis of Two Texts When comparing two texts, one must look at the characters and themes to find similarities and differences and we see a similarity with the theme of accepting reality in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and The Great Gatsby. There are differences in both texts with the way the characters fight reality but the outcome is the same. The power of love in both texts is looked at as more important than social priorities and the main characters will do anything to get what they want and it results in death....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Love]

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The Great Gatsby and the American Dream

- Introduction F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby”, is one of the few novels he wrote in 1925. The novel takes place during the 1920’s following the 1st World War. It is written about a young man named Nick, from the east he moved to the west to learn about the bond business. He ends up moving next to a mysterious man named Gatsby who ends up giving him the lesion of his life. After love circles with Gatsby and his cousin Daisy, lastly Jordan and gossip resulting with killings end up discussed over his experience resulting going back east....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The greatness of an individual can be defined in terms far beyond tangible accomplishments. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby's greatness comes from his need to experience success and his will to achieve his dreams. Nick Carraway narrates the story, and his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, is Gatsby's love. Daisy, however, is married to Tom Buchanan, a wealthy, arrogant womanizer who despises Gatsby. Gatsby feels the need to be successful and wealthy, and his participation in a bootlegging operation allows him to acquire the wealth and social status needed to attract Daisy....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Essays]

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Free Essays - The Mirage in The Great Gatsby

- The Mirage in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a book of love and tragedy that all leads back to dreams and ideas, but never reality. Gatsby is a man of great wealth and is truly rich. Or is he. The Great Gatsby has many disguises that play a major role in several characters' lives, but mostly Gatsby's'. Gatsby believes that he will be very successful and get what he wants, including Daisy, if he is rich. He succeeded in getting money and living a life of luxury, but is never truly rich....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Any American is taught a dream that is purged of all truth. The American Dream is shown to the world as a belief that anyone can do anything; when in reality, life is filled with impossible boundaries. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gives us a glimpse into the life of the upper class during the roaring twenties through the eyes of a moralistic young man named Nick Carraway. It is through the narrator's dealings with the upper class that the reader is shown how modern values have transformed the American Dream's pure ideals into a scheme for materialistic power, and how the world of the upper class lacks any sense of morals or conseq...   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby]

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Jay Gatsby’s Dangerous Illusions in The Great Gatsby

- Jay’s Dangerous Illusions in The Great Gatsby         America is a land of opportunity and hopes and dreams can become reality. The "American Dream" consists of the notion that the struggling poor can achieve financial success through hard work. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, puts this premise to the test while also warning against the dangers of believing too passionately in any dream. The central character, Jay Gatsby, "proves a tragic hero who succeeds financially but fails emotionally when he attempts to hold onto something from the past"(Mizener 126).   Gatsby not only possesses imaginative dreams, but also idealistic illusions....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Gatsby is conditionally in love with her meaning he is only willing to be with her if Daisy accomplishes this task he asks her to do. Gatsby is a selfish and greedy man, asking too much of someone, asking them to lie for the sole purpose of him and his selfish dream. Gatsby’s need to recreate the past slowly diminishes his future. He asks too much of Daisy and now Daisy runs back to Tom and Gatsby ends in the ground. Gatsby ultimately loses Daisy and his dream he has for the past five years of his life....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- F. Scott Fitzgerald presents a scathing critique of upper class privilege in The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby’s library in particular, illustrates his fundamental misunderstanding of the self-perpetuating class society in 1920s America. It is a novel about surveillance: the ruling class constantly monitors the system; Gatsby is identified as the usurping “Other” who threatens their status, and must be put back in his rightful place. Gatsby equates appearance with reality, presenting himself as upper class is just as real as being upper class....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Jay Gatsby's Obsession in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Jay's Obsession in The Great Gatsby       There is a fine line between love and lust. If love is only a will to possess, it is not love. To love someone is to hold them dear to one's heart. In The Great Gatsby, the characters, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are said to be in love, but in reality, this seems to be a misconception. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrays the themes of love, lust and obsession, through the character of Jay Gatsby, who confuses lust and obsession with love.   The character of Jay Gatsby was a wealthy business man, who the author developed as arrogant and tasteless....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Ending of "The Great Gatsby"

- The Great Gatsby tells a story of eight people during the summer of 1922 from the observation of Nick Carraway. It's a story about trying to achieve the unattainable, deceit, and tragedy. It takes place around the character Jay Gatz who becomes Jay Gatsby in an attempt to change his persona and attract his long lost love, Daisy. In Nick's telling of the story, Nick and everyone who knew Gatsby, thought he was great. Gatsby threw lavish parties at his beautiful mansion every weekend. He had money, even though no one really seemed to know how he made his money....   [tags: Great Gatsby, Endings, ]

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Use Of Symbolism In The Catcher In The Rye and The Great Gatsby

- Use Of Symbolism In “The Catcher In The Rye” and “The Great Gatsby” There are many writers like James Joyce, Patrick Kananach and Thomas Moore who use symbolism to convey and support indirect meaning in their writings. J.D. Salinger and F. Scott Fitzgerald both use symbolism in similar ways. In both “The Catcher In The Rye” and “The Great Gatsby”, the authors used symbolism to convey emotions and reality.      In “The Catcher In The Rye”, J.D. Salinger uses Holden’s red hunting cap, the exhibits at the Museum of Natural History and “kings in the back row” as symbols whose meanings help tell the story....   [tags: Catcher In the Rye Great Gatsby]

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Analysis Of ' The Great Gatsby '

- The very ironic piece of literature The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzergald is a novel written in the early 1920s. In this novel, the author comments on various types of themes like hope, betrayal, social class, greediness, death, American Dream, power and justice. One of the very important theme that the author comments on is betrayal. The Great Gatsby is a very brilliant piece of literature that talks about how the characters betray their loved ones. Daisy Faye, born in Louisville, Kentucky was a princess whom every man dreamt of....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Modest Beliefs, Genuine Heart, and Generous Will of Jay Gatsby in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a masterpiece and prehaps even one of the greatest novels of all time. Throughtout Fitzgerald’s story there seems to broad spectrum of moral and social views demonstrated by various characters. The story begins in a majestic dissilution city where a newborn light with new money become popular in a short time to redeem his once lost love. Jay Gatsby develops various characteristics throughout the story along with Nick Carroway. A definition of a good man is someone who seeks others happiness without considering their own self;and that great hero is Gatsby....   [tags: the great gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby And Death Of A Salesman

- The American Dream, “a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.” (Dictionary.com) In both the Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman, the American dream is a key concept throughout the book. Although the American dream is not the same for everyone, it still has the same result every time. It is truly just a dream. It is unrealistic and clouds your judgment, yet some still try to achieve it. Gatsby and Willy had different views on what their dream was....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Fitzgerald

- ... Paul, Minnesota. He came from an upper middle class family. Fitzgerald started writing and showing his interesting in literature at an early age. He was encouraged to pursue writing when his high school newspaper published his detective stories. In 1917 he decided to leave the university to join army. In 1918, he met and fell in love with a Southern girl named Zelda Sayre in Alabama. Unfortunately, his salary wasn’t bounteous to convince Zelda to marry him. She got tired of waiting for him and broke their engagement in 1919....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Novels: Parallels Between His Worlds of Fiction and Reality

- F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Novels: Parallels Between His Worlds of Fiction and Reality F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about what he knew, giving readers a perfect reflection of America in the 1920’s, considering this, his fictional work is almost autobiographical in a sense. Although his topics were limited, they were written well because of his extensive knowledge of the time period, extensive knowledge of himself, and being able to express that through his writing. In his 1933 essay “One Hundred False Starts”  F....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Great Gatsby, Review]

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The Great Gatsby: American Dream or American Nightmare?

- “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby The American Dream, a long standing ideal embodies the hope that one can achieve financial success, political power, and everlasting love through dedication and hard work. During the Roaring 20s, people in America put up facades to mask who they truly were. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald conveys that the American Dream is simply an illusion, that is idealist and unreal....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Social Class Distinction in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- Have you ever thought of how social and economic classes work into a capitalist system. Marxists believe that different social and economic classes should be equal. In the book the “Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald these classes are very much defined and show the flaws and reality of how social and economic classes are viewed through Marxists. Viewing the classes through vulgar Marxists the characters attempting to climb social and economical ladders in the book are not accepted and rejected from upper class individuals....   [tags: the great gatsby]

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Great Gatsby’s Commentary on the American Dream

- There are times when reality falls short of expectations, and when individuals fail to live up to their ideals. This struggle can come in the form of one specific event, or an overall life philosophy. The quest to attain what we really want can be an all encompassing one, requiring all of our devotion and effort. It is especially painful to see others possess what we cannot have. For the characters in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby these problems are all too real. Gatsby works for a lifetime to gain back what he feels is rightfully his, while all the while facing the crushing realization that he may be too late....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Misery and the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- "No— Gatsby turned out all right in 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 elations of men." When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote these words in The Great Gatsby in 1925, he perfectly described the human struggle of the time. This was, by no means, accidental--for Fitzgerald wrote meticulously and very rarely did he leave a line unrevised. No— Fitzgerald knew what he was doing; he was, in two sentences, criticizing American society like no one else had....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby

- Since Columbus made land, people have been searching for the “American Dream”. Many people have their own idea and ideas that have changed over a period of time, but what exactly is the “American Dream” defined as .Origins of the dream have been rooted in the pioneering mentality of the eighteenth and nineteenth century immigrants, most who came to America because of a promise for a new and better life. The American Dream was sought through hard work and determination. After the time of the World Wars, society changed and so did the view of the “American Dream”, it changed from a potential reality into being a dream....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Since the beginning of time, man has written himself into history. Whether it was on cave walls, or in scripts, men have wanted to leave behind a legacy. One of the most well known men is author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald had always wanted to write the greatest American novel- and so he created the Great Gatsby. Although it is not the greatest American novel, it is studied by high schools and has several movie adaptions. However, he had to take a great journey to create this story about Jay Gatsby and his endless hope....   [tags: literary analysis, the great gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Christopher Tan Dr. Hines The Great Gatsby Essay English 11 Due: October 23nd 2012 Determination makes us great whether through what we accomplish or how we accomplish our goals. We strive to improve ourselves in order to give ourselves identity and our lives meaning. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is the epitome of the American dream because Gatsby’s belief that he cannot fail, although unrealistic, allows him to refine himself and achieve the impossible. Gatsby is driven by his desire to improve which is why he aims for difficult goals in order to create an identity for himself....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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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 Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about Jay Gatsby’s pursuit of the American Dream and his inevitable downfall as he tries to reach this imaginary goal. The typical idea behind the American dream is too be happy in any means necessary and the characters try to achieve this happiness with large amounts of money and this leads to dissapointment and unhappiness in the characters. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby believes that one can acquire happiness through the accumulation of wealth....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Aristotle’s first characteristic of a tragic hero requires one to be of high standing, power, or recognition. While Gatsby may be recognized because of his over-the-top parties, the text does not give the audience evidence to support the claim of Gatsby being a “high standing” man. Though Fitzgerald does make it clear that he came from new money, according to Aristotle, Gatsby would have already failed in the quest of fulfilling his wrongly attributed characteristic of being a tragic hero. Gatsby, who is trying to re-create the past in order to win Daisy’s love back, sends a personalized invitation over to Nick, who coincidently lives next door....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... However, in reality, Gatsby is projecting his discontent with the way he got his money. As a child he dreamed of becoming rich, but now that he has completed it in a crooked manner, Jay isn’t pleased with himself. Gatsby can not achieve the American Dream if he isn’t proud of who he is. Some may argue that Gatsby, in fact, did live the American Dream. In their eyes, his large wealth and success is enough to attribute the American Dream to him. However, as stated earlier, this money was gained illegitimately, and Gatsby wasn’t proud of the way he got it....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... The phrase “The American Dream”, refers to a common belief among Americans, which signifies freedom, equality and the right to set out and accomplish one’s goals through effort and dedication. Due to the subjective nature of the term; the interpretation of the American dream varies from individual to individual, although freedom and equality continue to serve as the concept’s cornerstone. The novel as well as the motion picture descriptively portrays Jay Gatsby as a man of mysterious inception, however whether the story is conveyed through the novel or the film, the whole-hearted essence of Jay Gatsby is undeniable....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... "Jimmy was bound to get ahead," Mr. Gatz declares proudly (Fitzgerald, 173). Gatsby’s father proudly displays Gatsby 's Hopalong Cassidy a book where in the inside, his son kept a schedule and wrote his general resolves when he was younger. Gatsby’s detailed list of things to do at an early age, is an example of Gatsby’s character of romantic ambition and hope, which includes Gatsby’s goal to get ahead . In reality, Gatsby cares about what he can achieve through wealth, which is someone like Daisy....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- American clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger one said “The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it 's possible to achieve the American dream.” This idea of the “American dream” has been around since the founding and had become a prominent part of American culture and identity. This same idea is what the raved about novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is based around. Jay Gatsby, the protagonist pursues this American dream through his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan and his need to be insanely rich....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Gatz is able to take steps towards a new life because his "ability to reinvent himself comes from his belief in the American dream ," which makes that dream seem realistic in his mind (Verdeame). The formation of a new identity is the start of corruption within his dream, and where he starts to fail to gain what he originally wanted. As the newly created Gatsby starts to make his dream a reality, he takes actions which eventually prove to be mistakes in his quest for the American dream. In order to obtain the necessities of his dream, Gatsby reveals that he "was in the drug business and then I was in the oil business," demonstrating the lengths Gatsby takes just to maintain his wealth...   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Gatsby demonstrated his selfishness in many different ways--his love and desire for Daisy, his reputation, his mansion, his wealth, and overall personality make him one of the most selfish characters in the story. One of Gatsby’s main motivations is his love for Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby believed that if he became wealthy enough he would be able to have Daisy all to himself and she would love him as much as he loved her. He was betting on being able to leverage her selfishness (her love of wealth and self) as a tool to gain her affections....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Extravagant parties were so prominent in the 1920’s because, with a materialist mindset, people didn’t have to make emotional connections, only needing to attach to objects while they are near others. The only reasons to go to enormous parties is because the objects were not at your own expense, but provided by someone else and so that a person could flaunt the fact that they participated in a well known money-oriented event. This is why no one knew exactly who Gatsby since he was not consumed with the physical world, people therefore assuming that he did not have anything and was lower in class¬¬¬, coming off as forgettable and not important....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Fortunately, he has always memorized the advice on tolerance that his father had given him. It is a moral guide to help him to keep himself awake in this “Wasteland”. Moreover, the penetration of Daisy and Tom’s carelessness, grossness, corruption, and cowardice gradually damage Nick. Even though he does not make any quick judgement of his cousin, “the polo player”, and the golf player at the beginning, his “many curious natures” help the audience understand the reality of everyone in the novel....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship for the moment that we’re not alone” (Orson Welles). All his life, Gatsby has been trying to cover up his true childhood with an elaborate, opulent past. With the new, illegally hard earned money, he threw lavish parties to maintain his notability and to try to get the attention of his love, Daisy. Sadly, everyone cared more about Gatsby’s entertainment than his actual personality and no one cared enough to mourn his death....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... As Gatsby himself chases Daisy so does the people of the united states chase their wildest dream. Going back to the fundamentals for the definition of the American Dream, we define it as the ideal that success can be reached through hard work, passion, and initiative. Yet that success is not defined by financial or social parameters, but by the ultimate satisfaction for the soul’s yearning undying quest for fulfillment. Whatever that fulfillment may be, it is only defined by the means of its allocation, for all stars burn, but each one is special in its own mesmerising light....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... She learns that Gatsby is greedy. He wants a person who is already married and has children; he wants money and to be well-liked by public When Gatsby’s true identity is revealed, it causes people to view him as untrustworthy and fake. Throughout the story, James struggles with internal conflicts to help him realize his full potential. During his camping trip when he was younger, a bear attacked James’ family. Unlike his mother, James’ dad was frightened. James reflects “I understood- I had been frightened too… I saw that his jokes were how he held himself together” (Wolff 504)....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Gatsby waited for Daisy to question what was going on and go over to find out. Jordan, Daisy’s friend, explained “he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night” (Fitzgerald 79). Unfortunately, she never made her way over. Jay was just hoping Daisy would come to a party of his and fall in love with him and how much money he has. Gatsby bought his house just to impress her and “he wants her to see his house” (Fitzgerald 79) so she can see what a great life he has made for himself....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he 's got about improving his mind?” (182). The written resolution demonstrates how ambitious and innocent Gatsby was in pursuing his dreams and how much he wanted to improve himself that his father applauded him, which once characterized the process of pursuing the American Dream. While pursuing Daisy (Gatsby’s American Dream), Gatsby becomes corrupt and destroys himself. He did not achieve his fortune through honest hard work, but through dishonesty and illegal activities....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Desire vs. Illusion in The Great Gatsby In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, two characters different in gender and social class share an inability to differentiate between desirable illusions and reality, causing the downfall of each. This novel follows the life of Jay Gatsby, a man who rearranges his life to obtain his only desire, to reunite with Daisy Buchanan, his former love interest who he was unable to marry due to his lack of wealth and enrollment into the army. Gatsby’s efforts to obtain this desire lead him to wealth, and eventually he reconnects with Daisy....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By Charles Scott Fitzgerald

- Some years ago, an author by the name of Francis Scott Fitzgerald wrote a captivating book, in the 1920’s. This book was called, The Great Gatsby. The book has been an enticing read for many decades. Around the time the book was written, American society was on its way into the gutter. The central theme in The Great Gatsby seems to be one of the most discussed and analyzed subjects in literature. Why is the theme so criticized. Is it because there are multiple themes in the story. Maybe, it is because no one actually knows and critics are taking a really great story and over thinking it....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Gatsby’s “life had been confused and disordered” that he would try to go back to that one place that one time with Daisy loving him and the world that they could live in (Fitzgerald 110). Secondly, these two characters share these illusions of their love interests, yet when they are out of character they would disregard it or become perplexed. In Chapter 7, Gatsby discovered that Daisy has a young daughter and was perplexed of the idea of his Daisy having a child that “he had never really believed in its existence before” (Fitzgerald 117)....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Of the many intentions of the novel, Fitzgerald portrayed how Victorian Moral Values began to dissolve throughout America’s society. People traded these values in turn for upward mobility and wealth. There were not many figures at the time that helped present and influence morality to the grand scheme of people (The Great Gatsby). Because of this, the decay of morality seemed to spread like wildfire and affected a numerous amount of people. In The Great Gatsby, all of the characters in the novel were affected in terms of morals in one way or another....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the 1920s are displayed as a time alcohol, parties, and glamour. The Volstead Act banned the commercial distribution of alcohol making it more appealing than ever before. The ban led to the development of speakeasies, illegal nightclubs where people would gather to drink, dance, and have the time of their lives. The 20s were also a decade of economic prosperity. People bought everything they could afford and even more was bought on credit with little regard for possible future consequences....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The American Dream, in the 1920’s, turned into a greedy system of obtaining wealth. Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, and Jordan Baker demonstrate that the American Dream has become corrupt through their symbolism in The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald. The American Dream is about the pursuit of happiness, and that everyone is equal in opportunity to obtain happiness. Yes, if you want to make money and become wealthy, you can do that, given that you work hard enough. But this is where things start to get corrupt....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Instead, she holds it all in and face all of her incapabilities by herself. This song and her state of consciousness was able to break down all of her built up walls. She, like many other women in this novel is unable to stand up for themselves due to their inferiorities compared to men. Also in another one of Gatsby’s parties, women were unwilling to leaving such the extravagant place. Their husband had used force in order to take their wives home, ignoring all of their protests. The wives protest with all their might, but is still unable to stand up for what they want....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... “I just meant-”.. (Fitzgerald Chapter 2). Tom makes him back down on his deal. Wilson is not forceful enough to succeed his dream. He 's chasing an empty dream that he can never achieve. Myrtle Wilson cheats on her husband after becoming bored by him. Delusioned by his wife’s love, George chases after desolate love but in vain. "Crazy about him!" cried Myrtle incredulously. "Who said I was crazy about him. I never was any more crazy about him than I was about that man there"(Fitzgerald 34).George chases after myrtle who doesn 't love him back....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Autumn nights create love in the air and infuse hope into dreams. Through the dark moonlight sky it is hard for one to tell if it is truly love being formed, or a spark of carelessness that will eventually burn everyone to ruins in the end. In his novel The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald reveals the carelessness in the upper class and illustrates their main focuses in life; Fitzgerald employs this through distinct characterization, metaphors, and a Marxist lens. The world that Jay Gatsby lives in revolved around the rich socialite, Daisy Buchanan....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Religion has no significance to the characters’ moral lives. It’s just an explanation to be used for any behavior - whenever it suits them. It’s ironic really, since instead of having a divorce, Tom has an affair--all in the name of religion. Although the characters do not think of God throughout most of the novel, there is a God like figure, symbolized by the great, blue, seemingly all-knowing eyes of Dr. T.J. Ekelburg which sit on the billboard in the “Valley of Ashes,” (26).When first mentioned, the eyes are described as “His eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground,” (26)....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Due to his association with business, his economical lifestyle, and his impersonal behavior, Nick Carraway represents industries. Nick and his family associate deeply with the business world. As he tells his family’s history, Nick remarks that “my grandfather’s brother … started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on today.” (7) Furthermore, Nick joins the business world as well, saying that, “Everybody I knew was in the bond business so I supposed it could support one more single man.” (7) Businessmen surround Nick, not only his family and him but also ‘everybody [he knows]’ takes part in it....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Houses were an obvious representation of how much money an individual had. The rich were always competing to have the most appealing, most extravagant house. People who owned those fancy houses were thought to have the perfect life put together. In the 1920s, The American Dream was the one goal everyone aimed to achieve. It gave people something to work for, in search of stability and comfort in their lives. Houses were not the only representation of success. Keeping the family together and giving the appearance of happiness was important for status....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Fitzgerald uses clever imagery and symbolism to represent a deeper, continuous meaning that pervades the book. By doing this, he is able to outline the major themes in the novel, including the elusive American dream, honesty, and love. An example of foreshowing at the end of chapter one as to the violence to happen later in the novel, is when Nick says he is “alone again in the unquiet darkness” (21). By using the word “darkness” at the end of the first chapter, Fitzgerald suggests that eventually, the story is going to take a dark turn for the worse....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Since Gatsby was so used to getting his way with women, Daisy’s rejection of him caused a hard hit on his ego. Through this, Gatsby not only found more motivation to win her back and redeem himself but he also saw it as the perfect opportunity to conquer his dreams of becoming a part of the Old Money society. Even as a boy Gatsby was egotistical. His view on himself “sprang from his Platonic conception of himself” and he believed “he was a son of God” (98). The significance of this is that Gatsby never accepted the truth about himself....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Graham Hoyes DP1 English Literature HL Mrs. Dufour December 17, 2014 IOP Hello. My name is Graham Hoyes, a student of the DP1 Higher Level Literature class at St. John’s-Kilmarnock school. This is my individual oral presentation on how F. Scott Fitzgerald approaches the theme of moral shallowness and materialism in his novel, The Great Gatsby. I will be discussing how Fitzgerald represents the hysteria of the 1920s using the various settings in The Great Gatsby where the characters hide their moral shallowness in a state of materialistic self-gratification....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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