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Dust in The Great Gatsby

- In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald incorporates many different themes, but the most prevalent message is that of the impossibility of the American Dream. Fitzgerald writes of two types of people: those who appear to have the ideal life and those who are still trying to achieve their dreams. Tom and Daisy are two characters who seem to have it all: a nice house, a loving spouse, a beautiful child, and plenty of money (Fitzgerald 6; ch. 1). However, neither of them is happy, and both end up having affairs....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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gatjay F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - Jay Gatsby as the Magician

- Jay Gatsby as the Magician in The Great Gatsby Magicians are known for the tricks that they play on the eyes. What often seems like magic, turns out to be just a careful flick of the wrist. In the book The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzerald, the magician is compared to the character of Jay Gatsby. The magician motif is used among other tools to prove that appearance is not always reality. The higher class throws sophisticated and glamorous parties that include many interesting people. They have fun and show off their fortunes with the grand affairs....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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A Critical Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- A Critical Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a universal and timeless literary masterpiece. Fitzgerald writes the novel during his time, about his time, and showing the bitter deterioration of his time. A combination of the 1920s high society lifestyle and the desperate attempts to reach its illusionary goals through wealth and power creates the essence behind The Great Gatsby. Nick Carraway, the narrator, moves to a quaint neighborhood outside of New York City called West Egg; his distant cousin and his former colleague, Daisy and Tom, live in a physically identical district across the bay called East Egg....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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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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gatjay Failure of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Failure of Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby A society naturally breaks up into various social groups over time. Members of lower statuses constantly suppose that their problems will be resolved if they gain enough wealth to reach the upper class. Many interpret the American Dream as being this passage to high social status and, once reaching that point, not having to concern about money at all. Though, the American Dream involves more than the social and economic standings of an individual....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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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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Plot Flaws in The Great Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was a novel that epitomizes the time in our history known as the roaring twenties. It was a time of great extravagances and frolicsome attitudes. The novel also revealed the darker side of this time with its underlying themes of greed and betrayal on the part of many of the characters. The novel as a whole seems to be a very well thought out piece of literature with little or no flaws. However, if studied a bit harder several defects can be spotted. These include such things as shifts in setting, sequence manipulation, and shifting of narrators....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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gatwomen gatmyrtle Great Gatsby Essays: Similarities of Gatsby and Myrtle

- Same Goal, Different Route in The Great Gatsby A more thorough investigation of The Great Gatsby is necessary to uncover a well-disguised theme by Fitzgerald in this work. Upon a simple read through one would probably not notice the great similarities of Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson, but the two characters seemed to have the same agenda for their lives. While Gatsby took the route of acquiring money at all costs to join the upper class of society and to be acceptable in the eyes of a woman, Myrtle chose to make her way up in society at the cost of her marriage by attaching herself to money....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Death of a Dream in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- Gatsby and the Death of a Dream       In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald creates the roaring twenties by showing the division of society.  The Buchanans live on one side, East Egg, and Jay Gatsby lives on the other side, West Egg.  The Buchanans belong to the socialites, yet their lives have no meaning.  Gatsby tries to chase the American Dream, yet his idea is tarnished.  He throws parties to try and fit in with the socialites.   Gatsby's pursuit of the American Dream is doomed because he tries to buy his way into a society that will never accept him....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald]

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Conflicting Perspective in The Great Gatsby

- The 1920s prove to be an era that brought around some of the greatest influences and some of the greatest controversies. In the 1920s, there began to be a schism in the beliefs of prohibition, personal freedoms, and class separation. Traditionalist believed that people were running ramped drink and being promiscuous. Modernists were out to seek personal freedoms, such drinking, sexual experimental, women coming out of their stereotypical roles of being reserved and prude. Classes divided because some people had inherited wealth and other had work hard to earn their money....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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gatjay Romantic Jay Gatsby of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Romantic Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby Doesn't it always seem as though rich and famous people are larger-than-life and virtually impossible to touch, almost as if they were a fantasy. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays Jay Gatsby as a Romantic, larger-than-life, figure by setting him apart from the common person. Fitzgerald sets Gatsby in a fantasy world that, based on illusion, is of his own making. Gatsby's possessions start to this illusion....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Daisy Miller by Henry James, most of the characters are under illusions during the majority of the plot. The plots are carried out with the characters living under these illusions, which are mainly overcome by the ends of the stories. The disillusionment of most of the characters completely diminishes the foundation in which the plots were built upon, leading to the downfall of some of the main characters and the altering of the other characters....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatillus Unattainable Illusions in The Great Gatsby

- Unattainable Illusions in The Great Gatsby       The work of Fitzgerald is the product of the "Jazz" era, a time when all gods had been declared dead, all wars fought, and all faiths in men had been shaken.  Fitzgerald's style is a combination of American idealism and nihilistic pessimism.  In The Great Gatsby, whose originally proposed title was 'Among the Ash-Heaps and Millionaires,' we also find a narrator and style that make moral judgements through the narrator Nick, a constant overseeing moral vision that is symbolized by the ever-watchful "eyes" of Doctor T.J....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- The 1920s was a time of excess and growth. Economically, it was a time for great financial gain. Largely because of improvements in technology, productivity increased while overall production costs decreased, and the economy grew. Not only was this time filled with prosperity, but corruption as well. People who had previously worked day and night finally acquired leisure time. Some of the most wealthy people made the choice to fill this free time with gluttony and lust. Many authors during this time believed that the excessive spending and consumption would surely lead to ruin....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby]

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Morals and American Idealism in The Great Gatsby

- Morals and American Idealism in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a story of morals and American idealism, this being a major theme of the book, which is corrupted by using materials as its means. Nick, the narrator as well as one of the main characters of The Great Gatsby, has moved to the East coast from the West to learn the bond business. He rents a mid-sized bungalow on West Egg, where most of the other residents have adopted their wealth, which just happens to be next to the palace-like house of Gatsby, the main character of the story....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- 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: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby Essays]

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Symbols, Symbolism, and Metaphor in The Great Gatsby

- Metaphors and Symbolisms in The Great Gatsby In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses many different metaphors and symbolisms to express his point. In this essay the point that I wish to make is how Fitzgerald uses colors to develop image, feelings, and scenery depiction to let the reader feel the emotions and other aspects being portrayed in that particular part in the book. Like every other essay one must address the major points that will be addressed. This essay suggests the hopefulness of Nick's venture in the East and of Gatsby's dream to win Daisy....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Gatsby and the American Dream

- The American Dream is what we all aspire to achieve. The idea of starting off with nothing and to become something has caused millions of people from all corners of the world to immigrate to this country for over 300 years. However, what exactly is the American Dream. F Scott Fitzgerald answers this question within his novel The Great Gatsby. Through the eyes of Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald analyses the high class of the 1920s and reveals that the American Dream has been distorted from a pure ideal of security into a convoluted scheme of materialistic power....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Use of Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

- Symbolism plays an important role in any novel of literary merit. In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses symbols to portray events, feelings, personalities and time periods. Throughout the narrative, Fitzgerald uses strong contrasting symbols such as West Egg and East Egg. His superior use of other predominant symbols such as color and light are also evident throughout the novel. The story begins as the narrator, Nick Carraway, describes his arrival to West Egg. One can immediately spot "new-money Gatsby and no-money Nick on one side of the bay and old-money Buchanans on the other" (Tanner x)....   [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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Essay on Dr. Eckleburg of The Great Gatsby

- Dr. Eckleburg  of The Great Gatsby      Throughout the course of events in The Great Gatsby, the watchful eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg stare into the depths of each character, while the Doctor serves as a god of conscience from his middle ground between two worlds. As the creations of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the characters whose stories unwind before us live twisted webs of lives in which there is a distorted view of a greater force outside their worlds. Dr. Eckleburg merely watches over the "grey land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it" at the spot where "when the drawbridge is up to let barges through, the passengers on waiting trains can stare at the dismal scene for...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatcolor Color Code in The Great Gatsby

- The Color Code in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is full of symbolism. Colours, for example, are used to represent many different things; some even represent a theme of the novel. White, yellow, grey, green are just some of the colours which Fitzgerald uses in a special way, because each of these colours has a special meaning, different from the ones we regularly know or use. White is a colour which appears many times throughout the novel. At first, it is used to describe Daisy....   [tags: Great Gatsby 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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Language: The True Tale of the Great Gatsby

- Language: The True Tale of the Great Gatsby The Jazz age was a time of glamour, sparkle, parties, music, the extreme rich, the extreme poor, and the exultation of lawlessness; F. Scoot Fitzgerald was no exception. Fitzgerald was enamored by the life of money, status, and beautiful people on a hopeless spiral into self destruction. The moral decadence of America became a prevailing theme in the works of Fitzgerald, taking birth fully within The Great Gatsby. This novel is brought to life by narrator Nick Carraway who is a moral Midwestern man, infatuated, much as Fitzgerald was, by the parties and pizzazz of the east....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Novels Essays]

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Color Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

- Color Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Color symbolism is popular in novels written during the 1920’s. One such example is Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. There is much color symbolism in this novel, but there are two main colors that stand out more than the others. The colors green and white influence the story greatly. Green shows many thoughts, ideas, attitudes, and choices that Gatsby has throughout the story. White represents the stereotypical façade that every character is hiding behind....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald]

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The American Dream in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- The American Dream in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The 1920's were a time of parties, drinking and having nothing but fun. Many aspired to be rich and prosperous and longed to be a part of the upper class. Although this was the dream for many Americans of this time, it seemed almost impossible to become a part of this social class unless born into it. Even those who worked hard to become successful and support themselves and their families were not accepted into this elite group of men and women, despite the fact that they too most likely had everything....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald]

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Living Life Like The Great Gatsby

- Living Life Like The Great Gatsby Imagine that you live in the nineteen twenties, and that you are a very wealthy man that lives by himself in a manchine, on a lake and who throws parties every weekend. This is just the beginning of how to explain the way Jay Gatsby lived his life. This novel, by F. Scott, Fitzgerald is one that is very deep in thought. Fitzgerald releases little clues along the way of the novel that will be crusual to understand the ending. For instance, he makes the blue coupe a very important clue, as well as the Dr....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby “So The Great Gatsby house at West Egg glittered with all the lights of the twenties, there were was always Gatsby’s supplicating hand, reaching out to make glamour with what he had lost be cruel chance...of how little Gatsby wanted at bottom-not to understand society, but to ape it”(21-22). The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald features constant parties, glamorous houses, and extravagance to reveal the values of the characters and the society they live in....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby]

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The Importance of George Wilson in The Great Gatsby

- The Importance of George Wilson in The Great Gatsby     F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a superbly written and an intrinsically captivating novel that deals with the decline of the American Dream and how vapid the upper class is. To illustrate and capture the essence of these themes, Fitzgerald uses characters Gatsby, who epitomizes the actual American Dream, and Daisy, who is based on the ideal girl. Yet, as these characters grasp the topics Fitzgerald wants to convey, there is something inherently like missing from the story as a whole....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Distortion of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- Picture this, a person graduates from high school with honors, goes to college and graduates at the top of his/her class. After college, he/she is offered a job in the field he/she wants with an annual salary of about $400,000 a year. He/she marries the person of his/her dreams, has two children and moves into a large, elegant house. Forty years later that person retires with a pension and lives the rest of his/her life in luxury. This is the American Dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald had this dream and worked his entire life to fulfill it, with no avail....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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Free Great Gatsby Essays: Deception

- There are many American novels that yield insights into human nature, but few are as honest or intriguing as Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is brilliantly composed, and involves many different personalities, but it is at the core of this novel that we find the dark secret of humanity: deception. All of the inhabitants of East and West Egg use one another to get what they want, with little care as to how it will affect the people around them. Through the eyes of Nick Carraway, we see how the wealthy live: they live in a luxurious society surrounded by their own lies and deception....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Throughout time and space the world has seen many writers that have altered life as we know it. The world continues to change as an ever shifting ball of culture and intellect. Man's history has given us writers like Shakespeare, who is still misunderstood to this day, and Homer, a man that has many Americans thinking of a cartoon character with the a lack of intelligence. Francis Scott Fitzgerald is far from one of these gentlemen, or ladies, that have changed the way we think....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald]

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What Makes Gatsby Tick?

- It is every writer’s aspiration to write a literary work as deep and profound as F. Scott Fitzgerald has in his masterpiece The Great Gatsby. The novel alludes to an innumerable variety of themes; encompassing all of the symbolism, metaphorical traits, and masterful writing that an English teacher’s favorite should have. In a novel of this caliber it is expected that there are many deep and well-developed characters. This book has them in spades. From all of the wide variety of characters portrayed in this novel, Jay Gatsby is clearly the most vital and interesting; the course of events in The Great Gatsby are clearly centered around him....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Stereotypes and Stereotyping of Characters of The Great Gatsby

- The Stereotypical Characters of The Great Gatsby       F. Scott Fitzgerald is well known for being an excellent writer, for expertly describing the Jazz Age, and for having a drinking problem.  However, he is not so well known for creating deep and intriguing characters.  In The Great Gatsby, the majority of the characters remain one-dimensional and unchanging throughout the novel.  They are simply known from the viewpoint of Nick Carraway, the participating narrator.  Some insight is given into characters in the form of their dialogue with Nick, however, they never really become deep characters that are 'known' and can be identified with.  While all of the participants in the novel aren'...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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People of The Great Gatsby and People of Today

- People of The Great Gatsby and People of Today The young adults in F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby are similar to the adults of today. They show resemblance by portraying racism, irresponsibility, and corruption. Like the young adults of today many display integrity and are innocent. The people of the two generations exploit violence and have gangs and gang leaders. The generation of the 20's and the generation of the 00's exhibit irresponsibility and corruption through many characters such as Myrtle, Meyer Wolfshiem and Tom....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Valley of Ashes as Metaphor in The Great Gatsby

- The Valley of Ashes as Metaphor in The Great Gatsby       Throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, location is a critical motif. The contrasts between East and West, East Egg and West Egg, and the two Eggs and New York serve important thematic roles and provide the backdrops for the main conflict. Yet, there needs to be a middle ground between each of these sites, a buffer zone, as it were; there is the great distance that separates East from West; there is the bay that separates East Egg from West Egg; and, there is the Valley of Ashes that separates Long Island from New York....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Free Essays - Notes on The Great Gatsby

- Notes on The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 Characters Introduced: * Nick Carraway - A wealthy mid-westerner in his mid-twenties who fought in world war one, currently working in New York city and living next door to Mr.Gastby. * Daisy - Nick's second cousin is very cynical and bored with the rich life, married to Tom Buchanan. * Tom Buchanan - Nick's friend from Yale, very wealthy and successful, and very pretentious. * Jordan Baker - A golfer who spends time with the Buchanan's, also very snooty....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Free Great Gatsby Essays: Genre

- The Genre of The Great Gatsby If you want to find out, into which literary corner F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, the "Great Gatsby", belongs, you’ve got to take a look at two main genres of novel-writing, the so-called "novel of manners" on the one hand and the romance on the other. The novel of manners gives, using most of the time a rather satirical tone, a sharp portrayal of the actual life as it really is and also of the social behaviour and attitudes that are closely related with it....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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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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The Great Gatsby as an Exploration of the American Dream

- The Great Gatsby as an Exploration of the American Dream         The American Dream lies deeply rooted in the American cultural imagination. The idea behind the Dream is that if an individual is sufficiently determined, he or she has a fair chance of achieving wealth, and the freedom and happiness that go with it. Essentially, it offers the opportunity of achieving spiritual and material fulfillment. "Although these ideals can be traced back to the original settlers, perhaps one of the earliest written manifestations of the Dream can be found in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence"(Spindler 41)....   [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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Depiction Of The American Dream in The Great Gatsby

- As children, we have all dreamt of money, being rich; owning an extravagant mansion, magnificent cars, and being married to a prince or princess. Basically, we dream of the perfect life, with the perfect spouse. Generally, this dream is known as the American Dream, which is the belief that if one works hard, that person will succeed by becoming rich. The topic of the American Dream can be found throughout The Great Gatsby, the most prime example of this is the dream of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby’s dream is to work hard to get rich in order to win the love of Daisy Buchanan, his long lost love....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald

- The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Thesis: The pursuit of the American Dream is a dominant theme throughout The Great Gatsby, which is carried out in various ways by F. Scott Fitzgerald, how the author represents this theme through his characters and their actions is one small aspect of it.       Fitzgerald's dominant theme in The Great Gatsby focuses on the corruption of the American Dream. By analyzing high society during the 1920s through the eyes of narrator Nick Carraway, the author reveals that the American Dream has transformed from a pure ideal of security into a convoluted scheme of materialistic power....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald American Dream 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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Corruption of the American Dream in the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Broken Dreams and Fallen Themes In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald employs the use of characters, themes, and symbolism to convey the idea of the American Dream and its corruption through the aspects of wealth, family, and status. In regards to wealth and success, Fitzgerald makes clear the growing corruption of the American Dream by using Gatsby himself as a symbol for the corrupted dream throughout the text. In addition, when portraying the family the characters in Great Gatsby are used to expose the corruption growing in the family system present in the novel....   [tags: The Great Gatsby ]

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Criticism of Capitalism in The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald

- Criticism of Capitalism in The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald       In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald creates an artificial world where money is the object of everyone's desire.  The characters, the setting, and the plot are very deeply submerged in a Capitalism that ends up destroying many of them.  Fitzgerald's criticism of Capitalism can be seen as a move to subtly promote Socialism, an ideology in which value is placed on the inherent value of an object rather than its market value.  In a late collection of notes, Fitzgerald himself proclaims that he is "essentially Marxist." [i]   Marxism is a specific branch of Socialist theory.  Fitzgerald makes Gatsby a novel that is not inheren...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald Essays]

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How can Gatsby be called Great

- The title of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ can be seen as incredibly ironic: not only can the ‘greatness’ of the eponymous character be vehemently contested, he is not even named ‘Gatsby’. In fact, he is a criminal, James Gatz, who, although he appears to be an epitome of the idealistic American Dream, having grown from an impoverished childhood into a life of excess and splendour, he has obtained everything through crime and corruption. Indeed, it has been said that ‘The Great Gatsby’ is “a parable of disenchantment with the ‘American Dream’” , and it is, for the American Dream is the idea that “through hard work, courage and determination, one could achieve prosperity.” Jam...   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald Great Gatsby]

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The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the corruption of the American Dream, and the downfall of those who attempt to attain its illusionary goals. As the novel shows, the 20th century is a moral wasteland and a corruption of the original idealistic American Dream of the past. Fitzgerald's moral wasteland is shown physically in the "valley of ashes" scene of the novel. This 'dismal' and 'desolate' wasteland exists side-by-side with the white and unreal dream of Daisy and her world....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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

- In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main theme is most directly related to the American Dream. The American Dream is based on the idea that any person, no matter who they are, can become successful in life by working hard. The Great Gatsby is about what happened to the American Dream during the 1920's, an era when the dream had been corrupted by the relentless pursuit of wealth. The pursuit of the American Dream is the ultimate cause of the downfall of the main character, Jay Gatsby....   [tags: Papers Essays Gatsby Fitzgerald]

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

- American Dream Lost - Gatsby as a Social Commentary on American Life The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has been celebrated as one of the greatest, if not the greatest American novel.  Yet this is ironic for the society which has so hailed the book is precisely that which is criticized throughout it.  Politically, the American dream was a foundation of ideals and hopes for any and every American individual.  Specifically, one of the ideals was an American dream free of class distinction; that every person has the opportunity to be whomever they hope to be.  In a sort of Cinderella-like fashion, it is in essence an ideal of social mobility and freedom.  The social reality, however, i...   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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- The Importance of the Automobile in The Great Gatsby   F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was written about a time of gaiety for a certain set of people. One of the major thematic aspects of the book is driving and the automobile. At the time the book was written the car had begun its establishment as a national institution. This is apparent in one of the central events in the book. Tom's unfaithfulness first comes to light from a car accident in Santa Barbara. He misguides the car and the misdirection of his life is made glaringly evident....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Scott Fitzgerald]

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Great Gatsby Book Review

- Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1995. A seemingly easy read, The Great Gatsby has won over critics around the world, and rightfully so, has become one of today's greatest classics due to its complex literary content. The narrator of the novel, Nick Carraway, grew up in the Midwestern United States and went to school at Yale University. Returning home after traveling a great deal, he is discontent and decides to move to the East in 1922, renting a house in Long Island's West Egg section....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald Book Review Great Gatsby]

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Greed in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Gatsby and Greed In this day and age, money is a very important asset to have. One needs to have at least enough to live on, though great amounts are preferable. In The Great Gatsby, by Thomas F. Fitzgerald, having a large amount of money is not enough. It is also the way you acquire the money that matters. Gatsby and Tom both have a lot of money yet Daisey picks one over the other, not because of the difference in the amount they have, but because of the manner in which it is attained. To the main characters in the book, money is everything....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Daisy Buchanan's Role in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- In one of the greatest works of the Twentieth Century, The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, there are many dynamic and round characters which greatly add to the story's theme. One character, Daisy Fay Buchannon, is made essential by way of her relation to the theme. An integral part of the plot, Daisy conveys the meaning of the novel, with her multi-dimensional personality and her relation to the conflicts. Daisy Buchannon is a round and dynamic character with many different sides to her personality....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby In my presentation, I will be discussing how the 20s played a major role and affected the story, characters, and ultimately, the outcome of the novel, The Great Gatsby. The first topic I will be discussing are the women of the Great Gatsby. The 20s were a time of change in the views of women. They became more open and outgoing in many things. These included not only womens rights, but also their sexuality. This was the age of the "flapper". A flapper was a women who was very outgoing at parties....   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby 20's Essays]

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Critical Examination of a Passage in Great Gatsby

- This passage is from the great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It tells a story, specifically the history which Gatsby and Daisy had. Daisy promised to wait for Gatsby until the war ended. But as it is Daisy’s youth and need for love and attention has made her insecure to stay alone for so long. Soon she attended parties and dances. At one of them she met the safe and strong Tom Buchanan. Despite the fact that she loved Jay, he was not there, so she married Tom. The diction used in this passage as well as in the whole novel is simple....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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gatmoral Moral and Emotional Range of The Great Gatsby

- The Moral and Emotional Range of The Great Gatsby Throughout Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, there is a broad spectrum of moral and social views demonstrated by various characters. At one end, is Tom, a man who attacks Gatsby's sense of propriety and legitimacy, while thinking nothing of running roughshod over the lives of those around him. A direct opposite of Tom's nature is Gatsby, who displays great generosity and caring, yet will stop at nothing to achieve his dream of running off with Daisy....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Role of Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

- The Crucial Role of Symbolism in The Great Gatsby The critic Harold Bloom once wrote, "Never has symbolism played such a crucial part in the very foundation of a novel as it does in Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby." The dictionary defines the word symbolism as, "The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships." The novel takes place during the summer of 1922, in Long Island and New York City....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Great Gatsby Letter

- Dear Gatsby, I appreciate your care for our friendship, I'm glad that what we have done means something to you as it has to me. I also see that you haven't joined the rest of the flapper aristocrats, it's good to know you're not at the shallow depths of their ignorant mentality. Anyways, I hope that your worries isn't the reason why think that our lives are so troubled all of the sudden. I know myself very well and I know that my life isn't twisted, and I know you well enough to say that your life is not as troubled as you may think or seems....   [tags: Great Gatsby Letter]

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Essay About Lost Love in The Great Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby:  Lost Love                    The novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a tragic love story of lost love. Gatsby, the main character, based his love for Daisy on a young girl he met before going off to war. In their time apart, Gatsby strived  to build the American dream while Daisy enjoyed the riches by those who adored her. The character Daisy is described by Fitzgerald throughout the novel as flighty and shallow. It is their difference in character and devotion that sets them apart....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Destruction and Failure of a Generation in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- The Great Gatsby and the Destruction of a Generation      The beauty and splendor of Gatsby's parties masks the decay and corruption that lay at the heart of the Roaring Twenties. The society of the Jazz Age, as observed by Fitzgerald, is morally bankrupt, and thus continually plagued by a crisis of character. Jay Gatsby, though he struggles to be a part of this world, remains unalterably an outsider. His life is a grand irony, in that it is a caricature of Twenties-style ostentation: his closet overflows with custom-made shirts; his lawn teems with "the right people," all engaged in the serious work of absolute triviality; his mannerisms (his false British accent, his old-boy friendlines...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

- Symbolism in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby tells of a man's attempt to regain his long lost love and the happiness he once had in life by way of wealth and material possessions. Jay Gatsby is representative of the American man because he believes that with great wealth comes great happiness. This is evidenced throughout the novel by way of Gatsby himself, through the portrayal of the Buchanans, and through the use of the word green which symbolizes hope, renewal, and promise....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Buying Happiness and Love in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- Buying Happiness and Love in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The American Dream is starting with nothing and through hard work and determination one can achieve millions of dollars and all the happiness one can handle. This may not be true, if that person tries to buy the past to regain the happiness he will never succeed and mostly likely end up very unhappy. A good example of this in fiction is F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald criticizes the American dream in his novel, The Great Gatsby, by showing Jay Gatsby's tragic flaw, his belief that money can buy happiness and his love for Daisy....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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The Characters of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

- The Characters of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby        In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main characters Tom and Gatsby are both similar and different in their attitudes and their status. Both Tom and Gatsby have attained great wealth and live in very lavish conditions. They differ greatly, on the other hand, in the way that they acquired this wealth, and the way in which they treat other people. Even though both characters have great amounts of wealth, they are almost complete opposites due the way in which they acquired their wealth....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald ]

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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

- Symbolism in The Great Gatsby Symbolism is what makes a story complete. And it is used through "The Great Gatsby." 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 major symbolic elements used in the novel, they are water, colors, and religion. Water to me seems to mean "wasted, and or lost time." I believe this because of several reasons. One being that he is separated from Daisy by an island sound....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby as Commentary on the Failure of Society

- Fitzgerald's Corrupt View of Society in The Great Gatsby     "What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story," was said of Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is about the American Society at its worst and the downfall of those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. The idea is that through wealth and power, one can acquire happiness. To get his happiness Jay Gatsby must reach into the past and relive an old dream. In order to achieve his dream, he must have wealth and power....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Failure and the Degeneration of America in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

-   The Great Gatsby is a bold and damning social commentary of America which critiques its degeneration from a nation of infinite hope and opportunity to a place of moral destitution. The novel is set during the Roaring Twenties, an era of outrageous excesses, wild lavish parties and sadly, an era of regret and lost potential. As the audience, they take us on a journey guided and influenced by the moral voice of Nick Carraway, a character who is "simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life." Nevertheless, when Carraway rejects the East, returning to the comparatively secure morality of his ancestral West, we realize that gaiety was merely a t...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Free Great Gatsby Essays: Reflection of an Era

- The Great Gatsby - Reflection of an Era During the 1920's America was a country of great ambition, despair and disappointment. The novel The Great Gatsby is a reflection of this decade, it illustrates the burning passion one man has toward his "American Dream" and the different aspects of the dream. Fitzgerald's work is a reflection of America during his lifetime. The Great Gatsby shows the ambition of one man's reach for his "American Dream," the disappointment of losing this dream and the despair of his loss....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Corrupted Morals and Degraded Dreams in The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby presents a vivid chronicle of the Jazz Age and is a tightly constructed work of literary genius. In the novel, Nick Carraway tells the story of Jay Gatsby, a handsome bachelor who has amassed a fortune as a racketeer in order to build a Long Island mansion and give fabulous parties that he hopes will enable him to win back the love of the married Daisy Buchanan. With the help of Nick, a reunion is arranged between Gatsby and Daisy, but in the end Daisy returns to her husband....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatcolor Great Gatsby Essay: Imagery of Colors

- The Great Gatsby:  Imagery of Colors                    F. Scott Fitzgerald used the imagery of colors in his masterpiece The Great Gatsby.  The colors are used very frequently as symbols, and the hues create atmosphere in different scenes of the book.  White is a clean and fresh color, but the author shows how it can be tainted as well.  Next, yellow illustrates the downfall of moral standards of the people of West Egg.  Lastly, green, the most dominant color in the book, symbolizes wealth and Gatsby's unattainable dream....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism - Heat as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby

- Heat as a Symbol in The Great Gatsby         Symbolism plays an important role in any novel of literary merit. In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald displays a superior use of symbols such as color, light, and heat. Fitzgerald’s superior use of heat as a symbol is the focus of this essay. “When F. Scott Fitzgerald turns on the heat in Gatsby, he amplifies a single detail into an element of function and emphasis that transforms neutral landscapes into oppressive prisms” (Dyson 116)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism - Houses and Cars in The Great Gatsby

- Symbolism of Houses and Cars in The Great Gatsby        Francis Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, is full of symbolism, which is portrayed by the houses and cars in an array of ways. One of the more important qualities of symbolism within The Great Gatsby is the way in which it is so completely incorporated into the plot and structure. Symbols, such as Gatsby's house and car, symbolize material wealth.   Gatsby's house "[is] a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy" which contains "a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy" is a symbol of Gatsby's large illegal income (Fitzgerald 9)(9)....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Essay About Love in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- Twisted Love in The Great Gatsby     In the story The Great Gatsby, many of the characters seemed to express what seemed like love.  I tend to disagree with this.  Daisy, Tom, Gatsby, and Mertle all express fake love to their significant others, but didn’t actually feel true love.     Starting with Daisy, she married Tom because all that he had was money.  She was so aristocratic that she wouldn’t marry Gatsby while they were in love after the war.  All that Daisy seemed to care about was having so comfortable of a life that I believe she forgot what love was until Gatsby showed up again.  But this isn’t all true, Daisy was so impressed by Gatsby’s wealth that her greed once again...   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]

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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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Use of Metaphor, Symbols and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

- Use of Metaphor and Symbolism in The Great Gatsby       Some novels have more of an impact in modern society than when they were originally written. This is especially true with Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Modern society can be termed corrupt, complete with tainted morals and an overemphasis on the acquisition of money and friends. Fitzgerald seeks the root of the problem and wants the reader to ponder whether he or she wants money and social status or fulfillment and truth. In his quest to enlighten the reader, Fitzgerald utilizes metaphor and symbols to clarify his message....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatdream Exploding the American Myth in The Great Gatsby

- Exploding the American Myth in The Great Gatsby       The American Constitution declares the freedom and equality among all people. On this declaration was built the collective dreams of a nation as well as millions of personal dreams. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, exposes the American Constitution for the myth that it always was by revealing the existing class distinctions. The Great Gatsby provides the petty details of the aimlessness and shallowness of the idyll rich, the extravagance of their parties, and the illegal sources of the funds that fueled such mindless activities....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson of The Great Gatsby

- Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson of The Great Gatsby   In the novel, The Great Gatsby, the two central women presented are Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. These two women, although different, have similar personalities. Throughout the novel, there are instances in which the reader feels bad for and dislikes both Daisy and Myrtle. These two women portray that wealth is better than everything else, and they both base their lives on it. Also the novel shows the hardships and difficulties they have in their marriages....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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gatcolor Great Gatsby Essays: Importance of Color

- Importance of Color in The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald             In literature, colors are often purposefully chosen for different characters to represent the character’s personalities. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the colors green, yellow/gold, and gray are used to represent the attributes of the colored person or place.             Apparently, green is the most prominently used color in the novel. The reason for this may be that green is the color used to describe the main character of the novel, Jay Gatsby....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Portrayal of the Twenties F. Scott Fitzgerald was accurate in his portrayal of the aristocratic flamboyancy and indifference of the 1920s. In his novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald explores many aspects of indifference and flamboyancy. A large influence on this society was the pursuit of the American Dream. Gangsters played a heavily influential role in the new money aristocracy of the 1920s. The indifference was mainly due to the advent of Prohibition in 1920. One major societal revolution in this period was that of the “new women,” who expressed new actions and beliefs....   [tags: Great Gatsby Fitzgerald Essays]

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Free Great Gatsby Essays: Religious Influences

- Religious Influences in The Great Gatsby During the 1920s, sometimes referred to as the Progressive Era, political and social changes surfaced in society in efforts to progressively improve the nation. However, the 1920’s can accurately be described as the decade of selfishness. Society was material oriented and, as a result, there was a decrease in religious practices. This is vividly displayed in The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald's use of mortal characters as religious influences. There are three significant occurrences in the novel which show the loss of spirituality of the time, beginning with Gatsby's watch over Daisy the night of the hit and run....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays]

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