Imagine a time when there was no dehumanization occurring in the world. It is difficult to think of one because all throughout history there have been multiple cases of dehumanization. A few examples of texts that contain the topic of dehumanization as one of the main themes are The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Grapes of Wrath is the story about a poor farming family, the Joads, that got kicked off their land during the time of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. They move to California because their belief in the American Dream; they have high hopes that they will find work and have a better life. The Great Gatsby is a tale of rich people and love. Jay Gatsby, or previously James Gatz,
The ban on alcohol is one of the most ironic things the government has done. Since the prohibition had passed alcohol has become cheaper which ironically is the antithesis of what the ban had hoped to achieve. With the decrease in price and the controversy around alcohol, liquor has revealed many interesting behaviours of the American public. Mr. Gatsby of West Egg and alcohol have a very particular relationship, not in the sense of abuse necessarily, but one of excess for certain. In fact Mr. Gatsby 's parties are an excellent example of alcohol’s role in America. Alcohol could either act as one of the two; a cohesive or a troublemaker. Here is how alcohol affects as a society and why the ban should have never passed in the first place.
In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby had one goal; Gatsby had spent his life trying to get rich and avoid poverty, which he successfully did. However, his goal was to capture the heart of one Daisy Buchanan. At one point, Daisy had been Gatsby's girlfriend. He wanted to marry her, but was sent off to war, World War I. Nick Carraway, the novel's narrator, had come to know Gatsby very well. Nick was Daisy's cousin and lived right next door to Gatsby. Throughout the novel, Nick helps Gatsby get closer to Daisy, but by the end of the book, it doesn't end well. The final line, "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past," was iconic and appropriate for several reasons.
Author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, in his novel, The Great Gatsby, recounts the story of two love-struck people through another character called Nick. Fitzgerald’s purpose is to show how different characters change throughout the story by using many rhetorical elements like descriptive imagery, the choice of strong diction, and metaphors/similes. The author focuses on the characterization of three main characters which are Gatsby, Daisy, and Nick because they are seemingly connected. These characterizations relate back to the themes of achieving the American Dream that is to be rich and powerful but still have love and a family to come home to every night. Even though many of the characters have changed and evolved throughout the story, some of them
The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, tells a story about social structures and how impossible it is to achieve the American Dream. The story takes place in the villages of East Egg, West Egg, and New York City in the 1920s. It depicts the rigid class system of the time and how hard it was to move up in status. Narrated by Nick Carraway, one of the main characters in the book, who witnesses the withering of the American Dream for Jay Gatsby and the shallowness of the upper class. Each character in the book has a unique personality, characterized by descriptions of where they lived. The people of West Egg were of “new money”. The population in East Egg inherited their families’ riches making them of “old money”. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, the houses owned by Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan depict each one’s personality and how they want to be perceived by others; overall these homes show the need to display one’s social class in the 1920s.
Antithesis is a rhetorical device in which two opposite ideas are put together in a sentence to achieve a contrasting effect F Scott. Fitzgerald employs this technique to contrast the character of Nick Carraway with that of the overarching themes present in the society that are also possessed by the other individual characters. This society is steeped in the social stratification and conspicuous materialism that is characteristic of the jazz age of the 1920’s. “These characters… constitute America itself as it moves into the jazz age” , and just like the society that was looking to increase in prosperity, the individual characters in the Great Gatsby were also in pursuit of acquiring and maintaining this money, status and social prestige.
In the book, Gatsby is very foolish, his actions are unreasonable and unrealistic. “He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: "I never loved you."” (125) Gatsby had expected Daisy to be the same girl she was five years ago, but the truth is that she isn't. Many things had happened to the both of them and he had set up a foolish expectation that Daisy was willing to leave Tom for him. Gatsby’s foolishness originated with Daisy. His infatuation
Fitzgerald uses setting to emphasize various aspects of his social classes in the novel. The Valley of Ashes is a dark place, and it is home to the poor, unfortunate lower class then was exploited during the 1920s. West Egg is tacky and looming, representing how many of the young millionaires (The "New Money") in the novel have found themselves suddenly rich and upper class without preparation. East Egg is just the opposite. It is classy and trendy, because all of the people there are old money; they were all rich even before the 1920s.
In the story, “The Great Gatsby”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays an idea that Nick’s personality is being changed throughout the story along with his emotional state by the rich and powerful people he is around. The progression of Nick throughout the story shows a man who wanted to live a simple life at home but then turns quickly into a person who he himself couldn't recognize.
Scott Fitzgerald uses more speaking style and unnecessary tone for "The Valley of the Ashes". "The Valley of the Ashes" is a (class of people who work hard and don't make a lot of money) which is also known as the lower class of Gatsby. The author uses the words and (putting pictures into your mind) of "The Valley of the Ashes" is displayed as "grey" which represents slow movement, falling apart, or boring. Fitzgerald uses the words the "terrible", "Wild", and "unknown" to illustrate how bad and unnecessary the whole city acts. The author uses an (not interested, because of seeing or doing too much of something) tone for "The Valley of the Ashes" George and Myrtle Wilson live where it is all "pourdery", "in the air", "ash-grey men" live in the (class of people who work hard and don't make a lot of money) community. The author's (putting pictures into your mind) illustrates on the comparison at the "East/West-Egg" to "Valley of the Ashes". He does this by displaying the East/West Eggs as a rich
Arguably one of the most complex works of American Literature, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald displays a satirical United States taking place in the early twenties in New York. The roaring twenties often portrayed a happy time immediately following World War 1 however, it gave off a false feeling of joy and many people were truly unhappy. Even though Nick Carraway shows a realistic image of himself, The Great Gatsby encompasses an illusion created in this time period and portrays this image through the atmosphere surrounding the actions of its characters; it ultimately shows a conflict against reality, identical to that to the early 20th century.
Nick Carraway is man from a wealthy family in Minnesota moving to west egg to learn about the Bond business. Then he gets involved with Mr. Gatsby which then sparks the beginning of the novel. Gatsby then gets involved with the nightmare of the American Dream. Fitzgerald portrays the 1920s perfectly as an era of decayed social and moral values, evidenced in its overarching greed, and empty pursuit of pleasure. This novel shows the lack of social skills in newly made millionaires such as Gatsby that cannot even pick up on an invitation to lunch.
The story The Great Gatsby is based in New York during the 1920s, also known as the jazz age. The narrator Nick Carraway brings the readers along for his journey of moving from a small city in Minnesota to a high-born suburb, West Egg, New York. While Nick lives there
“They were careless people…” says Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby. In a story depicting the 1920s during a time of prosperity, growth, and the emergence of the America as a major global power, this statement may seem to be contrary. But in reality, Nick Carraway’s description of his friends and the people he knew, was not only true, but is an indication of those who were striving for the American dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald suggests that the American Dream is foolish, the people who pursue it are immoral and reckless, and this pursuit is futile.