Desire In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In a well-written novel, the theme is determined and developed through a plot and character development drive. The characters’ interactions and connections teach the theme of fictional literature. The purpose of a theme is to create context and reason for a novel. In F. In Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, the narrator writes about his version of the summer when he meets his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. The novel was narrated two years after it happened. Nick moves to New York from Minnesota in the 1900s. He lives in the West Egg, the less fashionable part of his area, and he meets his mysterious neighbor, who he creates a close friendship with.

The theme of The Great Gatsby is desire. Desire is wanting something that, without it, is unbearable and can only be fulfilled with the initial cause of it. The author expresses the theme throughout the whole novel through various characters. The characters in the novel have a desire for a life that is unachievable. They desire to live the American dream, which is shown through the want for love, money, and lust. A prominent example of this is Gatsby, …show more content…

An example of conflict developing the theme is the argument Gatsby and Tom, Daisy’s husband, had fighting over Daisy’s love, and with this, Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy never loved him. Daisy later reveals that she loved Tom (Fitzgerald 98). The statement hurts Gatsby because he believes Daisy has loved no one but him. The resolution of the novel develops the theme when Daisy and Tom run away together and never come back or communicate with Gatsby, disregarding everything that Gatsby has done for her (Fitzgerald 135). The actions and conflicts reveal that Daisy’s desire for money and a wealthy lifestyle won over Gatsby’s desire to relive the past of being with Daisy. That is how the theme of desire develops throughout the novel through conflict and

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