Gatsby’s parties, The Green Light and the Eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg, which it is perceived that the eyes are staring down upon American society, judging it to be a wasteland, showing hollowness and corruption. Fitzgerald connects symbolism with events, weather, location, social values, images of time and enormously pompous parties to prove his point about Americas hollow society. The Green Light at the end of Daisy’s dock, symbolises a guide that will lead Gatsby to Daisy, but Daisy empty personality compares Gatsby (a bootlegger) to Tom whom has a long tradition of wealth and is seen to be of more class. Fitzgerald’s inspiration for this novel was events that happened to him, much like Gatsby Fitzgerald did everything for Zelda whom is depicted as Daisy in the novel. Quote – “Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry ‘Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!’.” This captures Zelda and Fitzgerald corrupted marriage much like Tom and Daisy.
The color green can be used to show envy. Gatsby can be seen as a jealous character. He used to date Daisy, but now she is married to another man. He tries really hard to win back Daisy but he cannot. “I glanced seaward- and distinguished nothing except a single green light.” (Fitzgerald 21) The green light shines across the bay and signals this is the mansion where Daisy lives with her well to do husband.
Ozymandias is about a ruler that lost his power and kingdom because of his tyrannic rule.While Viva La Diva, Ozymandias, and The Scarlet Pimpernel are similar in many ways, every rule is temporary because of revenge and one’s want for revenge leads to careless actions, is prominent due to the use of metaphors in the authors’ text. Every drop of power gained is 2 drops of revenge stored. Every rule is temporary because of revenge.. The chant, “Long Live The King!” is ironic in the fact of this. The authors of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Viva La Vida reveal that a ruling is temporary by using metaphors, the literary act of comparing different words without using like or as.
All of Gatsby’s dreams and hopes collapse because of the actions of Mr. Wilson. Likewise, Mrs. Wilson’s hopes collapse, because of her husband’s vapidness, and are re-formed into the effigy of Tom Buchanan. Mr. Wilson instigates the desperation felt by his wife, which causes her to run in front of Tom Buchanan’s speeding vehicle and promptly perish. Throughout this unfortunate chain of events, Fitzgerald uses the symbol of dust and ash to signify the recurring themes of unfulfilled dreams and death. As Nick narrates the shot that killed Gatsby, he describes the bullet as, “...that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him” (161).
Gatsby could not ignore that fact Daisy not only is a married woman. Daisy also has her own child with Tom making the act of leaving Tom more impossible. Greed also parallels to the idea of corruption leading to the fall of Gatsby. When finally reaching the goal a new probability, one that he claims all of Daisy for himself is reflected in the green light that can deter the too optimist Gatsby. After living the dream, it starts coming apart with Myrtle's death and imminent danger foreshadowed by Nick.
Gatsby was someone who was considered to have actually accomplished the “American Dream.” However, even though he earned his fortune (through illicit ways) he was still unsatisfied because he wanted Daisy. In the end, he briefly had her and then proceeded to lose her and his life. Fitzgerald writes the tragic story of someone who ultimately achieved the “American Dream” to express his opinion that it was unrealistic and unfulfilling. In his search for money, Gatsby lost the one person he loved and did not see her again for almost five years. When he was finally able to locate her, he discovered that she was married to an adulterous man and had his child.
Wallowing in his despair, Gatsby laments at how the consequences of his broken dreams- his obsession and fantasy of Daisy-has essentially drained the life and joy out of his world. Fitzgerald’s use of diction and characterization help to illustrate the full devastation of Gatsby’s loss. By describing Gatsby’s hopelessness and his eventual death, Fitzgerald argues that the fundamental nature of dreams, or rather, the object of a dream, can be corruptible, deceptive, and futile. Fitzgerald starts his biography of Gatsby with the assertion that Gatsby’s romantic and joyful sentiments have been perverted by his heart-breaking rejection. By describing Gatsby’s newfound apathy, melancholy, and pessimism, Fitzgerald portrays the corruptible nature
Inspired by his own materialistic, self-destructive life, author F. Scott Fitzgerald, in his influential novel The Great Gatsby, accurately criticizes the delusion of the American psychology of success in 1920s America - as well as the present day - revealing the demoralizing atmosphere of inadequacy and failure in pursuing an unreachable objective, while illuminating the hidden pandemic of misery this caused among the American people - preventing their
"soft yearning, as if Claggart could even have loved Billy but for fate and ban" (Melville 73) The specific word choice of fate means that Claggart had already been determined to apprehend Billy and in turn sabotage him for mutiny. c."like the scorpion for which the Creator alone is responsible, act out the end allotted to it"(Melville 75) “the answer to the otherwise puzzling question of why Claggart acts in a deliberately self-destroying way: his natural depravity translates into the scorpion's suicidal sting.”(Beauchamp) The specific use of the word scorpion directly correlates to suicide in mythology but also symbolizes even further the conveyance that Claggart was fully aware of what fate was to come. That Melville purposely made him a scorpion to convey his power of knowing that he was going to commit suicide.
All is Not Fair in Love of War The novel Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut questions how war is perceived by mankind. Vonnegut in his first chapter describes the process of him deciding to use his experience of the Dresden Firebombing in World War II to be the main point of his dark satire. World War Two is one of many bloody conflicts and is certainly not going to be the last. It is ironic that there are so many regulations to the chaotic phenomenon of war because it is trying to give humanity to the destruction of human life. War is a time where we can justify the taking of another person’s everything.