The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald has many characters that are similar and difference in a number of ways. Fitzgerald gives a detail description of the characters in the story, but a reader’s interest level will peak when comparing the similarities and differences between Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. Tom Buchanan is a rich man. Tom’s mansion is “elaborate” with “sun-dials, brick walks and burning gardens” (Fitzgerald 9) Tom is married to Daisy Buchanan and he was a football player.
It is also described as ”the less fashionable of the two” implying that old money, which is inheritance from rich families was thought of as better. We know that Nick lives where nouveau rich people live and he is involved with upper class activities although he ives in small bungalow because he is not rich enough to afford one of the big mansions that surround him. ” My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season. The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard — it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden.” Knowing that his house is at the very tip of the egg and in between two very large mansions, his humble abode is ignored and unimportant compared to the surrounding houses.
Daisy only loves money, which is why she ended up with an abusive cheater. Daisy only takes notice of Gatsby, the one who parallels her husband, after she discovers his wealth. Then, when he dies, she doesn’t even attend his funeral. Interesting that this seemingly unloving woman parallels Fitzgerald’s
The late nineteenth century was a pivotal moment in American history. During this time, the Industrial Revolution transformed the nation, railroads had dissipated all throughout the country, and economic classes began to form, separating the wealthy from the poor. One of the wealthiest men of this generation was Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish immigrant who fled to America to make millions off the railroad, oil and even steel businesses. Carnegie is considered one of the richest men in history, and even with all that wealth he decided to give back to the community. As a matter of fact, Carnegie donated most of his funds to charities, universities and libraries in his last few years.
(Sachar 186) This part in the book represents how Stanley is more proud of himself, and is less miserable. Lastly, the book said, “He and Hector thought they had become millionaires. But the jewels were a poor quality, worth no more that twenty thousand dollars.” (Sachar 230)
At the start of “Bartleby the Scrivener”, Bartleby already is miserable and unhappy. Though the narrator originally leads the reader to believe that this is because Bartleby works day and night with “...no pause for digestion” and hardly speaks to his co workers, it is because life has already worn him out (Melville 11). Just by working as “... a subordinate clerk inilarly to Mr.Wakefield, Bartleby has given up on being normal because being normal killed him
“Bit of free time, drop in and see the old man, eh?” (1159). Katie tells her father that she is busy with work. “And that’s more important than your own father” (1159). Ev is being very hypocritical when he says this, as he was never around during Catherine’s childhood because of his job.
He makes enemies, tells lies, and believes that his social standing will change because he now has money. Gatsby’s main enemy in the novel is Tom. This happens almost right away; Tom and Gatsby meet for the first time at Gatsby’s house and automatically do not like each other, yet they pretend to as an act for Daisy. Although Tom has not realized Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy at this point, he still thinks little of Gatsby because he is newly rich/new money, while Tom is old money. To Tom, the East Egg is superior.
Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 and it portrays the life of a group of characters living in America in the summer of 1922. The author discovers various themes that depict an image of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties relevant at that time, such as material excess, idealism, social disruption and the corruption of the American Dream. The events mainly take place in West Egg of Long Island, which is believed to be the newly rich part of the area, whereas the East Egg is said to be the home of the established wealthy upper class. The plot predominantly revolves around the young and prosperous millionaire Jay Gatsby, who is a rather mysterious gentleman, and his unrealistic and dreamy passion for his stunning long lost love Daisy
Just as some of the characters experienced transformations throughout the novel. The first example of the 1920s lifestyle in The Great Gatsby is wealth. America underwent drastic changes at the start of the twenties, it became a very wealthy and prosperous place to live. Gatsby's life is a great symbol of America before and during this flourishing time period. He started his life out poor, with only a dream of being the Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island that he is now.
Wealth is the power that motivates creation and empowers downfall. For centuries it has divided people into separate categories and class systems. Fitzgerald uses the various settings to carefully illustrate how wealth positively and negatively affects individuals lives in the roaring 20’s and the traits it reveals about each character. East Egg and West Egg are both known as a residence for the socially elite and affluent of the east coast, but possess differences that relay the characteristics of the inhabitants of each. West Egg is home to Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, and Jay Gatsby, his mysterious next door neighbor who introduces him to grand facade of the 1920s.
There are two wealthy neighborhoods called East and West egg, furthermore, people in east egg have been rich for generations, yet east egg people look down on west egg people because west egg people started out poor and only recently acquired their wealth, for east egg people think west egg people do not know how to behave. Young, wealthy, handsome, mysterious Jay Gatsby owns a fabulous west egg mansion, even through Gatsby throws outrageous parties every weekend, still east egg people refuse to attend, meanwhile, Daisy's family has old money, likewise, Daisy's family lives in east egg, and Daisy's husband Tom is a cruel and controlling hypocrite. Gatsby and Daisy knew each other several years ago, although, at that time, Daisy was single and
!. The connotative language Fitzgerald uses to contrast West Egg and East Egg are two different communities. Fitzgerald uses the reputations to be references to the Eastern and Western United States. These connotations also represents different ideas of morality. The West represents more traditional family values and the East a more sophisticated lifestyle.
In the article, Jay Gatsby is portrayed as a man who represents the American society as a whole. Gatsby is the perfect portrayal of the American Dream simply because he represents all of our issues and dreams rolled into one. One aspect of Gatsby that relates to America and it's culture is looking to money as the answer to all of life's problems. Furthermore, it can be seen that relying on wealth can lead to issues, and it Gatsby's case, fatal.
In his novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald includes many themes that go beyond the surface of the text itself. The themes allude to organized crime, color symbolism, relationships, weather symbolism, and a mysterious billboard of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. Each of these themes plays an essential role in understanding the personality of Jay Gatsby, his life choices throughout the novel, and his relationships with other characters in the novel. The element of color, specifically green, white, grey, and silver stands out as an extremely important factor in shaping and explaining parts of the novel. From the very beginning of the novel, Fitzgerald incorporates color into his novel which is narrated by Nick Carraway.