After the suffering of World War I in the 1920s, many of the upper class Americans focused on filling their lives with endless joy and concentrating their energies on their own pleasure and comfort to forget about wartime memories. The 1920s era was were money had become the foundation of society due to the American dream, where everyone left behind their horrible past and centralized on becoming wealthy and being the most superlative. As a result, in The Great Gatsby through many rhetorical devices, Fitzgerald uses Nick Carraway as his persona in order to portray that money became too powerful and people became extremely selfish and greedy in the 1920s.
Admired Author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, in his renown novel, The Great Gatsby, emphasizes the emotional state of Nick after the passing of his close friend. Fitzgerald’s main purpose is to reveal the gloomy, final thoughts that still linger in Nick’s mind about the demise of Gatsby and his elaborate lifestyle. His strong use of imagery creates a heartrending attitude in Nick which grasps on to the mind of the readers.
The Chapter presents the 1920’s American Dream. It does it since the first page of the chapter, because Gatsby’s quest is about the American Dream, he wants Daisy because her name, class and status, but on the other hand wants money, which is exactly what represents this “Dream’’. The fact that he throws big parties, that he wants money and he is constantly calling for Daisy’s attention represents his quest of reaching the American Dream. What we realise in this chapter is that the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy its all fake, just for the show, because when he finally has her, we see that there is no love, just pure necessity.
This reveals that Gatsby’s ideal form of an object is the perfect form of an object. Gatsby’s “Platonic Conception of himself” is his ideal or fantasy portrait of his life, not his actual childhood. This shows us that Gatsby has modeled and portrayed himself with this perfect version of who he wants to be. When Gatsby changed his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby that is his attempt to change himself and create a new life. This allusion reveals that Gatsby’s goal since day one was to be wealthy which he thinks will make him satisfied and live the American dream, however, he very quickly recognizes that “money doesn't bring you happiness”.
In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald describes the 1920’s. One way he describes the 1920’s is the reaction of World War 2 was depressing. During the 1920’s the government had gave women’s rights because the flappers were independent women’s. In the 1920’s there was a prohibition when alcohol was banned, people could not drink no more and it was time when corruption and crime began. Also in the 1920’s people had insist with marriage and religion. In the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald the setting tool place in the Valley of Ashes, where it is hard to breathe and people who lived in that area did not go outside that much. The Valley of Ashes is a place where it is all dusty and there is a lot of gray clouds in the sky. In the
Just like many other authors, Cormac McCarthy uses a lot of intertextuality, or allusions in his work. These allusions are connected with many literary classics like Moby Dick and Paradise Lost etc. Many of these allusions are also connected with the Christian tradition in a direct or an indirect way. Some of the most obvious examples of these allusions can be found in both The Road, which attracted a lot of criticism, among other reasons, because of the amount of biblical allusions; and Blood Meridian which is by now a highly esteemed literary classic, but nevertheless very controversial due to its violent content. But what is the reason why McCarthy decided to implement so many allusions into his work? Doesn’t that degrade the originality of his text? Some of the premises of these novels, like the fact that both novels have protagonists that are, either in a metaphorical, or a non-metaphorical way, a father and a son figures; and the environment which is very similar to the environment of some parables, show close resemblance with the Bible. The goal of this paper will be to look more into these breadcrumbs that McCarthy left us, especially when it comes to the biblical motives in order to get a better understanding of these allusions which could ultimately bring to a better understanding of these two novels. Even though some elements in McCarthy’s work are obviously inspired, could it be the combination of influences that are used in different context that makes his work
In Hard Times, Charles Dickens’ intentions for providing Judeo-Christian religious references were to support the opposition of utilitarianism that would have been instantly recognized by members of Protestant England. A literary allusion is a “brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance” (Allusion). Dickens used allusion to describe and emphasize facts about many of the characters, as well as their actions or circumstances, to present facts, and to “impose his fictional world upon the reader” (Larson 18). Through the use of allusion, the reader is able to view “Dickens’ fictional world in an eternal order of value” and to “judge characters and read plots as moral
The period of the nineteen twenties was characterized by dynamic social and economic trends. F. Scott Fitzgerald is a celebrated writer for not only his ability to write popular stories, but also his embodiment of the spirit of what was called the roaring twenties. Fitzgerald led a fiscally irresponsible life which was typical, even romanticized for that time. Additionally, he was known to write notable novels which enraptured the reader with adept uses of rhetorical tools and vivid descriptions instead of direct statements. This is common in two of his short stories, The Camel’s Back and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fitzgerald uses the rhetorical tools of pathos and diction in order to enthrall readers in his beloved stories.
How does one live a life as a Christian that honors and glorifies God? The answer is by reflecting Christ’s image by acting as He would in every situation. Because of what Jesus has done for sinners on the cross, they desire to live by His example in order to give Him glory. However, living a Christ-like life can only happen through the work of the Holy Spirit, who comes in to sinner’s hearts when they first put their trust in Jesus and the cross, growing them and making them more like Jesus. Many characters in books, stories, and movies have Christ-like qualities and characteristics, an example of this being Harper Lee’s masterpiece. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus exhibits many Christ-like characteristics such as
In the text, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses a wide range of literary techniques to convey a lack of spirituality, and immorality. Techniques such as characterisation, symbolism, and metaphors help to cement the ideas Fitzgerald explores. However, there are some features to this world that redeem it. Which are displayed through expert execution of techniques like characterisation, contrast, and repetition. The world of The Great Gatsby is home to many morally corrupt and spiritually empty characters however, the world itself is not a spiritual and moral wasteland.
The American Dream suggests that every American citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work. One of the major ways that Fitzgerald portrays this is by alluding to outside events or works of literature specifically from that time period. Another major relationship that develops in The Great Gatsby is between Tom and Daisy. F. Scott Fitzgerald alludes to things such as the World’s Fair and “The Love Nest” to display the eventual dismantling of Tom and Daisy’s relationship. Both of these separate plots consolidate under the idea of Gatsby trying to become the epitome of the American Dream, as seen through his strive for a “perfect life.” Throughout The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses allusions to portray Gatsby as a representative of the “American Dream” and to foreshadow the eventual collapse of the relationship between Daisy and Tom, which, in turn, presents Gatsby’s desire
F. Scott Fitzgerald was a famous author who wrote the book, The Great Gatsby. His purpose in writing this book was to show the differences between old and new money. Old money meaning people being born into wealthy lifestyles and new money meaning people who were not born with money but gained a lot of wealth. These were separated by two areas called west egg and east egg. This book gives sort of an exclusive look into the luxury and glamour that people think is the life of a person with a high amount of wealth. In chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes imagery and similes to illustrate the different struggles of the people in west egg and east egg.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest work, The Great Gatsby, is seen as an image representative of opulence, deception, and the period of the Roaring 20’s in America. The common themes allowed the novel to relate to the average reader’s life while also casting shade on the average American’s life. The viewing of Jay Gatsby’s convoluted life, shrouded past, and love affairs through Nicks Carraway’s narration caused The Great Gatsby to become an instant classic in the twenties, and to this day is still viewed in this way, resulting in Fitzgerald’s work to be read by almost every high school student in the United States. Due to The Great Gatsby’s vast array of readers, other sources have been able to utilize