Throughout the novels Night by Elie Wiesel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee and Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, there are clear themes of rebellion, revolution or both. A rebellion is defined as an effort by many people to change the government or leader of a country by use of protest or violence. It may also be defined as open opposition towards a person or group in authority or the refusal to obey rules or accept the normal standards of behavior. A revolution is defined as a forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system. It may also be defined as a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure; it is usually sudden and accompanied by violence.
The Great Gatsby is hailed as a great piece of 1920 's fiction due to its detailing of a new, fast paced America, and the way that America affected the population. These affects manifested as traits in people, and further developed into stereotypes. In the post World War 1 America this novel is set in, industry and technology were becoming readily available to the public, cementing these stereotypes into our population as we quickly moved along at a new pace. In The Great Gatsby, these people, actions, and relationships, are represented by the four main characters: Nick, Daisy, Tom, and Jay. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses these characters to symbolize the stereotypical people of a modern America.
The 1920s were hard times for some United State citizens. With the ending of World War I a housing boom in Britain and the United States leads to an increase in homeownership. The League of Nations is founded but the United States votes against joining. The Russian Civil war ends but the country struggles as a famine begins in 1920 and worsens the following year. The 18th Amendment ( Volstead Act / National Prohibition Act ) goes into force at the beginning of the decade which in turn leads to increased black market alcohol that is sold in speakeasies and run by mobsters who pay off local politicians.
During the twenties the economy of the United States was changing greatly. Due to the establishment of the prohibition of alcohol the billionaires were those who would smuggle the goods to society. The Great Gatsby is a novel which portrays the different societies of the United States during the twenties differently. F. Scott Fitzgerald focuses on revealing the types of lives lived by each social group. Throughout the book we are exposed to the marginalization of women and the lower class during the time, since the important individuals in society were the wealthy people who impacted the economy of the country.
The American dream is an opportunity to start a new life for oneself and others. American Dream is important for our American culture today because for one to dream and succeed is a proud moment. In our society today an American dream is a literary trope due to its a repeated allegory with recurring images or figure of speech. For example a feature that makes the American dream a literary trope is by symbolism, such as in the video “ American Oxygen” of flags, liberty, soldiers,etc, idealing the greatness of America and different types of the American dream. Following in the article by John Steinbeck stating “ No one can define it or point to anyone person who lives it, but it is very real nevertheless,perhaps more real than that equally remote dream…”, illustrating The American dream is free for all as long as we work for it but some might consider The American dream as a disillusion.
Fortunate Son: The Healing of a Vietnam Vet is an autobiography written by the author, Lewis B. Puller Jr. The author, Lewis B. Puller Jr. was a Vietnam veteran who wrote the autobiography about his experiences before, during, and after the Vietnam war. Fortunate Son had three main characters, firstly Chesty Puller, who was the father of Lewis B. Puller. Chesty Puller was the most decorated Marine in The United States, he served in 5 wars and his most noteworthy accomplishment, saving the First Marine Division in the retreat from the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.
At first glance, Gatsby appears to be the one to blame for the deaths of himself and the Wilsons. However, analyzing what caused Gatsby to try and repeat the past with Daisy, it becomes apparent that alcohol and the American Dream are truly to blame. The corrupted ideals and strong influence of alcohol on the American society proves to have dire consequences.
Peoples’ morality and culture is defined as differing from continent to continent, country to country, or even as small as state to state. At times, the ethics differ even between city and city, but for the two Eggs, the difference lies between mere neighbors. On one morning as Nick steps outside his house, Gatsby appears in his Rolls-Royce which Nick describes as “a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of wind-shields that mirrored a dozen suns” (64). Just observing Gatsby’s vehicle implies Fitzgerald’s view of the East Egg’s new-money residents as everyday and lacking in social graces. The Rolls-Royce itself is a stereotypical rich-man’s car, in the 1920s selling at 400 thousand dollars in today’s
The American Dream is originally about the discovery of success, but by the 1920´s, this dream took a different path; a path where people fought for the desire of wealth by any means in a battle between what was considered legal vs. moral. This mentality was product of capitalism, which introduces the mentality that money would bring happiness and success. This is why F. Scott Fitzgerald creates each setting of The Great Gatsby with a purpose, whether it was to illustrate how the roaring twenties changed the American society, or to symbolize how each setting represent the mentality of each character from the novel. The Great Gatsby tells the story of Jay Gatsby and his life into the world of the social elite as he works to gain Daisy's love. Fitzgerald focuses on how money and wealth can create a change in people, and throughout the novel, the setting represents part of this message, each location representing a different social class and a different perspective of life among the ones living in it.
It is easy to look through a window and criticize those that walk by, yet even easier to forget that the window partially reflects you as well. When writers use literature to criticize the way society functions, as F. Scott Fitzgerald does in The Great Gatsby, they also reflect those very societal values because being a part of society means a purely objective perspective is unattainable. This can often come across as being hypocritical, which there is not shortage of current events. The question is to what extent can people, specifically writers, criticize society despite being a part of it? In The Great Gatsby, Tom and Myrtle’s relationship is trapped; however, Fitzgerald explores the motives behind the affair to both critique the superficiality and defend the ideals of the social institution of marriage.
1. Thesis In the Great Gatsby novel it takes place in Long Island And New York City in the early 1920’s well the roaring twenties they call it . The book follows a character Nick Carraway documenting his life with Jay Gatsby. In the movie Nick Carraway was documenting his life with Gatsby just like the book.
Challenges and risk taking allow individuals to pursue aspirations they would never have dreamed of. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby had a relationship with Daisy and after he returned from the war, he used his wealth impulsively to try and win Daisy back. From the article, “Despite MS, Kayla Montgomery Keeps Running”, the text shows that Kayla Montgomery was a girl who was diagnosed with a condition called multiple sclerosis at a young age. Despite the dangers of the condition, she still dedicated herself to running. Moreover, in the film “The Princess Bride,” Westley went to great lengths to be reunited with his beloved Buttercup.
A Look Into the Jazz Age. Money can fuel purposes and dreams. Different societies from multiple times have attempted to get more and more money to their names, and this is because we, the people, have given money more power than anything known in this world. People believes that money can buy happiness, which is disconcerting. In the 1920’s, for example, the multiple social classes would disagree in many ways, but money stayed always in every people's minds, from poor to rich, everyone moved for money.
The Great Gatsby The Roaring Twenties was an era of embracing new trends that were foreign to everyone, especially in the aftermath of a major war. A reflection of these new and unique trends of the 1920’s can be found in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel, The Great Gatsby. The novel revolves around a mysterious character named Jay Gatsby, who built himself up from practically nothing. Jimmy Gatz was born into a family of unsuccessful farmers in the Midwest. While growing up, he discovers bigger dreams and aspirations that force him to leave his family.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby represents the everlasting disconnect that happens with every generation. With every new generation, the one prior seems to lose faith or the ability to sympathize with and understand their younger predecessors. The Great Gatsby is a perfect model of this divide. In the novella, we are introduced to characters who embody the traits imposed onto younger people to the extreme making most characters little more than caricatures. The narrator Nick Caraway, acts as a mouthpiece for Fitzgerald, often making comments about the disparity of the world and the supposed crumbling of society: "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or