Great Gatsby Context Analysis

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An author’s context can often infiltrate their writing and subsequently form a reflection of the society they conform to. F. Scott. Fitzgerald was a writer in the 1920’s who wrote the American novel ‘The Great Gatsby’, published in 1925. Fitzgerald’s context is embedded at the heart of the novel and mirrors many aspects of society. The American Dream is one often idealised but rarely fulfilled. Similarly, love can be fantasised but the illusion can recurrently be destroyed by reality. Women in the 1920’s were objectified and perceived only for their beauty and social status. These themes are not only present in the novel but were also seen in Fitzgerald’s context. Ironically, the downfall of the American Dream occurred through the pursuit for the American Dream. In ‘The Great Gatsby’ Fitzgerald portrays a corrupt society whose citizens all strive to fulfill their role in society. With characters from multiple different financial status’ the author unveils the different ways used to obtain this dream. During this time the prohibition was in place and this led to many lower class people gaining…show more content…
The context of an author can often be infused into their writing and subsequently the text can act as a mirror of that time. Fitzgerald demonstrates this as he reflects many aspects of life in the 1920’s through his novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ and this has further strengthened the ideas he portrays. Using real life examples from the 1920’s and his characters from multiple different social classes, Fitzgerald conveys the irony of the American Dream, the desperate pursuit resulted in its downfall. Similarly, Fitzgerald uses his personal relationship with Zelda to express the idea of idealised romance. Continually using Zelda as his muse he quotes her and turns her expression into one of his character’s dialogues in order to express the unjust objectification of women. Fitzgerald’s personal context and his narrative’s plot clearly intersect and help highlight his conceptual
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