F. Scott Fitzgerald, the icon of beautiful lyricism, uses many intriguing patterns within his novel, The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald, in his writing of the 1920s, introduces the reader to the world after the Great War; a world of overindulged wealth, unrealistic dreams, and undeniable poverty. Where there is wealth it is not used in an honorable way; where dreams may form, they are impossible to accomplish due to their exorbitant standards; and where dust accumulates, there poverty gathers as well. Throughout his novel, Fitzgerald uses the pattern of dust and ashes to display his essential themes of immorality, poverty, and death. The relationship between Tom and Daisy Buchanan is not one of love and understanding, but one destined for discontentment
Purchase of Perfection The American dream - conceived by the American man to solidify materialistic achievements as the basis of success and the path to Heavenly earth - incessantly remains as the societal expectation for each individual. Often derived from aspirations to rise from “rags to riches,” this impractical ideology proves contrary to reality. Prominent during the 1920s, this economic and social facade of prosperity enhanced the importance of materialistic gain and disregarded naturally accumulated bliss. The “Roaring Twenties” became a superfluous era of recklessness, as the short-lived inflation led to excessive spending and a disregard for one’s moral compass. Despite the decade’s reputation as an era of extravagance and luxury, a hidden inner despair flourished amongst the majority of individuals striving for the elusive perfection their culture promoted; and this same anguish
The uniqueness of this war stemmed in that it was a stalemate and the last of the North American colonial wars; strangely enough, it has been considered a success by Americans today. Overconfidence and assumption were stemmed from the success of the American Revolutionary War causing politicians to underestimate the ‘enemy’. These ideological flaws lead to the breakdown of a few of what are now known as the nine core principle of warfare. A lesson sorely learned was a lasting appreciation for military strength in preserving the freedom of the country and liberty of its citizens. 6 As the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1816)
Illusion of Gatsby v. Allusion to Gatsby 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
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses weather to comment on the relationships of characters and cities. The Valley of Ashes is a valley of hopelessness everyone who lives there is poor and the sky is alway grey and filled with ashes. For example when the valley of Ashes is described in the beginning of the book (Fitzgerald 23) “This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.” This examples gives the city a gloomy mood. The greyness of weather in the valley of ashes represents sin and a sort of impureness because Myrtle cheats on her husband with Tom, and Tom cheats on his wife Daisy. Furthermore the this supports the claim of “The Valley of Ashes” “of the ash heap and its "ash-grey men, who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air" over which the eyes brood changelessly; of George Wilson's despairing mutter as he gazes at the eyes, "You may fool me, but you can't fool God!"
The Great Gatsby is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that highlights the American Experiment, which depicts the power that the individual’s choice over their lives. Gatsby does a good job at showing us a story archetype that reminds one of the ancient Greek tragedies, such as Antigone, or the more recent Romeo and Juliet. Star-crossed mortals, doomed to die. But oh, do they leave such a good story for those with a bit more time left on our clocks. Romance, mystery, death, murder, wealth, power, and more.
Through the early to mid 1900s, the concept of striving to attain more than one is originally born with became predominant in most American societies. During this era, many authors, through literature, began expressing their concern with the rise in materialistic ideals and its effect on society and the individuals living within it, one being F. Scott Fitzgerald. Two of Fitzgerald’s widely-known works of literature, The Great Gatsby and “Winter Dreams”, both heavily elaborate on the effects of the increase in materialism and the ultimate effects of attempting to achieve the American Dream; this is conveyed through the unhappiness of the Dexter and Gatsby despite their perseverance to acquire women of higher social statuses. These texts both reach the conclusion that the American Dream is not within reach of anyone. Fitzgerald’s representation of the unattainable American Dream is demonstrated in The Great Gatsby and “Winter Dreams” through his portrayal of the materialistic nature of society as well as the characters’ failure to possess the women they love.
While Hitler had charisma, Churchill did not. According to Andrew Robert the truth is that Hitler exerted far more power over people’s imaginations and psyches than ever Churchill did. Hitler made use of two most powerful human emotions envy and resentment. After Germany lost the First World War and the ill treatment in the subsequent Versailles peace treaty, it was a downhill task to induce self-pity in the German people. And, Hitler quite well succeeded in this.
The year of 1920s seemed as the second industrial revolution and the new mass culture create a national community. F.Scott Fitzgerald fortuitously captured the explosion of image (American culture) and sound-making machinery that came to dominate the American life. Then, he assembled this reshaped culture through by the morality classical novel the Great Gatsby. The young man named Jay Gatsby born in the lowest status of society, unlikely accepted this cruel fate, he worked ceaselessly to be a part of the world power that one day can reach to the woman he loved who born in higher social class. Fitzgerald exploited the story comes with figurative language and characterization so he demonstrated to the audience the ultimate goal may affect when falling in love with someone from a different social class can be an obstacle to achieving the American Dream.
“The Great Gatsby” is indeed a great classic and a remarkable book. Not only did it capture the essence of being in the roaring twenties completely, but amazingly it is also able to maintain its relevance and resonance with its audience from different time and places. The story is based on the roaring twenties. It introduces us to the “lost generation” of Americans, which has “loose moral codes” and is highly materialistic. The story follows the rise and fall of Gatsby’s American dream; which ends with tragically.
Romantics love to mention the sweltering Philadelphia summer, the locked doors, and obscured window shutters, how these geniuses of politics, philosophy and economics were building a new nation, the likes of which no one had ever seen. The language used to describe the Framers is often grandiose and amorous. Conceding credit, these men had their work cut out for them, the country was newly free from the British Empire, and they were already under pressure from the catastrophic fallout of the Articles of Confederation. The circumstances and context for the drafting of the Constitution is fraught with conspiracy and historical contradictions, but I believe more than anything, fear motivated the Framers more than their desire to line their