“The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.” (Stephen King). The Great Gatsby told by Nick Carraway it is about Jay Gatsby, a man who has come from nothing to achieving great wealth by lying to innocent people like Nick. Gatsby's one desire is to be with the Daisy Buchanan, who is already married to Tom Buchanan. In The Great Gatsby a realistic fiction novel by F Scott Fitzgerald characters wear a mask to hide their wrongdoings when Tom has an affair, Jordan lies about a car she left out in the rain, and Gatsby lies about his real business.
Society and the laws by which it is governed are set by one thing and only one thing; humans. Normal people set and agree upon the laws, and abide by them in their daily lives, but not everyone is a normal person. The laws set by society do not apply to everyone, whether that be by legal exceptions, or just an immense amount of money and power. This is especially touched upon in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby. In the book, Fitzgerald’s depiction of the problems of Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby face, and how they handle them relative to the lower class, illustrates that money and status make those who wield it invulnerable to the laws by which the rest of society are held to.
Literary Elements Analytical Essay F. Scott Fitzgerald presents multiple themes in his novel, The Great Gatsby. One theme is how people have to show off to get a good social ranking. This theme is introduced throughout this book by his description of each character, by their actions and the way they are perceived. He uses an assortment of literary terms to describe the differences in the type of houses, amount of money, and abundance of materialistic goods. How the characters are described shows their intelligence on class.
The use of sight and blindness is seen multiple times throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Blindness causes people to miss things that are going on around them, it makes everything seem fine when really nothing is. Seeing opens people's eyes to the things around them that are going on and lets them see what wrong is being done. This story was told through the eyes of Nick, because he was seen as the most honest. Eyes appear all throughout this story, some of these eyes include: Dr. Eckleburg’s on the billboard, Owl Eyes in the Library, and Jordans gray eyes.
The Fallacies of American Idealism A significant work of modernism and surrealism, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald has received a myriad of literary criticisms and contrasting analyses. Illustrating the story of Jay Gatsby, Fitzgerald becomes a literary architect as he designs the complex characteristics withheld by this protagonist. Developing as the story moves forward, Gatsby’s demeanor and personality establish imperative roles as they portray the character’s pathological narcissism and classic romantic undertones while exemplifying delusions of American ideals. Introduced to the reader by the narrator named Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby is described as having a mysteriously inherited opulence, invoking rumor among his innumerable guests.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, there is no question that Jay Gatsby, West-Egg nouveau riche and mysterious host of frequent, extravagant parties, is wealthy; nevertheless, few of his guests understand how he became so. Preoccupied with the festivities, other newly-rich party-goers neither know much about their host nor appear interested in finding out. Nick’s sincere request to meet the man who sent him the invitation is met by amused replies that Gatsby does not exist. In large part, this statement is true; for Gatsby hardly exists beyond his guest’s fantasized perceptions of him. Because of Jay Gatsby’s ambiguous past, Rumors prevail as a common theme of conversation among Gatsby’s guests, as they speculate how he acquired such material wealth.
In the hustle and bustle of life everyday, a person has to go through life and the strife that follows. Routines develop as time passes by, and the differences between illusion and reality become able to be understood in the mind. But, when a different struggle comes up, it cannot be maneuvered around. Which creates a fake reality, and that is what stays in the mind of many characters in the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby. One of the most blatant illusion examples that is seen as reality in The Great Gatsby involves the main character actually; Mr. Gatsby himself.
Jay Gatsby is a dream of James Gatz, a boy who grew up in an impoverished family and had an ill-defined past in rural North Dakota. Since his childhood, James resented poverty and wanted to be wealthy and prosperous- something that he would achieve later in his life, but would never enjoy. The path to richness is full of disappointments and misfortunes, but even after reaching the goal, some never acquire the desired happiness. Northrop Frye, one of the most influential literary critics of the twentieth century and the author of Anatomy of Criticism, discusses many aspects of a tragic hero in his essay “Tragic Fictional Modes.” Many of Frye’s ideas can be applied to the tragic protagonist of Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, James Gatz,
Another time when eyes unmask a hidden truth is when Tom intercepts flirtation between Gatsby and Daisy. Tom hears Daisy say Gatsby looks cool, and immediately, he recognizes the affair. " His eyes still flashing between Gatsby and his wife" is the symbol that he has recognized their affair, and he also recognized the affair, partially, by just looking at them (Fitzgerald 119). So, in this instance, his eyes are what help him pervade their connection and show the reader he recognizes the affair.
America contains many authors who have tried to help society live better lives, ones of felicity as Benjamin Franklin so aptly referred to. Authors, such as Franklin, taught his reader, through his biography that the best way to achieve happiness was to better oneself, through at least having the appearance of virtue. F. Scott Fitzgerald taught people that living life with honesty and not facades were the best ways to live life. Fitzgerald is responding through Gatsby to Franklin in what he has to say about how to achieve happiness. Fitzgerald does not necessarily agree with what Franklin says in the sense that just having the appearance of virtue is enough to achieve a happy life.
The Great Gatsby: In Love or Obsessed? “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”
One day on May 2nd 1920, I Matt winiker went on a boat ride to unmarked territory with my two brothers. The last thing I remember is that on June 1st my boat crashed somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. Now I am stranded on this damp, wet, muddy, island looking for my brothers. All I have now is a machete and a flare gun.