The Nature of Man The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a detail filled trip back in time to the 1920’s. Fitzgerald tells the story of the inhabitants of West Egg, East Egg, New York City, and everyone in between. He is able to turn something as simple as a party into an entire plot to earn someone's affection and, what might seems like a harmless old billboard, into a symbol that is talked about on numerous occasions. As the novel progresses, more and more characters are introduced. Among these are George Wilson and Tom Buchanan, these two both seem completely different, but, have much more in common than what meets the eye. The nature of man is displayed countless times throughout The Great Gatsby by acts of violence, reactions to cheating, …show more content…
It starts very early on in the book. On page 37, Fitzgerald wrote, “Making a short, deft movement Buchanan broke her nose with his hand.” This quote is referring to Tom breaking Myrtle's nose. Some people just assume that people are violent. There was a lot of speculation about Gatsby early on in the chapter, “Somebody told me that they thought he killed a man once” (Fitzgerald 30). Later on in the novel the violence escalates, “The death car, as the newspapers called it, never stopped...” (Fitzgerald 137). This quote is referring to Myrtle getting hit by a car. This incident causes a reaction from her husband, George Wilson. From his reaction we get to see a glimpse into the nature of man. “It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete” (Fitzgerald 112). This quote is referring to Nick and the gardener carrying Gatsby’s dead body inside. George Wilson had shot Gatsby and then shot himself. This murder and suicide are the peak of violence portrayed in The Great Gatsby. Wilson was devastated because of Myrtle, his beloved wife. Because of this built up anger and sadness, Wilson shoots Gatsby and then himself. This is a portrayal of the nature of man. According to Fitzgerald, violence is a natural
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Living A Lie The Roaring Twenties as an era full of pizzazz, glamour and ambition. In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author illustrates his thoughts and opinions on many societal issues through the use of setting, characters and context. The valuable qualities of the 1920’s hides the true identity of the generation. In particular, the contrast of Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson emphasizes the moral corruption in society.
He placed all of his emotions outward onto Gatsby, because without Myrtle to be there as a receptacle, there was no where else for them to go. With his anger gone to Gatsby and his love gone with Myrtle, Wilson had nothing left to live for and killed himself as well
Wilson’s POV: As I approached Gatsby’s estate, I felt God’s eyes following my every movement, beckoning me to avenge my beloved wife who was ripped away from me. I was going to take her somewhere safe, where she would no longer be pursued by other men, but I failed her, I failed Myrtle. The monster Gatsby may have thought that he could escape from his sins, stealing my wife and then throwing her away like garbage, but God saw everything, and he could not run forever. His inconsiderate actions have angered our Father, who did not approve of such a manipulative man with revolting hauteur. Gatsby lived like a king in his castle, protected by his wealth, and oblivious to the consequences of his actions.
The Great Gatsby Appearance vs Reality The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about how a man by the name of Jay Gatsby tries to win the heart of Daisy Buchanan, the woman he loves. The entirety of The Great Gatsby is told through the narrator, Nick Carraway. At first, Nick views the lifestyle of Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan and Daisy Buchanan in awe, but soon discovers that these people are not who they appear. Fitzgerald uses his characters and literary devices in The Great Gatsby to demonstrate the theme of appearance versus reality.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby main character, Jay Gatsby develops in many ways. Jay Gatsby’s mysteriousness, loving nature towards others, and boldness towards other changes at a wide span throughout the book. All of these lead to his death by gunshot. All of these areas that Gatsby changes in make Tom more suspicious of him. He then tells his former lover’s husband that Gatsby killed his wife because Tom is upset with Gatsby.
Jay Gatsby, the title character of the novel “The Great Gatsby” is a man that can not seem to live without the love of his life. Trying to win Daisy over consumes Gatsby’s life as he tries to become the person he thinks she would approve of. What most readers do not realize is that Jay Gatsby’s character mirrors many personality traits and concerns that the author of novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, had. In fact, Gatsby and Fitzgerald are similar in that they both had a girl they wanted to win over, took a strong stance on alcohol, and ironically both had similar funerals, also, both people also symbolize the American dream.
Polo player Tom Buchanan had an ongoing relationship with George Wilson 's wife Myrtle that ended very dramatically with the death of Myrtle in a car accident as well as causing the murder of Jay Gatsby. It was not till this time where George started to realize that his wife was having an affair and this made him very upset as Nick says “He had discovered that Myrtle had some sort of life apart from him in another world and the shock had made him physically sick. ”(Fitzgerald 130). Tom took Gatsby 's car to get gas at George 's garage on his way to the city to meet with Gatsby. While getting gas Myrtle saw that it was Tom in the car and was upset because she was locked in a room and wasn 't allowed to see anyone.
Characters throughout The Great Gatsby present themselves with mysterious and questionable morals. Affairs, dishonest morals, criminal professions, weak boundaries and hypocritical views are all examples of immorality portrayed in The Great Gatsby. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, lies and mischief fill the lives of many and significantly damage numerous relationships. First, Jay Gatsby's whole life is consumed into a massive lie. His personality traits set him apart from others and the attention he accumulates motivates him to falsely portray his life.
In the novel, Myrtle Wilson is the perfect example of a woman that would substitute morals for desires. Her actions were the result of her yearnings for money and power, which is in direct relationship with the Marxist critical perspective. She not only degrades herself to being a mistress, but she betrays a good man for a materialistic life. She uses her sexual appeal to achieve the lifestyle she wants. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick describes his meeting with Myrtle and gives the reader a clear visual of how Myrtle uses her looks to get what she wants and how she treats her husband as a result.
Also when Myrtle is hit by the car that he thinks is Tom’s, he shows up to Tom’s house with a gun. When Tom points George in the direction of Gatsby, George kills Gatsby and then himself. “It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete” (Fitzgerald
However, the other time in the book when he uses violence is much more cruel than Tom’s actions. To avenge his wife, he tries to figure out who owns the yellow car that killed Myrtle. After doing that, he immediately shoots Gatsby, the owner of the car, with his gun upon finding him. After killing Gatsby, he then takes his own life; that is why “the gardener saw Wilson’s body...and the holocaust was complete” (Fitzgerald 173). At the time, Gatsby is swimming in his pool.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, there are many important characters, some alike and some different. Two characters who are both different and alike at the same time are Tom Buchanan and George Wilson. Fitzgerald gives the reader a lot of information about how Tom and George are very different from each other. One can interpret many different things that Fitzgerald may be trying to convey about the nature of men. Based on how he portrays Tom and George’s actions it helps to show the true nature of men.
In The Great Gatsby, we learn more and more about the characters, Gatsby and Nick, as the story unravels deeper. Although these characters seem to have many differences, they have more in common than recognized. Throughout the novel, we see some corresponding traits between Gatsby and Nick. Despite these two having somewhat indistinguishable attitudes towards women and desires, they differ in their class, and their outlook and temperament. Gatsby and Nick in a way have the same desire and approach towards women.