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 novel, The Great Gatsby, color symbolism is used to reveal important character traits and create a variety of moods throughout chapters 1-4. Fitzgerald incorporates the color white to demonstrate the virginal purity and initial innocence of some of the characters. He also uses this symbolism of the color white to differentiate between social classes. Fitzgerald then affiliates the colors gray and yellow with the dismal corruption that engulfs the novel. To tie everything together, he develops a pattern of the color green to portray how Gatsby’s world revolves around a greedy, yet romanticized dream, only attainable through money.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is a story based in the early twentieth century. In the 1920’s, there was a big distinction between the “old wealth” of Americans, inherited money, and the “new wealth” of hard workers who had to work their way up in the rankings. “The Great Gatsby” is told by a neutral character Nick Carraway. In the novel, colors are assigned to characters to signify something similar to a certain race.
“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.
James Gatz was born in the Midwest, in North Dakota. Even when Gatsby was just a boy living in the Midwest he loathed being poor and he hoped dreamed for wealth and sophistication. Gatsby was so very determined to reinvent himself that he even made a schedule. "Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something.
In the novels, The Great Gatsby and Ragged Dick, there’s many references about clothings that tells us readers the personality,traits, and classes of these characters that we see in the novels. In the Great Gatsby, Gatsby was one of the main characters as you can see from the title “The Great Gatsby”, and Gatsby shows the readers the importance of clothing and how clothing represents the class for each character. In the other novel, Ragged Dick is another main character which is the story title of himself. Ragged Dick worked as a shoe cleaner and one day, a customer asked him about his clothings and where he got it from, when Ragged Dick told the man where he got his clothes from, the man started to wonder if he could trust him because Ragged Dick didn’t have change but the man gave him the money anyways since Ragged already cleaned his shoes but the man still wanted Ragged to give him change and so he gave him his address to drop off the change.
The 1920s is known for the jazz age also called the roaring twenties. In that time America was undergoing lots of changes economically, socially and culturally. One of the major changes that took place was in the fashion. Fitzgerald in his writing shows not only the fashion but also the clothes symbolizes other too. One of the symbols greatly used in the great Gatsby is the symbolization of clothes, how they represent different things at different times.
American society in the 1920s, as presented by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby, is extremely superficial and obsessed with wealth, status, and appearance. Ironically, though, what lies beneath the beauty is the truth, neglected by the characters in the novel. Such deceptive nature of appearance is highlighted through the effective use of an unreliable narrator, a seemingly perfect setting, and dishonest characters. Fitzgerald employs the factors to force the readers to face the fact that appearances tend to be misleading and deceitful. Fitzgerald’s deliberate use of Nick Carraway as the book’s narrator results in the confusion between the reality and what Nick believes to be true, and this emphasises how appearances can be deceptive.
Oscar Wilde once said “Few people truly live most simply exist”. In the book, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald Gatsby lie dead, he lived and was able to recognize his ambitions. Jonathan Swift once said “May you live everyday of your life”. Some people just live but do they go and achieve or realize what their ambitions are? Gatsby fulfilled three big ambitions, but there are still others that he didn’t achieve, he fulfilled the ambition of acquiring money, experiencing love, and gaining popularity.
The American dream today is nothing but an insignificant belief that has been forgotten. But in The Great Gatsby, it is definitely something worth fighting for. Fitzgerald portrays Jay Gatsby as one of the only characters who truly attempts to grasp his dream of success. In this peculiar novel, Gatsby’s intention to fulfill his dream is distinct to no other. His motivation to win back Daisy, the continuous progress of his social status, and his obsession for excessive luxury will all guarantee him attaining his American dream, but most importantly, attaining Daisy.
The Great Gatsby shows Fitzgerald’s view and portrayal of the effect of money on people’s lives. Fitzgerald implies that being wealthy can lead to many great things but that money is everything but happiness and even with Gatsby’s wealth and imaginative mind, he still can not satisfy the image of Daisy since she nor any other women could ever be the girl who he desires. (Durkin). Gatsby wishes that his wealth would bring him the happiness and satisfaction he desires but instead brings him to his deathbed.
In The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick, the main character, follows his father’s saying on how reserving judgements is a matter of hope. Fitzgerald uses Nick in the novel to portray how Gatsby lived his life based on his goal in pursuing Daisy. Though he has not forgotten the quote or the moral significance of it, he attempts to accommodate his father’s saying, but he struggles due to Gatsby’s involvement. Gatsby’s enigmatic character makes the audience wonder about his true self. Since Nick plays an important role with being a character and a narrator, he is optimistic about Gatsby and their relationship despite the impracticality of it all.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once stated in The Great Gatsby “Human Sympathy has its limits.” The 1920s was consumed with changes that were social, political, and economical. In the 1920s, the economic system had some changes that also influenced social and political changes. There was an economic growth in the nation that led to an abundance of wealth, which led to a consumer society. Many Americans during the 1920s were becoming more reckless.