Art is often a reflection of an artists’s own person. Even more than that are just small representations of the artists and creators. These may be a name, or quirk, or just visuals, but they inhabit all of the arts. The Great Gatsby, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s other works are very personal. Many of them have characters reflecting himself, and scenarios that are similar to ones he experienced.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, tells the story of Jay Gatz and his life into the world of the social elite as he works to gain Daisy's love. Fitzgerald focuses on the change money and wealth, or lack thereof, can create in people. Throughout the novel, the geography represents part of this metaphorical message, each location representing a different social class and caste. Whether it be the East Egg's complacent luxury, the West Egg's rash extravagance, or the Valley of Ashes' decaying monotony, each area has its own particular characteristics. The East Egg, jutting off of New York, symbolizes unbelievable wealth, which seems to sink its possessors into apathy.
Gatsby, otherwise known as Jay Gatz, was an unusual man- dressed up in a pink suit and making his way to the top (seemingly) like it was nothing. We could talk about how unusual Gatsby’s tendencies and personality was for days, as it’s quite the controversial topic. But instead, we’ll touch upon Fitzgerald 's choices in The Great Gatsby that helped make Gatsby into the character he was. One of the major choices was Fitzgerald’s emphasis on aging and decaying, which helped show that while the world aged and changed, Jay Gatz didn’t.
The most accurate representation of one’s character and morality is their actions. In the opulent neighborhoods of the East Egg and West Egg, the majority of characters act immorally and dishonestly, especially towards inferior counterparts living in the Valley of Ashes (Elmore 428). Characters in The Great Gatsby are defined by their actions behind the wheel; often, driving ability and cars indicate character's attitude towards life and their relationships. Fitzgerald often uses cars as a means of revealing “carelessness and materialism of his characters” (Lance 29). Fitzgerald consistently uses personification to link cars with the personality of its driver, further developing the connection between characters and their driving.
How has the American Dream changed from the 1920’s to now and how has the theme of the American Dream been supported by works of American Literature. We will see how the American Dream though time did not follow what the founding fathers set out for us in the declaration of independence and when they said, “The authors of the United States’ Declaration of Independence held certain truths to be self-evident: that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness". We will see how the American Dream suffers, what an American Dream is centered on, and how, for some, the American Dream is unattainable. In "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman and in "Harlem" by Langston Hughes we see the American dream depicted, as the loss and utter death of a distracted corrupt American Dream, as the love of the American dream, and as the American Dream for Blacks in a time of segregation and discrimination.
In The Great Gatsby, many aspects of Fitzgerald 's life are reflected in the construction of the history of this book, in the conflict, in the environment and personalities of the characters, but mainly he represents his self in the book as Gatsby, a sensitive young man who idolizes wealth and luxury, that also wants to be accepted by society and who falls in love with, beautiful young woman. At the same he involves himself with Nick’s personality too, which is the opposite of Gatsby. Besides, is really interesting how this decade proved to be a very progressive and revolutionary decade for women. Flappers also developed, demonstrating the development of a more rebellious, independent generation of women. One example of this independent, free
Society is constantly under the criticism of authors. Many writers seek to expose certain aspects of American society and their scorn of it. Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald are renowned for their work on this subject. In The Great Gatsby and The Age of Innocence, Fitzgerald and Wharton reveal their cynicism of the societal elite; they find the elite as a severe detriment to American society. Through symbolism and the characterization of their main characters, Wharton and Fitzgerald similarly depict the societal elite as depriving American society from a promising future by refusing to let go of the past.
Daniel Aguirre Ms. Tobias English III GT - 6th 12 January 2017 After analyzing both the movie and the novel, I have discovered similarities and differences. Ill try to compare and contrast the two since the movie does not depict the story exactly as how the novel does. Similarities There were still some similarities in the film that tied back to the book. One of the main ones is when Nick walks to Gatsby’s backyard and finds him standing at the edge of his dock reaching out to what was a green light.
Jay Gatsby, one of the main characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, is a wealthy man with dubious sources of money; Gatsby is renowned in New York due to the lavish parties he holds every friday in his mansion. These are spectacles that fully embody the wealth and glamour of the roaring twenties, and are narrated through the eyes of another character Nick Carraway, an ambitious 29 year old man that recently moved back to a corrupt new york in a cramped cottage next to Gatsby’s palace. After admiring the careless behaviour of the parties from a distance, Nick gets a personal invitation to Gatsby’s next party, he promptly becomes infatuated by the extravagant and frivolous lifestyle the parties portray, along with the superficial
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby the character and history of Jay Gatsby is surrounded by an air of mystery. All of Gatsby’s actions are focused on his goal of escaping poverty and attempting to win back the love of his life Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby is a wealthy and successful man however that was not always the case, Jay Gatsby or as he was born James Gatz was born to a poor farming family in North Dakota had always had a lust for wealth; this lust caused Gatz to devote his entire life to making a name for himself and do whatever it takes to gain a fortune of his own. This lust for fortune is shown by the young Gatz’s dreams for himself, “…these reveries provided an outlet for his imagination; they were a satisfactory hint of