Though there were many times when characters in The Great Gatsby are caring and sentimental, they are also very unconcerned and ignorant. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts the theme of “wealth can breed carelessness” using the literary devices and techniques of point of view, imagery, and flashback, to create meaning in his classic work. Fitzgerald uses these techniques to show us deeper into the luxurious, and extravagant lifestyle of Jay Gatsby and his fellow associates. Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby, has an essential role in the story line because without his point of view this novel would not be the same. Nick Carraway is second cousins with Daisy Buchanan, who may be one of the most absent-minded
He stated that “ The American dream is the dream of a kind of land in which our life becomes better and richer and equal opportunities should be given to everybody on the basis of their ability . It should be totally wrong to define such dream as a dream to obtain high wages , luxurious cars and fancy things but a dream of equal order in which a man as well as a woman are equal irrespective of their birth or status.” The novel The Great Gatsby is believed to be an important piece of work written by the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald in the year 1925.It showcases the time period and the lifestyle of Americans at the end of the First World War. The novel is set up in the city of New York and the male protagonist of this story becomes a person named Jay Gatsby who is in search of the American dream. The use of Gatsby by Fitzgerald makes him explore the notion of American dream which was a fundamental aspect in the transition of American society into a modern one. The word “dream”
Jaleel Louis Mrs. Kierez Period 2 December 14, 2017 Title: The Great Gatsby In the book, "The Great Gatsby", F. Scott Fitzgerald explains a story about money, love, and hollowness of the upper class. Corruption and carelessness is seen throughout the story, the cause of that is from money. Can money really change someone? The Great Gatsby has characters that express either wickedness or honesty, which are Gatsby, Tom, and Daisy. Money can lead to a life of selfishness and corruption.
The Great Gatsby is a story about a man revolving part of his life around trying to achieve his American dream by conforming to a woman and society 's standards. The passage, Winter Dreams, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has the same theme. A poor man loves a wealthier woman and revolves his life around trying to get her. To be able to relate to these characters and truly get a feel and understand each characters actions in these novels, readers must use intellectual empathy to put themselves in their shoes to see how they would feel and react in the same situation. Gatsby sees Daisy as not only a woman whom he loves, but also a symbol of his American dream of being seen as “old money”.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald is very meticulous on how the novel is shown as more satirical rather than romantic. The visionary of the American Dream is the most coveted life during this time period, so Fitzgerald used this lifestyle to mock and expose the vices of others. Fitzgerald uses certain aspects of this lifestyle to show characters satirical impulsiveness or materialism, which ridicules them and the ideals of the 1920s. During the time period in which this novel took place, the American Dream was perhaps the most sought after lifestyle. The American Dream during the roaring twenties is the pursuit of wealth regardless of morals.
Although the book contains parts that support the American Dream, a lot of it can portrayed to come off to support the reasons why the American Dream is not a realistic and is merely a delusion. The ambition to fulfil the American Dream is false as the Dream is filled with as much flaws as advantages. Michael Schudson stated that “The American Dream’ is ‘The Great national suggestion’ (171) that anyone, with hard work according to the rules, has a reasonable prospect of succeeding in life,’highlighting that the Dream is not limited to any social of economic class. (566) The dream is open to anyone who is working hard in life. The idea of the American Dream is positive and promising.
He would be better off if he remained with his brothers because he would be happy, the fact that they truly care about Pony and his well-being, and he would be with people who would go to great lengths to protect him. Staying with Darry is a better choice than being put in a boys’ home because with his brothers, he would be with people who truly love and care about him. Although being put in a boys home seems appealing, Ponyboy would never be happy being separated from his brothers. You can see this when Ponyboy says “ I had taken the long way around, but I was finally home. To stay”(99).
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, the theme of disillusionment is represented through the use of narrator Nick Carraway who shows the disillusions of “the American Dream”, the upper class and their marriages become apparent to the reader. The American Dream is the opportunity to become successful with hard work and initiative. Gatsby himself achieves the American dream of success just to impress the love of his life, Daisy
In the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses literary devices and symbolism to reflect on the American dream. The ideal American dream is that everyone has equal opportunity to achieve success, and prosperity through hard work, determination, and motivation. The Great Gatsby is based on a society that is during the post-war period after world war I. Fitzgerald presents a society in which wealth, materialistic needs, love, and family have all become the social norm and the corrupt American dream. In the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’, Fitzgerald uses Jay Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson, and Daisy Buchanan to remark on the American dream through his use of symbolism and geographical locations to represent an American society. One literary device used to remark on the American dream was geography.
Furthermore, since the American Dream is corrupt, it affects the characters’ lives and makes them corrupt. Moreover, the West Egg, which represents the newly rich demonstrates how the American Dream is corrupt. The West Egg is represented mostly by Jay Gatsby, who is one of the main characters. Mr. Gatsby was in love with a girl named Daisy Buchanan. Mr. Gatsby was willing to do anything for her and he wanted her back in his life, but the only thing is, Daisy is already married.