4.03 Developing Theme Thesis Statement F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and The Jelly Bean both use Irony, Foreshadowing, and symbolism to describe how many people’s endeavor to achieve great wealth and class drove people’s decisions in the 1920s. I. Main Idea for 1st Body Paragraph: Irony A. Literary element use and effect in novel 1. Nick’s relationship to Gatsby is an example of irony because Nick tells the story about Gatsby, but he doesn’t like him.
By the end of the First World War, the American novel had reached a new expressive self-sufficiency, eager and ready to absorb and project the complexity of American life. Scott Fitzgerald started writing when the young generation had just returned from the First World War. Distrustful of the past and disillusioned with culture and conventions, the young people had nothing to fall back upon except their own experience. Fitzgerald fixates on the relationship between individual and society as a tussle between the irreconcilable. Fitzgerald too agrees the same: "I am interested in the individual only in his relation to society” (Callahan 5).
Nick Carraway is a monomyth hero according to the ideologies of Joseph Campbell. Campbell describes a hero as someone who must, “put aside his pride, his virtue, beauty and life and bow or submit to the absolutely intolerable.” In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway must depart from a life he knows, and journey into the unknown, where he succumbs to a call of adventure. The challenges and ordeals he faces construct his character and lead him to challenge his integrity and morals. Over the course of his quest, he is transformed and later returns back to the land he knows.
The Great Gatsby is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that highlights the American Experiment, which depicts the power that the individual’s choice over their lives. Gatsby does a good job at showing us a story archetype that reminds one of the ancient Greek tragedies, such as Antigone, or the more recent Romeo and Juliet. Star-crossed mortals, doomed to die. But oh, do they leave such a good story for those with a bit more time left on our clocks. Romance, mystery, death, murder, wealth, power, and more.
In the last passage of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the reader gains insight into Gatsby’s life through the reflections of Nick Carraway. These reflections provide a summary of Gatsby’s life and also parallel the main themes in the novel. Through Fitzgerald’s use of diction and descriptions, he criticizes the American dream for transformation of new world America from an untainted frontier to a corrupted industrialized society. In the novel, Fitzgerald never mentions the phase “American Dream,” however the idea is significant to the story.
Throughout the novel, Gatsby is regarded as a self-made gentleman who doesn’t drink at his own parties due to his morals. However in this passage, through the descriptions and reflections of Nick the reader discovers how Daisy’s love had corrupted his morals. Before coming to the East, Gatsby’s aspiration was to achieve the American Dream but in this passage we discover the fact after his love with Daisy, all he ever wanted was to win Daisy as if she was an award of excellence. He keeps trying blindly as “he did not know that is was already behind him, somewhere in that vast obscurity beyond the city”. This quote supports the claim as Gatsby is being ignorant to the truth as he is not willing comprehend the fact that he could not accomplish his only goal in life.
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author uses an allusion to the World Series to develop Gatsby's character. The quote indicates that Meyer Wolfsheim was involved in the World Series scandal in 1919. Gatsby's association with Wolfsheim shows that Gatsby is involved with shady business and might not have made his fortunes legally. This is later proven in the book when the reader finds out that Gatsby was involved in bootlegging with Wolfsheim. This speaks for his character that he will do anything to become rich, even if it is not
Leah Pope Mrs. Dixon Honors American Literature Class 3B 03/02/17 The Great Gatsby Rhetorical Analysis Essay Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby are polar opposites. Nick is poor while Gatsby is rich, Nick is laid-back while Jay is social and throws extravagant parties every weekend, and Nick is honest and doesn’t hide who he is while nobody truly knows who Gatsby really is or how he got his riches or even what he really does. So, how are the two such close friends?
I encountered The Great Gatsby from a myriad of lists on GoodReads, more specifically, it always falls on the lists where the themes seem to be “American Classics” and “Classics”. So, I’ve decided to finally give it a try after some heavy persuasion. In my article, I will be discussing on what exactly makes The Great Gatsby an examples of great American Classics, as well as the themes and literary elements used within the novel.
Winegarten’s theory presented that Victor Hugo was astonished well-known author with powerful set of words to bring culture to the world. The novel “Les Miserables” (1862) was a great work of political art. In the literary map of the heroic myth in the revolting revolution for the portrayal of the resurrection. The middle, high, and college-level students will help understand the dark aspect of the author, Victor Hugo prove to the “Les Miserables.”
The narrator, Nick is impressed by Gatsby in the beginning. He did not expect his mythical neighbor "The Gatsby" to be just around 30, tanned and very introverted. He thought if he met Gatsby, he 'd be middle aged, very outgoing and pompous. Gatsby hardly even participated in festivities at his own parties and stayed away from the crowds. He was nothing like Nick 's expectations.
The period of the nineteen twenties was characterized by dynamic social and economic trends. F. Scott Fitzgerald is a celebrated writer for not only his ability to write popular stories, but also his embodiment of the spirit of what was called the roaring twenties. Fitzgerald led a fiscally irresponsible life which was typical, even romanticized for that time. Additionally, he was known to write notable novels which enraptured the reader with adept uses of rhetorical tools and vivid descriptions instead of direct statements. This is common in two of his short stories, The Camel’s Back and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
What does the american dream really mean to society? To willy loman the american dream dicated everyday life and dictated how he treated his wife and children. To biff loman on the other hand he viewed it as an oppressive mindset from his father. Arthur miller 's Death of a salesman portrayed an aging mentally unstable salesman in 1950s america at the peak of the “ suburban dream” or “ american dream “ era where people felt they could live the life everyone wanted to weather it was happiness or wealth they seek. Willy loman the salesman wants a good life for his wife and 2 adult sons biff and happy.
They begin conversing like two regular party guests getting to know one another, when Nick asks if the stranger knows about any of the rumors about their host. Then the stranger reveals himself as Gatsby. Nick is stunned to realize that this humble person with whom he has been speaking owns such a beautiful property and possesses an amazing wealth. Prior to their meeting, Nick expected Gatsby to be some shady fellow with an extreme past due to the rumors. Nick comes to realize that none of the over the top rumors about Gatsby were true; Nick now knows the truth about “The Man behind the Myths”.
Appropriately titled, the roaring twenties popularized the fascination, as well as the opportunity, for wealth and success. These ideals directly reflect the foundations of the American Dream, however, these goals would often lead the pursuers down a path of corruption and extreme individualism─alienating people, even with those who refer to them as acquaintances. The characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby undergo the same experience, as multiple characters in the novel that chased the American Dream were left with the hollowed shell, which contained nothing but outsidedness. Fitzgerald, through characterization, develops the thematic idea of chasing a wealth-based American Dream, and the great consequences that accompany it.