In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author uses many differnt retorical devices to add a personal flare to his work. He uses diction, symbolism, and irony to adress many different themes. These themes include Materialism, The American Dream, and includes a sharp and biting ridicule on American society in the 1920’s.
Characters in novels can have obsessions with people, the same as in the world readers live in today. In the book, The Great Gatsby, the main, male character, Gatsby, is obsessed with a woman named Daisy Buchanan. In the passage Winter Dreams, Dexter, the main male character, is obsessed with a woman, Judy Jones. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote both of these novels/ passages introducing the same theme. The Great Gatsby is a story about a man who has revolved part of his life around trying to achieve his American dream by conforming to a woman and society 's standards. As well as The Great Gatsby, the passage Winter Dreams, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has a similar theme. A poor man loves a wealthier woman and spends his life trying to get her. To be able
The Great Gatsby is an American classic novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 during the roaring twenties. The author mainly talks about a character named Gatsby who is very wealthy but who is empty inside without his dream love, Daisy who he has been in love with for about five years . He faces challenges to be with his love because he is from a different class and he wasn’t born in a wealthy family. Fitzgerald takes us on a journey to show us a lot about the American class during that era and how they view each other. Fitzgerald mainly focuses is on the differences between the old money society and new money society. Baz Luhrmann, the director of the 2013 movie of The Great Gatsby adds quotes or uses the direct quotes from the book that effectively convey the novel’s the theme of money and power can affect how you can perceive others. He makes decisions that show the theme by using quotes that make the theme stand out and gives an understanding observation of the time for people like Gatsby who is from a different society.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece of literature “The Great Gatsby”, the eponymous character is shown to be an eccentric man with a shrouded past, which only becomes revealed to the reader in the final third portion of the book. Through his past, and many other subtleties laced into the book by Fitzgerald, it is heavily hinted at that Gatsby himself is African-American, being pale enough to pass as a white man in West Egg. The inklings of this idea are planted through this novel, both overt and symbolic, such as the geography laid out by Fitzgerald and characters’ placement in that, character interactions between Gatsby and harsh racists like Tom Buchanan, and Gatsby’s past that got him to West Egg and found him his fortune. Gatsby being black was a very hidden yet powerful statement by Fitzgerald on the upward mobility of African-Americans during the 1920’s when racism and racial violence were becoming extremely prevalent, and the lengths these people had to go to to achieve that mobility, with no guaranteed success.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby describes the life of Jay Gatsby in the 1920’s. The novel shares his love story and his loneliness. A major question the author raises is how does wealth impact class structure and society? Fitzgerald answers this question through the distinction between “New rich” and “Old rich” and the significance of East and West Egg.
The Great Gatsby presents us with a dichotomy in the upper class between the nouveau riche of West Egg, the likes of Gatsby, and the established upper class founded on “old money”, represented in East Egg by those such as Tom and Daisy who have inherited a fortune from their predecessors without having gained it through their own labour. Through the Buchanan’s characters Fitzgerald provides us with a social commentary on the “old money” people, presenting them as careless and shallow characters. In doing this Fitzgerald demonstrates the mentality among the East Eggers that not everyone is equal, clearly highlighted by Tom’s disapproval of Gatsby: ““An Oxford man!” He was incredulous. “Like hell he is! He wears a pink suit.”” The fact that
Colors prove quite important throughout the novel, in representation of both themes and characters themselves. The most notable color is gold, which captures the allure of wealth and the emptiness beneath it that Fitzgerald portrayed throughout the novel. The epigraph mentions gold twice, emphasizing its attractiveness (in this case, in a significant other.) The “gold hat” which it mentions symbolizes Gatsby and his aggregated false riches which were made to woo Daisy Buchanan. Interestingly enough, the author of the quote, Thomas Parke D’Invilliers, is a pen name for F. Scott Fitzgerald himself from an earlier novel, This Side of Paradise. The color gold appears many times to describe Daisy, Gatsby, and
The American Dream is a lifestyle: the thought that if you put in hard work, you will gain wealth. Through this wealth, you will have happiness. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is quintessential of The American Dream: he started off dirt poor and with dedication, he made himself into something; a rags to riches story. As The Declaration Of Independence states: '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.' In other words, every person in America has the right to really make themselves into someone, even if you start with nothing. A nobody from nowhere can turn themselves into somebody from somewhere. Nick Carraway, our narrator, appeared to be simultaneously entranced and repulsed by Jay Gatsby's dedication and belief in The American Dream. So, F. Scott Fitzgerald's opinion on the American Dream can be hard to decipher. The American Dreamer will work very hard to achieve inflated dreams that never turn out the way they intended them.
In our society, money is seen as the most important factor in decision making and in our overall lives. This is shown throughout all of Fitzgerald’s works and in many of his characters. His stories continually mention the effect that money has on the community. In one of her criticisms, Mary Jo Tate explains that “[Fitzgerald] was not a simple worshiper of wealth or the wealthy, but rather he valued wealth for the freedom and possibilities it provided, and he criticized the rich primarily for wasting those opportunities. He rightly identified that money - both its presence and its absence - does something to people” (1). These ideals reflect what can be seen in all of his literary
The novel “The Great Gatsby” by Scott Fitzgerald tells a story of some distinguishing people. Throughout the novel Fitzgerald uses color symbolism and characterization to describe these complex character’s personalities. Several settings, objects and people are described with a certain color, behind the color is a significance that can help us get a better picture of the type of character being described. Characterization is used throughout by describing personality traits of each individual character. Two of the main characters that are described through these ideas are Gatsby and Wilson. These two characters meet through Tom Buchanan when Gatsby and Tom Buchanan
The ‘roaring twenties’ were a period of great social change. This time period was an easy time for the upper class, characterized by mass spending, boisterous parties, and carefree actions. The affluent lived seemingly perfect lives, however, much of this was just a façade. In reality, the lives of the rich were ‘gilded’, alluring on the outside, but tarnished on the inside. The outer appearance of the sought after lives that the rich lived are exemplified by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. A variety of tools are used by Fitzgerald in his novel to portray the wild emotions and feelings of the upper class throughout the book, with one of the main literary elements used being color. Fitzgerald’s usage of the color gold portrays traditional wealth and success, which contrasts with the usage of the color yellow, a fake gold, to symbolize desperation and corruption.
When meeting someone for the first time a large part of an initial impression is their clothing. The color, quality and style of their clothing gives information about them as a person that may or may not be true. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, utilizes clothing as an informer of each character’s lifestyle and their desires. Fitzgerald carefully depicts each character’s clothing using color, material, and quality to expose their insecurities. He uses clothing to show how each character wants to be perceived. Unlike race or eye color, clothing is not permanent and can be easily changed, which Fitzgerald uses to exhibit character’s status, emotions, and personalities. In the novel, character mask who they are using their
Color is everywhere. Although color may not seem important, they might have a greater, deeper meaning. Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is set back in the Roaring 20’s, when the economy was booming. A newly rich man named Jay Gatsby is one of the richer people in this time that enjoys his money. He throws overgenerous parties, hoping that the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, attends. Gatsby’s life is filled with various colors which signify the messages Fitzgerald is trying to convey. Color symbolism plays an important role through the novel, The Great Gatsby.
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. My paper will look into how Fitzgerald presented clothes to represent other things rather than fashion itself.