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The Great Gatsby Duality Analysis

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An essential part of my personality everyone should know is its duality. I would describe myself as neuroticly introverted, but to any observer I probably seem like an extrovert, which would be a reasonable assumption, considering I address the school as class president and perform stand-up comedy of my own volition. This split in my personality took place in elementary school, back when my social skills were nonexistent. While most of the boys played football or soccer, I preferred to play pretend on the playground. Little did I know, I was missing out on a major portion of socialization by not playing sports and was instituting a self-imposed isolation. Over time, I noticed a major division had occurred between the myself and the other students.…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It’s not a particularly long book, nor is it a particularly high reading level, meaning anyone could read it. The Great Gatsby is also a thematically complex book, meaning someone can always find at least one meaningful idea that relates to their life. It comments on everything from the death of the American dream to the downfall of ambition. I, personally, find Gatsby’s perception of the world enlightening. Gatsby possesses a tendency to imbue meaning into objects and people that simply don’t exist. He imagines his love interest, Daisy, as more of a concept than a human being, creating a symbol out of her. I find that many people, myself included, suffer from making symbols of people. These insights combined with the novel’s short, simple, yet rhythmic writing style make The Great Gatsby my must recommend novel for…show more content…
It is a thematic mess that feels as though it was written in haste. This theory is supported by the fact the novel’s author, Zora Neale Hurston, said she wrote the book in seven weeks while on a mission trip in Haiti. That’s insanely fast! Even at the time it was written, Hurston’s novel was criticized for not being political enough and not making any statements. Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of very few novels written by African American females written before the Civil Rights Era, and that is an achievement to be commended, but it doesn’t make it good. Towards the end of her life, Zora Neale Hurston said she wished she could rewrite this novel, and I don’t blame her. There are a lot of great ideas in the novel, but they are noticeably
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