The day after him and Tom’s argument, Gatsby reassures Nick by believing, “I suppose Daisy’ll call,” (Fitz 154). The ignorant mind of Gatsby allows for him to believe after everything that happened between Tom and Daisy following the death of Myrtle, would let him still have a chance to win over Daisy. The pure obliviousness of this statement displays Gatsby’s unbearable optimism which will ultimately lead to his loss of Daisy and death. Gatsby had many gifts, but his most treasured is his, “extraordinary gift for hope,” (Fitz 2). The power of optimism is both beautiful and dangerous.
In chapter 10 Howard Zinn talks about the civil war, the disadvantages and advantages between the poor and rich. The poor have always been the bait in America, due to the lack of money and power. When war is in progress, most of the time the poor are demanded to go to war because the wealthy groups have the money and power to escape from death. “ To give people a choice between two different parties and allow them, in a period of rebellion, to choose the slightly more democratic one was an ingenious mode of control. Like so much in the American system, it was not devilishly contrived by some master plotters; it developed naturally out of the needs of the situation”( Zinn, 200).
C.S. Lewis once quoted, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and of, course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” This exemplifies the genuine idea of what pride can do to a soul. Many never fully acknowledge the sincere people who sit around them, and the beauties these individuals hold. Similarly, in Hurst’s, “The Scarlet Ibis,” Doodle’s older brother, the narrator, is driven to push Doodle to succeed in various activities, because he cannot seem to see Doodle’s “inner beauty.” As the thought of making Doodle the best he can be, and displaying his “inner beauty,” eventually leads to a horrific tragedy. To clarify, in “The Scarlet Ibis,” the narrator is introduced as a conceited,
Quote – “Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry ‘Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!’.” This captures Zelda and Fitzgerald corrupted marriage much like Tom and Daisy. They were both inconsiderate and filled their hollow lives with materialism. Just like Zelda and Fitzgerald, Gatsby also tried to fill the void and escape into established rich to be exquisite, free, and careless, but the light is later covered by fog that separates Gatsby from
Chris was also the kind of kid to always get good grades, without even trying to. I think Chris McCandless felt unfufilled in his life of privilege, and wanted to go out and experience life how he wanted to for awhile, and live freely. Chris may even still be alive today, had he been more prepared. Chris McCandless has always been a bit of a rebel. His spiritual awakening, has led him to quit society.
Respect is considered easiest to lose but hardest to gain. The selfless turned selfish tyrant Macbeth from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the 37th U.S president Richard Nixon, and the once benevolent shadowhunter Valentine from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series all exhibit these similar traits; corruption, do their bidding and conspiring to get rid of their enemies. To begin, corruption was the previous men’s, stated above, main cause of their loss of respect. Macbeth was a brave man who had good intentions but his newly gained power turned him into a selfish murderer who has ‘“ For [his] own good, All causes shall give way. [he is] in blood, Stepped in so far that, should [he] wade no more, Returning were as tedious as
Wallowing in his despair, Gatsby laments at how the consequences of his broken dreams- his obsession and fantasy of Daisy-has essentially drained the life and joy out of his world. Fitzgerald’s use of diction and characterization help to illustrate the full devastation of Gatsby’s loss. By describing Gatsby’s hopelessness and his eventual death, Fitzgerald argues that the fundamental nature of dreams, or rather, the object of a dream, can be corruptible, deceptive, and futile. Fitzgerald starts his biography of Gatsby with the assertion that Gatsby’s romantic and joyful sentiments have been perverted by his heart-breaking rejection. By describing Gatsby’s newfound apathy, melancholy, and pessimism, Fitzgerald portrays the corruptible nature
Gatsby is a big symbol in American popular culture. Gatsby represents a kind of white-handed person who has a dark past, a mysterious lover; People in life have reached the peak of glory and then lost everything. One sees in Gatsby a sacrifice for the glittering glimmer of the so-called "American Dream." But at the same time, in Gatsby, there exists a strange hopeful power of never-giving, a heartfelt and noble love; An innocent romance is not muddy. It is these qualities that make up a complex Gatsby - one who is both a victim, a jester, and a hero.
. the punishment of lost happiness is greater than the sense of present misery” (Monmouth 31). Lear’s desperate cry is an allusion to the wheel of fortune, and it signals the final realization that he has lost everything. Similarly, Shakespeare’s King Lear prominently emphasizes the wheel of fortune in acknowledgement of Lear’s descent. Within both King Lear and “Leir of Britain,” Lear’s allusion to the wheel serves as the turning point towards his demise.
Although the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald emphasizes the parties and prosperity of the American 1920's, it reveals many major characters meeting tragic ends. The characters who meet these ends - Jay Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson, and George Wilson - possess the same tragic characteristic: they endeavor for something more out of their lives than what they have. This ambition for what they could not have ultimately spelled their doom: Gatsby wanted money and Daisy; Myrtle wanted wealth and luxury, and sought it from Tom Buchanan; Wilson earned what he could only to please Myrtle. The Great Gatsby reveals a tragic nature through the trials and tribulations these characters endure to progress and prosper, only to receive death for their ambition. The exciting and wild time period of the "Roaring Twenties" provides a stark contrast to the deaths in order to further highlight the tragic nature of the novel, and leaves a theme that even those with the most hope and strong ambitions can fail and die miserably, no matter how much money they have.