The Great Gatsby Love And Carelessness

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Love and Carelessness Love. What is it? It’s a powerful feeling and beautiful feeling but not a feeling everyone is always able to understand or give back. Some only know how to love and some don’t know how to love at all. F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer of the novel “The Great Gatsby” , and E.E. Cummings, writer of the poem “anyone lived in a pretty how town,” convey similar themes of love and carelessness in their works through the use of diction, imagery and symbolism. Both selections are about individuals that are in love and reveal the power it has on character, life and actions. “The Great Gatsby” uses a unique diction within the text that contributes to the theme of love and carelessness. The characters Daisy and Tom portrayed…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald uses a variety of imagery during the course of the novel . An example of imagery he used is “men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars…”(Fitzgerald pg.39) “People were not invited-they went there... “Sometimes they came without having met Gatsby at all.”(Fitzgerald pg.41) “Englishmen dotted about;all well dressed all looking a little hungry.” (Fitzgerald pg.42)Gatsby had grand parties that were glamourous. People came from all over to get drunk and party. Nobody knew who Gatsby was nor did they get invited they just came because they wanted to get drunk they didn’t care that it was illegal or about the host. They didn't even care about going to the party uninvited it didn’t hurt their self-respect simply because they were careless people. The imagery in the “The Great Gatsby” also portrayed love. In one scene “he adjusted himself a little visibly. His hand took hold of hers, and as she said something low in his ear he turned toward her with a rush of emotion. I think that voice held him most, with its fluctuating, feverish warmth, because it couldn’t be over- dreamed.”(Fitzgerald pg.96) During this scene the level of love that Gatsby is feeling is unexplainable. He has the love of his life in his arms , the girl he so desperately wanted is with him. Fitzgerald used symbols to get a theme across. The green light was a very big and important symbol in the novel.”you always have a green light that burns…show more content…
There's two ways to interpret the poem. One way is a love story while the other is a sad story. E. E. Cummings used diction like “Women and men (both little and small) cared for anyone not at all” (Cummings Line 5 and 6)to show the carelessness in the characters. People in the speaker's life are extremely careless, they show no care or concern they just go on about their lives. “Anyone was all to her.” (Cummings Line 16)This line shows the love in the person’s life and how important the character’s lover was to him. Imagery in the poem reinforces the theme. “Star rain sun moon” (Cummings Line 21)“spring summer autumn winter”(Cummings Line 3) These are all things we see or experience in a cycle. In the context of the poem this could mean a cycle of carelessness. Meaning people are born, they grow up and then die, but the whole time they are careless individuals. “She laughed his joy she cried his grief” (Cummings Line 14)This piece of imagery reveals the love between “she” and “he” , they both are supportive of each other through good and bad. Cummings included symbolism in the poem that contributes to the theme. For example, “with up so floating many bells down” (Cummings Line 24)the bells in the poem symbolized a sense of hope for all the carelessness between people. Maybe it could all diminish as people learn to care for others. “Someones married their everyone”
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