“’I know you didn't mean to, but you did do it. That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man’” (72), and he does not seem to care much about her. Daisy confused love with wealth, “’She wanted her life shaped now, immediately – and the decision must be made by some force – of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality’” (151), therefore, Tom easily bought her love with “’a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars’” (76). Daisy’s incontrollable passion for wealth overtakes her identity causing conflictions within her life.
Daisy, as an upper class and elegant girl, and almost unreachable for Gatsby, was a part of his American Dream. But he never realized that his love for Daisy is actually his own obsession of reaching his dream that he planed when he was young. His little disappointment after he
In Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin the lost soul that is David would much rather “play it safe” than live his best life. He does this because he has grown to be ashamed of his sexuality and who is in general. The author of this novel James Baldwin once said “love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” Since David is ashamed of himself he pretends to be someone he’s not and hides behind this “mask” of deceit in order to feel secure his body and in the unaccepting society he lives in. He grows so accustomed to this mask that he rejects love and the nakedness of vulnerability that would come with taking off this mask.
From the ballroom beneath, muffled and suffocating chords were drifting up on hot waves of air.” This comes from a conversation that Daisy and Tom have. It describes perfectly how their relationship goes. Their marriage is dysfunctional, yet they have grown too complacent in to do anything about it. They began to drift apart more and more, that is until Gatsby forced them to confront their marriage when he asked Daisy to say she never loved Tom.
From then on forward, she wanted to prove that women were worth just as much as men were ( Billie Jean King - In search of Equality). Not shy of speaking her mind, she pushed The National Tennis Association for equal prize money for men and women. Still fighting, King played the infamous ‘Battle of the Sexes’ where she defeated Bobby Riggs 6-4 6-3 6-3 further proving that women were just as good as men. In 1973, when the unequal prize money was still not being addressed, she once again jeopardized herself by threatening to boycott the U.S. Open unless they offered equal pay for both genders (Billie Jean King Biography).
Scylla seems almost insane for going against her father who has been protecting their people for King Minos that she has never met. She just assumes that everything will turn out just as planned. This shows she as a naive woman who believes that everything will happen the way she wants it to happen. Her plan is to pull out her father’s hair, let King Minos win the war, and they will fall in love, though she has no knowledge of Minos’ personality. She offers him all she has in exchange for his affection.
When we first see Gatsby, he has “stretched out his arm towards... a single green light, minute and far away.” The green light symbolises a once-pure love that has become tainted by the pursuit of wealth; the once-bright light has now become far away and tinged with green, the colour of money. The lack of integrity Gatsby has in his love for Daisy has led to the corruption of that love by the social forces of the 1920s. George and Myrtle Wilson are another example of how relationships are corrupted by materialism “God knows what you’ve been doing... You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!”
The American Dream is the opportunity to become successful with hard work and initiative. Gatsby himself achieves the American dream of success just to impress the love of his life, Daisy
When one path does not work, he conjures up a new path to continue trying to gain acceptance, which is his definition of success. To obtain this goal, he experiments with hate, as his acts of love are not effective in gaining that acceptance (133). He sees no reason as to why he cannot hate those who hated him first (87). The being watches the effects that his physique has on humans and begins to question who and what he is. He thinks he is unworthy and not good enough for the world (108).
Furthermore, Gatsby does all the things for Daisy in order to compete against Tom and his “old world” wealth. When Gatsby revealed to Tom,” She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart, she never loved anyone except me” (Fitzgerald 130). The truth to Tom about Gatsby and Daisy's intentions revealed what she thought in her heart.
(Mathis). As a way to boost morale, guilt was another essential aspect into influencing Americans to want to win the war. The American government subtly blackmailed women into doing what was necessary for a victory without appearing
One event that is surprising to me personally in the book was when arthur gave nate his 1st place prize which was a skateboard that nate really wanted. Why this is surprising to me is because nate hated him because he entered in his troop and stole his 1st place spot and took his spot in his troop with his friends teddy and francis which they let him in the troop and nate did not agree to the decision of letting him in [Arthur] On pg.43 and on pg.85 it states,teddy says this is nate's best friend¨He really wants to win that skateboard¨. Then nate says ¨no that's my skateboard not his¨.On page 85 it also states , Nate sad this¨Arthur made me some brownies that's so obnoxious and on page 73 nate says¨how much I hate arthur he's so irritating
Gatto is a far left libertarian who believe that schools are harmful to American society, yet he doesn’t provide substantial evidence in order to argue his point. In his article, he goes out of his way to show how bad public schools are, but only uses his personal experience instead of actual facts to back up his points. Throughout his whole article, he shows multiple mistakes that proves his opinion to be inconclusive. Gatto claims that schools are harmful to American society, yet he doesn’t provide substantial evidence in order to argue his point.
Compelled, page 18. “Her face compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened-then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk.” F. Scott Fitzgerald uses compelled here because it often implies control over the person being compelled. Other words like beckoned wouldn’t convey the lack of control Nick felt, despite being otherwise interchangeable. Enchanted, page 61.
Antithesis is a rhetorical device in which two opposite ideas are put together in a sentence to achieve a contrasting effect F Scott. Fitzgerald employs this technique to contrast the character of Nick Carraway with that of the overarching themes present in the society that are also possessed by the other individual characters. This society is steeped in the social stratification and conspicuous materialism that is characteristic of the jazz age of the 1920’s. “These characters… constitute America itself as it moves into the jazz age” , and just like the society that was looking to increase in prosperity, the individual characters in the Great Gatsby were also in pursuit of acquiring and maintaining this money, status and social prestige.