I. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the American Dream is depicted as a mirage due to its ultimate lack of fulfillment, outsider’s inability to obtain it, and the corruption it causes. A. Those who have achieved their idea of the American Dream are ultimately unfulfilled emotionally even though they possess tremendous wealth. B.
Appearing multiple times in the novel, the “valley of ashes” represents the acrimony and poverty of New York in the 1920’s. Carraway describes this barren wasteland with words such as “grotesque” and “fantastic” (PAGE). By using the word grotesque, Fitzgerald portrays an ugly and distorted image of the contrasting world of lavish West Egg, and his tone is most prominently seen through this example. Shying from the masterful subtlety with which Fitzgerald employs his negative diction throughout the novel, “the valley of ashes” is given a simple yet effective description that harshly shows what Fitzgerald intends for the reader to understand. It is in Fitzgerald’s description of the “valley of ashes” that many differing opinions arise on Fitzgerald’s intentions.
Fitzgerald is genius in his use of the sun as a metaphor in The Great Gatsby set in the Gilded Age. Realist author Mark Twain figuratively referred to this age (in the late 19th century to early 20th century) as an age that appeared golden and extravagant on the surface but was dull and corrupt on the inside. The rivalry amongst mega corporations, where the wealth accumulated in the hands of the few, bashed the poor into heavy poverty in the Valley of Ashes, whereas the sumptuously stylish men and women of West and East Egg lived according to the doctrine of the American Dream, ceasing to see anything beyond the money and success of the Gilded Age. Fitzgerald’s basic exegesis of this platonic world (a metaphysical world in which perfect forms of people, places and things exist) is reflected through the eyes of James Gatz, who creates a million-dollar form of himself, Jay Gatsby, in hopes of winning
4.03 Developing Theme Thesis Statement F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and The Jelly Bean both use Irony, Foreshadowing, and symbolism to describe how many people’s endeavor to achieve great wealth and class drove people’s decisions in the 1920s. I. Main Idea for 1st Body Paragraph: Irony A. Literary element use and effect in novel 1. Nick’s relationship to Gatsby is an example of irony because Nick tells the story about Gatsby, but he doesn’t like him.
TKAM Study Guide Chapters 20-23 Expectation: At least 3 sentences per question. Why had Dolphus Raymond made himself into a town outcast? What commentary is he making about the town and its values? Dolphus has made himself a town outcast because the town doesn’t accept the way he wants to live his life. All he does is gives them a reason to, which he can’t help because he is always drunk.
The Great Gatsby is an American novel written by Scott Fitzgerald. On the surface, the book revolves around the concept of romance, the love between two individuals. However, the novel incorporates less of a romantic scope and rather focuses on the theme of the American Dream in the 1920s. Fitzgerald depicts the 1920’s as an era of decline in moral values. The strong desire for luxurious pleasure and money ultimately corrupts the American dream which was originally about individualism.
The theme of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is that the upper class tend to participate in actions that are commonly seen as dishonest, unfaithful, or sketchy. Characters like Nick, Gatsby, Tom and George have twisted views on their own reality due to unfaithfulness and dishonesty. Nick was constantly lied to in the story, for example, Gatsby lied to him about where he got his money. Lies, similar to the one above, gave Nick some twisted views on the reality of his friendship. Gatsby had a twisted view on love due to Daisy marrying Tom right after he left for the war, rather than waiting for him.
His foreboding grandness contradicts the dry purgatory of the valley of ashes, bringing up the imagery of the world being a fallen one. The strangest feature on the eyes, the yellow spectacles, mimic the color of joy and wealth. Just as spectacles distort the sight of a person, wealth can be seen as distorting the view of God, the embodiment of morality. In essence, it shows the convolution of ethics in the quest for economic prosperity. At one point in the novel, the eyes of T. J. Eckleburg are explicitly mentioned as being the eyes of God.
History shows the inevitability that people will deliberately blame others for one of the two major reasons: his/her own satisfaction or the good of the whole. In his novel The Crucible, Arthur Miller calls these types of people “a proctor” and “a fool.” A proctor is an assertive, respected man. Unlike a fool, a proctor’s reputation is not the most important thing to him. A fool is the complete opposite of a proctor. A fool is a proud, villainous person who puts their reputation above all others.
American satire often picks up on the ultimate American joke through the “critical, often ironic, strain that highlights the incongruity between the rhetoric that promises equality, wealth, and prosperity in American culture and the failure of America to fulfill those promises” (Ezell 2). This incongruity underlining American society as the basis for satirical critique manifests politically and the failure of established institutions to provide the “equality, wealth, and prosperity” promised by the concept of “America” is picked up on by Donald Trump, notably with his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”. In this way, political satire and Trump both offer an alternative to the failing of American society to live up to its promise. While both stem from similar veins of discontentedness, and a disdain for the inauthenticity, scandal, and corruption of American politics, Trump’s near satirical reality makes him a popular target for late-night comedy shows (Tryon 10). He is almost too easy of a target as his rhetoric and vocabulary are poor, “He often speaks in long, run-on sentences, with frequent asides.
In the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick Caraway, the protagonist from whose perspective the entire book is set, almost always exhibits radically negative views on other characters and their actions. One person, however, who is “exempt from [his] reaction – [is] Gatsby” (1.4). Nick almost enamors Gatsby. The reason for Nick’s exception of and affection for Gatsby lies largely in Nick himself. Set during the Roaring Twenties, the time when young millionaires were drowning in their wealth and living a careless, lavish life in a city that Nick describes as being filled with: “wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world" (4.68) Nick can’t help but have a feeling that he is “inside and outside at the same time”.
In Conclusion, The film “The Great Gatsby” symbolizes a distortion of the actions and events surrounding the three main characters of the novel; Daisy, Nick and Tom. Although Baz Luhrman 's dramatized approach to "The Great Gatsby” is more entertaining and hence more marketable it takes away from the originality of the novel and underscores the complexity of its characters and themes. It is this complexity that has made “The Great Gatsby” a masterpiece and the movie 's failure to properly depict these complexities is one of the reasons why I found Baz Luhrman 's interpretation disappointing. To the ordinary audience, the movie 's aesthetic grandeur may be enticing, however for a person who genuinely enjoyed Fitzgerald’s work the absence of abstract
To commonwealth, the riches are frequently advertised as uncanny extravagance. Yet whether it is displayed through the torn society in which the superficial and frivolous Kardashians abide, or in the heart of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic, The Great Gatsby, wealth comes at a price. Fitzgerald conveys through his novel that beyond luxurious attire and thirty-thousand-dollar champagne, is an underlying truth that catches a glimpse of a world not so prosper. Indicatively, his fiction follows the story of a young man by the name Nick
Many people across the world enjoy drinking, but drinking heavily over longer periods of time may result in serious long-term health problems. Heavy or long-term consumption of alcohol damages the drinker and also ruins relationships and society in terms of violence and crime, accidents, and drunk driving. Alcoholism is the popular term for the two disorders, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Alcohol abuse is when a person drinks to the point where it 's dangerously affecting their life. While alcohol dependence is when a person is physically or mentally addicted to alcohol.
(Lars Fynbo 2014) Deviant drunk drivers have been involved in burglaries, selling drugs, or have been arrested for domestic violence. (Lars Fynbo 2014) People who are socially deviant drinkers don’t work, don’t have their driving license anymore, or are banned from driving. (Lars Fynbo 2014) Most deviant drinkers come from families who have alcoholic parents and tend to get in trouble a lot. (Lars Fynbo 2014) In order for them to stop getting in trouble with the law, they need to get away from the people they are hanging out with. (Lars Fynbo 2014) Some people who have an alcoholic problem drive with an illegal blood alcohol concentration level.