Theme Of Justice In The Great Gatsby

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Is poetic justice exhibited in society or is it simply a concept written about by human’s desire towards justice? The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald attempts to express the author’s view on the American life during the 1920’s and the lack of poetic justice during that time. It sends a firm message on the exclusiveness proceeding in civilization and the corruption of society through money and materialism. The author attacks both types of social classes and issues through the perspective of Nick who witnesses, as well as takes part in many events throughout the novel. Nick attempts to narrate the events of the story without judgement towards the people he meets. Nick experiences the life of old money through Daisy and Tom, new money through Gatsby, and the working class by George Wilson.…show more content…
Gatsby’s undying efforts to gain Daisy’s attention by throwing grand parties, advertising his wealth, and paying her visits never go unnoticed. The true characteristics of each class are displayed throughout the way they each respond to certain situations and the choices they choose to make. The characters lie, cheat, break laws, and murder. The Great Gatsby ends in a tragedy which F. Scott Fitzgerald foresees society is ultimately leading towards. The great Gatsby explores themes of social classes and the corruption of the American dream through the failure of poetic justice. Poetic justice in literature is the ideal form of justice through a hero’s reward and a villain’s punishment to convey a moral lesson. In The Great Gatsby, by denying the readers poetic justice F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates society’s corruption through the corruption of the American dream and the degradation of social
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