The Great Gatsby Greed can ruin a person’s life. F. Scott Fitzgerald shows this in his classic novel, The Great Gatsby, a sad love story about the rich title character, Jay Gatsby, and his obsession to win back the love of the now married Daisy Buchanan, his former girlfriend. The extravagant lifestyles of Gatsby and the wealthy socialites who attend his parties lead to lost dreams and wasted lives. These men and women are absorbed by material pursuits. In Jay Gatsby’s case, all the money in the world could not replace what he truly desires, Daisy.
Color is everywhere. Although color may not seem important, they might have a greater, deeper meaning. Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is set back in the Roaring 20’s, when the economy was booming. A newly rich man named Jay Gatsby is one of the richer people in this time that enjoys his money. He throws overgenerous parties, hoping that the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, attends.
In “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, the dialect establishes the tone between the narrator and Wheeler by having Wheeler tell a series of stories about a betting man named Smiley. The narrator makes a point to emphasize that Wheeler is a just average person and that he has little interest in interviewing him about a likely mad up story about a man named Smiley. This results in the tone of the story being nonchalant. For example, “…it would remind him of his infamous Jim Smiley, and he would got to work and bore me to death with some exasperating reminiscence of him as long and tedious as it should be useless to me. I that was the design, it succeeded.”
The color yellow symbolizes many deceitful ideas in the novel. As Nick is entering into the Valley of the Ashes, he acknowledges a billboard of an eye doctor and notes: “They look out no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles…” (23). T.J. Eckleburg is looked upon as a fake God. The billboard looks over the Valley of Ashes, implying that he is always watching. While reading, there seems to be a nonexistent reality of religion.
The Colossal Difference Within Long Island For centuries, money has been an ever-prominent force in the decisions and actions of humans. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald illuminates the powerful effect of money in creating and changing people in the American society of the 1920’s. Long Island, split into two sections, the East egg, representing old aristocracy, and the West Egg of the newly rich, Fitzgerald depicts the constant struggle between social hierarchies to reach the ideal American dream. He represents the changing social frame between “old” and “new” money, their symbolic differences, and the morals of the citizens inhabiting each egg.
In society, different things have been forced into the brains of people throughout their lives. Animals are labeled, races are stereotyped, different colours are conditioned into people’s brains with different archetypes. Knowing this, authors use this technique to enhance their writing and even to foreshadow the plot. Colours are used mainly to decipher what group a character belongs in, what happens to them further on, and what their wants are. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the use of symbolism and imagery are used as main tools for Fitzgerald to foreshadow Jay Gatsby’s desires and ultimately are key factors leading to his death.
F. Scott Fitzgerald had the creative and extraordinary way of writing The Great Gatsby based on compassion, death, and betrayal. The author even included themes like justice, power, and greed. Through the fanciful parties that Gatsby threw, the love that Daisy Buchanan and Gatsby showed, and the society that loved wealth and money, The Great Gatsby is expressed through past and present. This nine chapter novel demonstrates different social classes, money, domination, and love. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays a strong message through this chapter without a title, but yet “The End of the Green Light” connects the beginning of the novel to the end.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a well known American classic read by hoards of high school students each year, but it is more than just another English reading assignment. The Great Gatsby is a great source of social commentary of the roaring twenties. With it’s many themes and motifs littered carefully throughout the book, Fitzgerald paints an abstract portrait of what it meant to be “upper class” in the twenties. He touches on many topics, but the most prominent motif that shows up in the book is that of loss.
Many authors use different techniques to communicate various ideas and feelings of the characters. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, takes place in the roaring twenties and follows Nick Carraway and how his world changes once he befriends his new neighbour, Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is very mysterious to others, but Nick discovers that his determination to reunite with his true love, Daisy. Since Gatsby and Daisy have last seen each other, things have changed and it becomes obvious that is impossible to turn back time; especially considering that Daisy marries Tom and they now have a child. Nick watches everything unfold and learns many important things throughout this experience.
As the novel progresses, and the extent of the materialistic behavior of each character increases, the imagery of decaying flowers becomes increasingly more prevalent. Decay is analogous with death and the end of something magnificent, while flowers continue to symbolize love. In The Great Gatsby, the horrific assassin of romance is materialistic yearnings. This concept is presented extremely clearly in Nick’s comparison of a young Daisy to an older version of herself. While describing how immensely Daisy missed Gatsby while he was away at war it states, “Daisy was young and her artificial world was redolent of orchids” (Fitzgerald 151).