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    Nick in The Great Gatsby personified the dwindling hope of Americans as they transitioned into the depressing Modernist movement. Prior to the war, Daisy had envisaged a life of happiness with Gatsby, but he did not return from the war soon enough and married Tom instead. Wilson's demeanor after Myrtle's death was delusional, unstable, and almost insane, causing him to think it logical to murder Gatsby.

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald, the icon of beautiful lyricism, uses many intriguing patterns within his novel, The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald, in his writing of the 1920s, introduces the reader to the world after the Great War; a world of overindulged wealth, unrealistic dreams, and undeniable poverty. Where there is wealth it is not used in an honorable way; where dreams may form, they are impossible to accomplish due to their exorbitant standards; and where dust accumulates, there poverty gathers as well. Throughout his novel, Fitzgerald uses the pattern of dust and ashes to display his essential themes of immorality, poverty, and death.

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    Satire in The Great Gatsby Is Fitzgerald's novel a love story that exposes the American ideals, or may it be a satire that highlights troubles throughout the American Society in the twenties? The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald uses satire to comment on the American society during the roaring twenties. Satire is visible through the contrast between Jay Gatsby and George Wilson, but most importantly through the Valley of Ashes and Gatsby’s parties. Using these characters and places, Fitzgerald shows the American dream has died and been replaced with the pursuit of money, rather than happiness.

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    Also Gatsby’s has this obsession with Daisy that masks his harsh reality of him being with daisy. The illusions are to be about Daisy and the American Dream. This book is filled with drama and love,

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    In the book "The Great Gatsby" written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, provides multiple examples of wooden-headedness. Gatsby shows a great deal of stubbornness with his emotions towards Daisy. At one point in time, they were in love, although times have changed. Finally seeing Daisy after many years (present participle), he still thinks they will once again be in love. Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan, and is not interested in being with Gatsby.

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    He loses his sense of clear judgement, just as Oedipus was blinded by his tragic flaw. Gatsby portrays his blindness when he says, “Can’t repeat the past … Why of course you can!” (Fitzgerald 118). Even after Daisy shows that she is not willing to give up her life and be with him, Gatsby is so far disillusioned that he does not give up. Fitzgerald uses the tragic hero characteristic of a tragic flaw both to link Gatsby as a modern tragic hero to tragic heroes of old and to set up this central character’s final

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    The self-made man is a paragon of virtue and is often paralleled with the idea of a meritocracy. In his novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald challenges the reality of the American dream through Nick Carraway, a fairly well off young man with no tangible end goal in life. Since Nick does not have a real dream, he compares the many dreamers in his life to the ideal self-made man. The American dream can be defined as a ‘rags-to-riches’ story, where a self-made man virtuously amasses unlimited success and wealth. Fitzgerald believes that upward class mobility is impossible without help and fraud, and describes three factions of people to disprove the American myth of the self-made man.

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    Gatsby represents the clash of love and happiness. Moreover, his persistence and confusion led him to a false idea of himself. More importantly, Gatsby's trouble with love reveals something significant about happiness’ temporary nature. Following Gatsby’s dance with Daisy, Gatsby expresses his distance from her. Nick then proclaims that, “You can’t repeat the past” (110).

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    It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved any one except me..." Gatsby speaks with a declaration, but it is also tinged with a love of the past, and what that past might have meant in his own mind, another vision of the "Platonic conception of self." ( Fitzgerald 34). Gatsby declares to Tom about how Daisy never loved him, and she

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    Through the failed dreams of Gatsby, Daisy, and Nick, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, establishes the idea that dreams cannot be achieved after they are deferred. The first person to prolong their dream, and make it impossible to achieve, is Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby’s dream is to be with Daisy. He almost has this dream even before he went off

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    His persona that he has built up crumbles away to show that he is no more than a man, love-struck and awkward. “He fumbled with a series of beginnings. “Why, I thought- why look here, old sport, you don’t make much money, do you?” At the mention of Daisy, Gatsby begins to lose his words, unable to start a sentence properly.

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    Hope In The Great Gatsby

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    Hope is presented through the form of imagery and symbolism throughout the text which is quickly introduced at the end of Chapter 1 where Nick Carraway catches Jay Gatsby staring out towards East Egg, just were Daisy and tom lived, “I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntary I glanced seaward - and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock”. (pg. 25). The Green Light in the novel represents Gatsby’s dreams and aspirations in hope of his future, in fact, it is Daisy, in which it is so close yet so far to achieve. The Green Light can also be related to the American Dream in particular where its colour symbolises wealth and money of the materialistic society of which Gatsby lives in.

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    Fitzgerald, emphasizes the impact of chasing unrealistic dreams when an individual does not realize the , and the outcome of losing a grasp with reality because the perusement of these dreams will be at the expense of our true happiness, which will overall lead to an unsatisfying

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    Inspired by his own materialistic, self-destructive life, author F. Scott Fitzgerald, in his influential novel The Great Gatsby, accurately criticizes the delusion of the American psychology of success in 1920s America - as well as the present day - revealing the demoralizing atmosphere of inadequacy and failure in pursuing an unreachable objective, while illuminating the hidden pandemic of misery this caused among the American people - preventing their

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    His passiveness sparks complications early on, such as when Tom takes Nick to meet Myrtle in secret. Nick tags along because he “had nothing better to do” (24) and seems to have little qualms about the fact that Tom is cheating on Daisy openly. As Daisy’s cousin, it is expected that he stands against Tom’s infidelity.

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    The 1920’s To say The Great Gatsby influenced people would be wrong and right. The book wasn 't the only thing that gave people in the 1920s the motivation and American dream that was needed before the war. The stock market crash also played a big role in restoring the great american society. Yeah it might of put america in a horrible spot and probably the worst we’ve ever been

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    The first example of dissatisfaction in The Great Gatsby is Gatsby and his obsession with Daisy. The root of Gatsby’s dissatisfaction was Daisy, he felt that his life was incomplete without her in it. As Nick said about Gatsby, "He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy" (Fitzgerald 110). What made Gatsby dissatisfied was how much work he put into try win over Daisy.

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    Throughout the novel, Gatsby is regarded as a self-made gentleman who doesn’t drink at his own parties due to his morals. However in this passage, through the descriptions and reflections of Nick the reader discovers how Daisy’s love had corrupted his morals. Before coming to the East, Gatsby’s aspiration was to achieve the American Dream but in this passage we discover the fact after his love with Daisy, all he ever wanted was to win Daisy as if she was an award of excellence. He keeps trying blindly as “he did not know that is was already behind him, somewhere in that vast obscurity beyond the city”. This quote supports the claim as Gatsby is being ignorant to the truth as he is not willing comprehend the fact that he could not accomplish his only goal in life.

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald was a writer who rose to fame during the Roaring 20s with novels such as The Great Gatsby and The Side of Paradise. His article, the Crack-Up, is about the difficulties and confrontations of his fame. In the article, he writes about how there are things in life that will impact one, but it will be slow. Life continues to move and it will not stop for anyone. Regardless of what one does, life is process of breaking down because there are blows in life that influence a person and bring them down, but it is up to the person to do something about it.

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    This dream of everyone for the better life, but it was evident that this dream only truly caused corruption and disruption, disruption of human life. This phenomenon of 1920’s that broke fates of many people, people that believed, people that worked hard. The Great Gatsby is a novel that demonstrates what happened to The American Dream in the 1920’s. The desire to have much money and to have love sometimes is not realizable. In the novel of Fitzgerald we see cynical post-war judgments about love and human actions, the novel is a kind of synthesis that graphically demonstrates us the entirely period of time, tragic period of time, period of the loss of human values, period when the human lost himself, frustrating period.

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