The Great Gatsby Essays

  • The Great Gatsby

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    effects of wealth, his egoism and self-confidence, and his alcoholism. After this unsuccessful novel, he moved to Hollywood and became a scriptwriter. He died of a heart attack in 1940, at age 44, with his final novel only half completed. The Great Gatsby, published in 1925, is considered Fitzgerald's finest work. This novel centers in Nicks and Gatsby's strange friendship and his pursuit of a married woman named Daisy, which lead to his exposure as a bootlegger and eventually his death. Although

  • Desire In The Great Gatsby

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    Desire in The Great Gatsby Desire can lead people in many different directions -- some good, and some bad. Desire can confuse people, and give them false hope. This makes them commit actions without thinking about consequences.Throughout the book, The Great Gatsby, desire influenced the choices of Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, and Myrtle. First, Gatsby desires to have Daisy and will do anything to get her attention. Throughout the book Gatsby tries many different ways to catch Daisy’s attention. For instance

  • Why Is Gatsby Great

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    Any average person would desire to be a “Gatsby” who is extremely wealthy, widely idolized, and seemingly impeccable. Indeed, what makes Gatsby great is his lavish lifestyle and self-earned wealth. However, the more one observes Gatsby, the more one realizes that his epithet is incongruous with his actual character. Not only is the major factor that makes him remarkable, wealth, a result of illegal bootlegging, but he seems to contradict his ‘greatness’ in various instances in the novel. This leaves

  • Homosexuality In The Great Gatsby

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    The Great Gatsby: Analysis The Great Gatsby is a novel about a man named Nick Carraway. Nick is the narrator and is the neighbor of a very wealthy man who goes by the name, Gatsby. Throughout the novel, it is made clear that all of the men are womanizers, including Nick. But it is also inferred that Nick is a homosexual. Fitzgerald implied in the novel that Nick, the narrator, had a homosexual affair with a photographer. This novel was set in the 1920’s, and at that time, it would have been shameful

  • Boundaries In The Great Gatsby

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    In the book “The Great Gatsby” the story centers around a character named Gatsby, and the story of his dreams being reached, but there are many hardships that need to be pushed through in order to reach his dream. This dream is something he wants, but can’t reach for it is but a fantasy created to help cope with the reality of the harsh world. This same statement could be used on the dreams of many illegal immigrants, or just people coming to the united states, and that’s the American dream. These

  • The Great Gatsby Analysis

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    saying is true. Nick carefully introduces Gatsby in the novel, and later reveals the truth about how Gatsby’s real name was ‘James Gatz- that was really, or at least his legally name...” (Fitzgerald 98). Nick is evidently aware of the truth of Gatsby but does not provide the information that he already knew. “James Gatz – that was really, or at least legally his name…” (Fitzgerald 98) “the truth was…” (Fitzgerald 98) before explaining the real story of Gatsby, proving he was previously aware of the

  • Capitalism In The Great Gatsby

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    In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby we see this theme played out through the character of Daisy. During the writing of Gatsby Fitzgerald weaves in aspects of his own life where he was on the receiving end of this characteristic of human nature. “With Gatsby, [F. Scott Fitzgerald] creates a character with a similar situation to his own; he is motivated to become wealthy after his love interest, Daisy, marries a very wealthy man rather than waiting for Gatsby to earn his income” (Wood, 2007

  • Response To The Great Gatsby

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    How does F.’s confidence in Max challenge/reinforce what we think of the author? Based on the letters I think that Fitzgerald and Maxwell had a close relationship, Fitzgerald relied on Maxwell many times throughout his journey of writing The Great Gatsby for guidance and direction of how to write his chapters. He also asked for opinions on the naming of his novels. Fitzgerald also named his wife by name instead of referring to her by title of “ my wife”, he also told Maxwell about their living

  • Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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    The American Dream has been a part of our history since the beginning of time. In the Declaration of Independence, all men are equal and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the Great Gatsby, the American dream has been highly misleading, as one can see from reading both the book and watching the movie. The idea of the American dream had been altered for people in the 1920’s manipulated the idea. The way that the novel differs from the movie is in the movie you’re able

  • Illusion In The Great Gatsby

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    Oftentimes, people would mask their true identities and put up a facade to ensure they were not alienated by the elite. Within the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the theme of illusion being mistaken for reality to portray the constant need to conform to the societal norms of the elite in order to fit in. Coming from humble origins in North Dakota, Gatsby dreams of becoming a member of the upper class upon seeing how its members, like Dan Cody,

  • Bootleggers In The Great Gatsby

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    The 1920’s were a wonderful and beautiful era that had occurred in America, probably one of the most significant eras that had once been. The Great Gatsby has a great impact on showing us how the 1920’s were, in a more settle way and luxurious way as well. Most of the themes in the Great Gatsby have lots to do with the 1920’s such as, bootleggers, the involvement The 1920’s had many illegal issues that occurred and one of those issues were Bootleggers, Bootleggers were individuals who would

  • Symbols In The Great Gatsby

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    The symbol I have chosen from the the Great Gatsby is the eye of doctor TJ Eckleburg. The main reason I picked this symbol is because these eyes represents the eyes of god. I picked this because I do believe that god is real and I think he does watch out for everything we do. When I was little my mom and me always used to go to church and when our pastor started preaching he would make you believe that god is there and that he is watching over at that very moment that is why I chose the eyes of

  • Addiction In The Great Gatsby

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    Many authors who struggle with addiction use their writing as a way to express themselves through various characters. One prime example is F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, who reportedly “began drinking at a young age and it became such a common force in his life that alcoholics appear as central characters throughout his writing”. This connections with alcohol in Fitzgerald’s writing reflect the traits of an alcoholic author. Fitzgerald wrote a lot about alcohol and he may have

  • The Great Gatsby Report

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    american writer, who is famously known for his novel “The Great Gatsby”. Fitzgerald was enrolled at Princeton University in 1913, but because of ill health and low grades he left the university in 1915. His life was crestfallen until 1920 when he married his love Zelda Sayre. Soon after his marriage, they had their only child Frances Scott Fitzgerald. In 1922, Fitzgerald started writing his most well known novel “The Great Gatsby”. "The Great Gatsby" was first, and foremost, a reflection of Fitzgerald's

  • Women In The Great Gatsby

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    Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan is married to Tom Buchanan. Tom as well as Daisy are from old money, making them extremely rich and sophisticated while Jay Gatsby comes from new money. Jay Gatsby created himself to be exactly the person is today. From a young age, he set goals to further improve his life. Gatsby started his life in a small farm town in North Dakota, and ended it an a gigantic mansion only a short train ride from New York

  • Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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    Francis Scott Fitzgerald was an amazing writer who lived during the Roaring 20’s and the Great Depression. Though he mostly wrote lone-standing books, he was an incredible and moving author. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels were inspired by his wife and muse, Zelda Fitzgerald, and his books carried a lot of symbolism. Fitzgerald’s life was one of excess and luxury. The son of Mary McQuillan and Edward Fitzgerald (and a distant relative of Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner), Edward

  • Hyperboles In The Great Gatsby

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    The passage from The Great Gatsby,which begins on page 179,conveys a depressed attitude that Nick has towards Gatsby. His depressed tone is created by the usage of concrete details , which works together with the flashbacks of previous memories that Nick had with Gatsby. Fitzgerald also uses hyperboles which over-exaggerate the feelings that Nick has towards Gatsby. The usage of these rhetorical devices help nick better develop the depressed attitude. The usage of the concrete details helps better

  • Homes In The Great Gatsby

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    In literature and in real life, a person’s home can reveal fundamental truths about them. In The Great Gatsby however, the homes of the characters go far beyond that. They are not only the main settings of the novel but reflect the characters’ status in society as well as their desires, goals, and personalities. Through descriptions of the houses in the novel, the author can reveal things about the characters without needing to over describe the characters themselves, as well as foreshadow events

  • Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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    impossible concept. As residents of the United States know all too well, bills aren’t paid with the amount of ambition you have. No work of literature has ever scrutinized the American Dream as much as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. By using a great deal of symbols such as the Valley of Ashes, the eyes of T.J. Eckleburg, the books within Gatsby’s library and the green light, Fitzgerald is able to communicate the fictitious nature of the American Dream. One of the earliest symbols

  • Wealth In The Great Gatsby

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    The characteristics between the wealthy is a theme that is exhibited multiple times through the main characters in The Great Gatsby. The first major distinction in class within the wealthy is the description of the West Egg , people who have recently become rich, and East Egg, people who have inherited money from past generations. The distinction is made at the start of the novel to show how social status affect Gatsby’s reputation and relationship with Daisy. Although both are places resided by