5 Page Essay On The Great Gatsby

Essay on The Great Gatsby

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Texts can be valued and appreciated for numerous reasons, and this is particularly apparent in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The novel is a great part of 20th century literature and is valued for the themes and ideas which Fitzgerald presents, such as the importance of dreams in peoples’ lives, the myth that is the ‘American Dream’, Fitzgerald’s perspective of 1920’s life, and the style in which he portrays his ideas. It is also valued simply as a love story – as an entertaining narrative.

In The Great Gatsby, dreams and their importance play a major part in the plot and underlying themes. It is seen that Gatsby himself presents this idea the most; this is because Gatsby is different to all the other characters in the…show more content…

The parties continue this theme as they take on dream-like qualities. This is seen in Nick’s descriptions, which are very colourful, “blue gardens” and “yellow cocktail music” which helps them resemble dreams. There are constant references to dreams, such as his description of the moonlight, “Whisperings and champagne and the stars” and “the Earth lurches away from the sun” as well as comparisons, which all give the impression that the parties are just a dream or an illusion and not actually reality. Nick’s descriptions also change very quickly from one idea to the next, as well as to different times, which is also similar to dreams.

The contrast to the theme of dreams is also seen in the characters of Tom, Daisy, Nick, Jordan and the people attending Gatsby’s parties, as they show that the ‘American Dream’ is a myth. This is seen through Gatsby’s attempts to repeat the past, and other evidence that proves the incapability of the American Dream such as George Wilson, the social classes of East and West Egg and Tom’s racist comments.

Throughout the whole novel, there are attempts to repeat the past, particularly in Gatsby’s case. There are repeated references to clocks, symbolising the want for repetition, such as Gatsby nearly breaking Nick’s clock, representing his want to stop time or bring back feelings from the past. Also during the meeting set up for Gatsby and Daisy, Nick says to Gatsby, “you can’t repeat the past,” and Gatsby replies

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Essay on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby
     Everyone wants to be successful in life, but most often people take the wrong ways to get there. In the1920’s the American Dream was something that everyone strived to have. Having a family, money, a big house, and a car meant that someone had succeeded in life. A very important aspect was money, and success was determined greatly by it. This was not true in all cases however. Jay Gatsby was a poor boy who turned into a very wealthy man, but did he live the American Dream? Money is actually the only thing that Gatsby had a lot of. Jay Gatsby tries to live the life of The American
Dream, but fails in his battle.
     From his early years Gatsby has his eye one Daisy…show more content…

When Cody died, he left the boy, now Jay Gatsby, a legacy of $25,000. Unfortunately
Gatsby never got the amount of money that he deserved because Cody’s wife stole most of it. On the day that he saved Dan Cody's yacht, he must have seen an embodiment of everything he wanted. In a strange sort of way Gatsby never believed that he was just
James Gatz. He had an idea of what he wanted to be. Gatsby had an image of himself, to which he gave the name Gatsby. From the day that he met Dan Cody he decided to dedicate his life to the development of the idea of himself that existed in his head.
     Although he was successful at making money in business, Jay Gatsby was never able to become a man as successful as Dan Cody who had everything he wanted in life.
The experiences with Cody however, helped Gatsby to later pursue a job in business. We are introduced to the business side of Gatsby in the person of Meyer Wolfsheim.
Wolfsheim is modeled on the real-life figure of Arnold Rothstein, the man who helped fix the 1919 World Series. Through Wolfsheim, we learn about Gatsby's connections with a shady underworld, and we begin to understand for the first time where Gatsby's money comes from. The discovery of Gatsby's shady business dealings tainted his dreams and questioned his "greatness." Gatsby’s involvement with Meyer Wolfsheim caused his whole idea of the American Dream to be shattered. With these shady business dealings Gatsby

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