• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

gatsby 2

Extracts from this document...


"The characters are irresponsible dreamers" How far and in what ways do you agree with this view of The Great Gatsby? F.Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is a well known novel, which portrays the life in 1920's America and The American Dream. At that time the economy soared. Generation that fought in World War I used this opportunity to compensate by turning to wild and profligate living. The American Dream was the belief that anything is possible as long as you try hard to succeed. People took this very seriously and everyone had a dream they wanted to fulfil. Whether it was wealth, power or love, they did everything to achieve it, even if it meant death of other people. "The Great Gatsby" is a reflection of these kind of people - reckless dreamers. ...read more.


The language used in the narration seems extremely poetic and dreamlike. In chapter 4 Nick compares Gatsby's guests to "moths", which suggests to the reader that Gatsby is a very important figure and attracts many people. In many Gatsby's descriptions Nick exaggerates, because he creates Jay Gatsby into a demigod. His image of him is very hyperbolic, especially when he talks about Gatsby's "smile". Moreover the sentences are exceptionally long. It makes the text flowing like the Jazz music at that time. Looking at the narration the reader can see that Nick is a dreamer, the description of Gatsby and events to do with him prove this. Gatsby, the central figure was also a fantasizer. After he came back from the was he wanted to relive an old dream. ...read more.


Myrtle and Gatsby came from the same status in society. Both failed to achieve their dreams. Myrtle wanted to be wealthy and lived a luxurious life through Tom, but he treated her like a "spree". She read many magazines, escaped "the valley of ashes" once in a while and her poor husband to taste the "real" life, which wasn't wonderful or luxurious as it seemed. People like Gatsby and Myrtle believed in the American Dream and ruined their lives to fulfil a dream that in the end didn't give happiness, but lead to death. In conclusion I think that the characters are irresponsible dreamers. Their belief in the American Dream ruined their lives. Fitzgerald wanted to show the hollowness of the dream through this book and through these characters. He proved that wealth and material things don't bring happiness and when fulfilling a dream people should do it through a way that doesn't hurt other people. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level F. Scott Fitzgerald section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level F. Scott Fitzgerald essays

  1. The characters are irresponsible dreamers'' - The Great Gatsby

    Gatsby's climb from humble beginnings to owning a huge mansion, a successful business and a Rolls Royce displays to readers the ideal form of the American dream. However, it is also apparent that Gatsby acts in irresponsible ways. His chief aim appeared to be to win back Daisy.

  2. Great Gatsby Chapter 9 notes

    The drifting which permeates the novel points towards the loss of moral and spiritual stability which must come from the core of the individual. Tom and Daisy can do this because they never really become attached to anything or anyone - they are indeed 'careless' and their wealth allows them a certain freedom, an escape from reality.


    Again this sounds like a cheaper version of an expensive silk and fine fabric. The word 'costume' also implies that she is dressed up as something she isn't suggesting that she lacks authenticity, yet still showing she aspires to be a higher class member.

  2. The American Dream is what drives the characters in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

    ThroughoutThe Great Gatsby it is shown how social rift came between the love of two individuals, Daisy and Gatsby. This led to the eventual corruption of Gatsby himself, the pursuit of wealth, greed, and illegal deeds. T.J Eckleburg, the greatest symbol in the novel, represents more then just an advertisement,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work