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Jay Gatsby is an updated version of the American frontiersman of earlier times. With reference to appropriately selected parts of the novel, and relevant external contextual information, give your response to the above view.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Jay Gatsby is an updated version of the American frontiersman of earlier times. reference to appropriately selected parts of the novel, and relevant external contextual information on the nature the American frontiersman, give your response to the above view. This statement suggests that Jay Gatsby is a modern version of the original frontiersman. The American frontiersman of earlier times can be defined as a settler who came from another land (usually Europe) to find work and conquer new lands. Frontiersmen tended to be self-reliant and determined to take on the wilderness. It is possible to draw a comparison between this and the story of how Gatsby reinvented himself. In examining this view, a good place to start is how Gatsby exhibits the trait of self-determination. Early settlers from Europe spoke of the New World in opposition to the Old World they had left behind. The history of settlement is broadly the history of westward movement, as new arrivals and restless pioneers sought to begin America again with their own exploration of the untamed continent. The Frontier has this physical reality, but it also has a psychological reality which has persisted long after the exhaustion of physical space to explore. ...read more.


knew what he was saying, for when I asked him what business he was in he answered, "That's my affair," before he realized that it wasn't the appropriate reply.” The American frontiersman of earlier times also engaged in criminal activities, which was referred to as banditry. This was conducted by the infamous outlaws of the West, including Jesse James and Billy the Kid, who preyed on banks, trains, stagecoaches, and in some cases even armed government transports such as the Wham Paymaster Robbery. Although popular media has glamorised these figures, in reality they are little more than lawless criminals. The same can be said of Gatsby; his lifestyle appears to be glamourous on the outside but is simply a façade for a life of crime. The type of crime that Gatsby is engaged in is an updated version of what the original frontiersman would have carried out. Whereas they robbed people at gunpoint, Gatsby’s criminality is subtler and is based on the illegal business of bootlegging. In light of this, it perplexes me that anyone could claim that Jay Gatsby is not an updated version of the American frontiersman of earlier times. ...read more.


We are told that he was, ?a product of the Nevada silver fields, of the Yukon, of every rush for metal since seventy-five.? This is a reference to the Gold Rush. In these metal rushes, workers would migrate quickly to an area rich in a certain metal seeking a profit. The particular Yukon gold rush in question was the Klondike Gold Rush. These exploits, ?made him many times a millionaire.? Dan Cody is the quintessential frontiersman who uses the natural resources that can be found in new lands to build up a fortune. Furthermore, it is likely that his character is based off a real frontiersman called William Cody, or Buffalo Bill. Even from the young age of 14, in 1860 Cody decided to search for gold, with news of gold at Fort Collins, Colorado and the Holcomb Valley Gold Rush in California. It is obvious to the reader that the true updated version of the frontiersman of earlier times is Cody, not Gatsby. To conclude, after careful consideration we determine that Jay Gatsby is an updated version of the American frontiersman of earlier times, although this comparison could also be drawn to several characters in the novel. The opposing arguments have some merit but ultimately they fail to realise the true implications and context of The Great Gatsby. ...read more.

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