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    Daisy has been described as selfish and shallow. How far would you agree that this is how Fitzgerald portrays her?

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    White has connotations of purity and innocence, showing that Daisy appears to be on the surface, an incorruptible and perfect person. Her innocence is further emphasised with her simple, naïve questions, like “What do people plan?” and “Who is ‘Tom’?” She is also shown to be of high status when Nick describes her as “the king’s daughter, the golden girl”, displaying how she is a divine figure who needs to be chased after, as gold has connotations of richness and extreme wealth.

    • Word count: 851
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    Beneath the Surface Glitter, The Great Gatsby is a Profoundly Pessimistic Novel. Do You Agree?

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    Harlequin designs.....bewitched to a dark gold." "floating rounds of cocktails" Another element of the novel's glitter is Gatsby's idealism. He holds on to one dream for so long, he never loses that element of hope or determination. This gives us all a sense of optimism, and indeed Nick, who sees Gatsby's platonic search for the American Dream as an element of positiviity and hope. If the novel is taken at just a front then it certainly will be read as optimistic. Nick is given hope for the future and gains a friend and Gatsby gains his dream. However if one looks deeper into the novel a different opinion can be formulated.

    • Word count: 1974
  3. Marked by a teacher

    Comparison between Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Jack Clayton's cinematographic adaptation.

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    He is a tragic heroe, someone whose romantic blindness finds no place in society. Yet, the movie does not blame society for Gatsby's destruction; no- he is a dreamer, he is deaf to a reality that speaks loud enough. Fitzgerald, through Nick's voice, condemns society very clearly since the beginning and with the most cruel words. "Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and shortwide elations of men."(p8).

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  4. Peer reviewed

    Examine the ways in which The Great Gatsby explores the corruptive effects of wealth.

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    This is no more evident than in F. Scott Fitzgerald's character Jay Gatsby. However, such wealth often attracted jealousy, and in turn, corruptive behaviour. In the 1920s, America was a financial goldmine with many individuals making huge sums of money. Post-World War One, many women entered the workforce, and factory production methods improved, creating a significant boost to America's economy. More often than not, however, some of the money that people made was earned through corruptive methods. Two characters, Gatsby and Myer Wolfshiem, both acquired their money through illegal means, with Gatsby illicitly selling alcohol through pharmacies, which was banned during America's unsuccessful prohibition between 1919-1929.

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    Fitzgerald uses Chapter 6 to show how the love story of Gatsby and Daisy begins to crumble.

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    Gatsby's history is placed in Chapter 6 to allow the reader to piece together Gatsby's past, giving insight to why he feels it necessary to 'fix everything just the way it was'. By Fitzgerald revealing more details of Gatsby's history the reader can realise how shallow he is, heightening the genre of the novel as an American Tragedy as it begins to become clear that Gatsby's facade is due to the American Dream.

    • Word count: 621
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    Write about some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 7

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    Fitzgerald uses this technique to make it clear to the reader that the chapter is significant in creating Gatsby's tragedy, with the day being 'too hot' causing 'trembling' between the characters. Fitzgerald also chooses not to place any of Gatsby's history in the chapter, unlike previous chapters before it, to show the significance of the current events in shaping Gatsby's future due to the murder of Myrtle. Fitzgerald uses the voice of Michaelis to describe Myrtle's death, allowing a blunt description without emotion.

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    Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby,

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    It would seem obvious from the title that Gatsby is one beheld with admiration and respect by the narrator. The relationship between Kerouac's Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty is often viewed in much the same light. The importance of Dean to Sal is visible from his very first paragraph, where he states that, "the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the road". Within a short time period, Sal allows his life to be turned in a completely different direction by someone who is basically a stranger. This willingness to uproot and follow somebody else's lifestyle pays a great compliment to Dean.

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  8. Peer reviewed

    The Great Gatsby

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    the various eras and architectural designs, "Marie Antoinette music-rooms and Restoration Salons" (88) and lastly the different themes captured by these rooms, "through period bedrooms swathed in rose and lavender" (88). The point it seems Nick tries to convey is the ridiculousness found within the very structure of Gatsby's house. Gatsby's 'limited' upbringing clearly represents his inability to string things together, which would make his house classy and reserved. Instead Gatsby combines things of different eras, expressing not his incapability of decorating but rather an attempt in reflecting his wealth through a brash and gaudy structure.

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  9. Peer reviewed

    The Great Gatsby

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    At the conclusion of Fitzgerald's book, The Great Gatsby, the main character Gatsby has recently died and Nick stands facing the front door of Gatsby's mansion. From this moment, Nick looks at Gatsby's house for a last time. He sees a swear word on the wall, and like Holden in the book, The Catcher in the Rye, he too crosses the word out; trying to preserve the innocence. Nick wants to keep Gatsby's dream pure even though it is already lost.

    • Word count: 1054
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    The Great Gatsby - In your opinion how effective is Fitzgerald in evoking the 'ironies and disorders' and the 'wonderful glow' of the Twenties?

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    This glow is for instance provided to him through superficial means; through the numerous yet unfulfilling material riches, the artificial fun (of his parties for instance), the 'Platonic conception' (pg 95) he has of himself, and of course through the disillusions of a glowing dream, which Daisy embodies. This dream serves a parallel to the American Dream where the realities behind it are shown through Fitzgerald's novel to be in fact disappointing. Ironies are shown not only to lie behind this dream however, but behind the confident 'Platonic conception' which America also has of itself.

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    Discuss theme of the novel: The Great Gatsby.

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    The idealism has degenerated into materialism, which the new generation considers to be their passport to happiness. The great historical promise has been tragically replaces by attractive but worthless and cheap goals, in the ash heaps where the modern man is wandering like Cain, with no spiritual light to guide him. Fitzgerald had probably read T.S Elliot's wasteland and seems to have been considerably influenced by the poem. The desolate valley of ashes is the modern wasteland. It is a place for the waste Landers and spiritually hollow men, such as those who have no sense of moral responsibility and no ideas or aspirations.

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    Symbolism in The Great Gatsby.

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    From his own house Nick believes that he can see Gatsby trembling. As Nick looks out at the water, he can see "...nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock" (Fitzgerald 26; ch. 1). The color green traditionally symbolizes hope in this case, Gatsby's hope to win back his past love, Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby, lured on by Daisy, who is no more than a symbol for him, pursues the green light and the dream of progress and material possessions.

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    Discuss the effectiveness of the opening chapter of Fitzgerald’s ‘the Great Gatsby’.

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    Other disclosures expose more of the characters. This is evident when Miss Baker "hesitantly" tells Carraway of Tom's affair. However some may argue Carraway occasionally contradicts his claims of "fundamental decencies". This is possibly suggested when he opinionates himself on the topic of Tom's "acute limited excellence": "I felt Tom would drift on forever seeking...for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game". Furthermore it could be said he passes judgment on Tom's racism. Carraway responds to Tom's "pathetic" attempt at escaping "complacency" with criticism.

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    What is so Great about Gatsby? The word great in the title gives the expectation to the reader that Gatsby is going to be a marvellous character with strong morals, great achievements and a desire to change and improve things.

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    When Nick first recalls Gatsby it is with fondness, he describes Gatsby as having 'something gorgeous about him... (a) gift of hope and romantic readiness'. This tells the reader that Gatsby is going to posses these qualities and we expect that they will be displayed to us. But shortly after Nick goes on to describe a 'foul dust... prey(ing)' on Gatsby. We are then made aware the story is tragic and know that the hero of the book, Gatsby, is going to meet a sad end before we even meet his character.

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    Jay Gatsby's character encompasses a lot of characteristics at once

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    We can say to a very large extent that Gatsby's character is very ambitious. There are several different occasions that can support things argument. For instance, why does Gatsby throw all his lavish parties? He throws them in order to seduce and get Daisy's attention. This is directly related to his ambition for getting Daisy, since he never gives up his na�ve view on his love for Daisy. He has thrown so many parties that it is now a custom for everyone to book "Gatsby's mansion" on their Saturday's in their calendars.

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    Although the authors us fictitious characters and events, novels are often surprisingly accurate portraits of their time

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    In 1917 he was drafted into the army, but he never saw active service abroad. He married the beautiful Zelda Sayre and together they embarked on a rich life of endless parties. Dividing their time between America and fashionable resorts in Europe, the Fitzgerald's' became as famous for their lifestyle as for the novels he wrote. "Sometimes I don't know whether Zelda and I are real or whether we are characters in one of my novels", which he wrote to pay for his extravagant lifestyle. We can see just how similar Gatsby and Fitzgerald are.

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    The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

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    We are presented with two characters who seemingly represent the dichotomy Fitzgerald sees in himself - Nick Carraway, the boy from the mid-West who is wide-eyed at the showiness of the materialism he sees around him; and Jay Gatsby, who represents and fully subscribes to this material world. However, as Fitzgerald states in his biographical work The Crack Up, 'the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.'

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    The 'Great Gatsby' can be regarded as a social satire and an observation of The American Dream - Discuss

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    When different characters in the novel are viewed, it is obvious that not all have the same social standings in society. Nick's father comments on this when he says " whenever you feel like criticizing someone, just remember that all the people in this world have not had the advantaged that you've had (pg.1)". The Buchanans were, actually, born into a typically wealthy environment, which is symbolized by the sanctioned affluence of East Egg. Gatsby and the Wilsons do not belong in the distinguished society; and when Gatsby shows off his affluence and extravagant parties, he is attempting to enter

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    "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back, ceaselessly into the past". What significance do these closing lines have for our understanding of the novel as a whole?

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    Tom and Daisy are linked with broken things and phrases such as "broken fragments" often appear about situations Daisy and Tom find themselves in. Speech from Tom and Daisy often breaks out from them; "civilisation is going to pieces" broke out Tom violently", and Tom's affair with Myrtle is breaking Tom and Daisy's marriage. This violent, broken, careless imagery coupled with movement imagery surrounding Tom and Daisy gives us the effect that 'lost dreams' have on characters. Tom and Daisy seem to "drift on" breaking things in their wake. There is a clear contrast with other characters such as Gatsby.

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    Every person can have their own conceptions of what the American Dream is but they can get caught up in the wrong values and go down the wrong road. American Society was based on growth, success, and money. The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald focuses on

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    Daisy was a rich, charming, and beautiful woman. In Gatsby's' eye the perfect woman. This idea of the American Dream inspires his love for Daisy. Gatsby is an uneducated and poor young man. He is impressed by the glamour that surrounds daisy. Gatsby adores daisy as he express here "I was flattered that she wanted to speak to me, because of all the other I admired her most." He is thrilled that Daisy is a desirable woman. He questions his future because he feels that she is difficult to get. He keeps his head up high and fights for her.

    • Word count: 536
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    Analyse the symbolism of colour in "The Great Gatsby

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    Daisy's name is also that of a flower with white petals, but a yellow centre. This yellow is not as pure as the clean white petals and this shows her true colour, and that of the upper class. Like a fragile, she is very fragile, but inside she is slightly evil, particularly when she kills her husband Toms lover Myrtle.

    • Word count: 517
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    The main techniques Fitzgerald used to introduce our main character Gatsby

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    The main techniques Fitzgerald used to introduce our main character Gatsby was reputations and postponed introduction thus creating a lot of mystery around this man. At first when Nick enters one of Gatsby's parties he doesn't see the host indulging himself in the luxuries of the crowd, food and music though instead he is nowhere to be seen. This is a very surprising enigma for Nick since generally you would presume that whoever has this much wealth would thrive in showing it off to his guests.

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    First impressions of Tom Buchanan from the great Gatsby

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    Tom and Daisy had moved around the world quite a lot and had lived in Chicago and France. "They drifted here and there un-restfully where-ever people were rich and played polo together. Tom is obviously very into his polo. Daisy has however told Nick that this move will be a permanent one. These are what the author knows or remembers of Tom and this is without even the readers meeting him yet so we can tell that Tom will be one of the main characters in this book. When the reader is first introduced to Tom Nick goes to his house for supper.

    • Word count: 875
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    To understand Gatsby one has to look at not only his true life, but the life that he tried to create

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    She was part of his image for the future and he had to have her. And although Gatsby seems very kind, he is not afraid to be unscrupulous to get what he wants. When he wanted money, he was more than willing to become a bootlegger. His drive is what makes him who he is, good and bad. And it is this drive that ends up ruining his life.

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    The Great

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    Gatsby appears to be popular, wealthy, and happy. However, one would be oafish to believe his false appearance. People who knew who Gatsby was were flabbergasted when they had the opportunity to see him. Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby notes, "In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars" (Fitzgerald 43). Everyone wanted to talk to Gatsby- who would not want to talk to a man who typifies the American Dream spirit? Gatsby had every materialistic thing one could want, having a beautiful car, nice clothes and even a nice house.

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