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    Beneath the Surface Glitter, The Great Gatsby is a Profoundly Pessimistic Novel. Do You Agree?

    4 star(s)

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

    4 star(s)

    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).

    • Word count: 1526
  3. Peer reviewed

    Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby,

    5 star(s)

    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.

    • Word count: 1293
  4. 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.

    • Word count: 1154
  5. 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
  6. Peer reviewed

    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.

    • Word count: 1443
  7. Peer reviewed

    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.'

    • Word count: 1043
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    The 'Great Gatsby' can be regarded as a social satire and an observation of The American Dream - Discuss

    4 star(s)

    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

    • Word count: 1292
  9. Peer reviewed

    The Great

    3 star(s)

    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.

    • Word count: 1467

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