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GCSE: F. Scott Fitzgerald
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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?5 star(s)
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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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.4 star(s)
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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