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

'The Great Gatsby' by F.Scott Fitzgerald.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'The Great Gatsby' by F.Scott Fitzgerald, is about the lives of a high-class society during the 1920's Jazz Age. The story is focused around people striving to achieve their American Dream, whether through; love, materialism, wealth or power, to try and make their lives complete. (QUESTION) helped me to appreciate two important aspects of the text - theme and symbolism. The main theme in the book was the sought after American Dream. This was particularly true of the main character Gatsby. He returned from war to find his first love - Daisy - had married Tom Buchanan who was in a higher-class of society compared to Gatsby. For Gatsby, the dream was that through gaining wealth and power, one can acquire happiness. To get this happiness, Gatsby had to reach into the past and relive his old dream - Daisy, and to do this he had to have wealth and power. ...read more.

Middle

Symbolism plays an important part in 'The Great Gatsby.' One main symbol within the book is the green light at the end of the Buchanan's dock. To Gatsby, the light stood for Daisy and his goal to win her back and gain her love once again - it was a symbol of hope. After Gatsby and Daisy are reunited, a mist guards the green light at the end of the dock and Nick interprets Gatsby's thoughts: "Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever...Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one." (PAGE100) This quotation shows that now Gatsby has Daisy, she is not as ideal as he had made her seem. ...read more.

Conclusion

shows that within this higher-class society everyone is a stranger to one another; however, due to reputation and popularity, they are all associated together as one group of 'friends.' Lastly, again Nick is narrating the important people at Gatsby's party; "Civet, Blackbuck, Beaver" this quotation confirms that only people who Gatsby sees as important and status building people are invited to his parties - he only wants to be associated with appropriate people for a man of his stature, which I think shows how alone he was in his bid to get Daisy and how much he was willing to sacrifice to get her. Overall, 'The Great Gatsby,' was an intriguing compilation of deceit, lust and love through the development of (QUESTION) in the areas of theme and symbolism. I found (QUESTION) affected my enjoyment of the book (QUESTION) and brought book to an interesting climax. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE 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 GCSE F. Scott Fitzgerald essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

    4 star(s)

    The Great Gatsby epitomizes Fitzgerald's skill in understanding the romantic. The most enduring symbol of the novel is Gatsby gazing out at the light at the end of Daisy's pier. This symbol could stand for the whole of Fitzgerald's life.

  2. 'Gatsby turned out all right at the end' Pg 8. How does F.Scott Fitzgerald ...

    If Nick does have these views he keeps them to himself. Nick also does not prejudge people no matter what they have done. Nick appears to be to perfect. Nick though does show his disgust for people as he does not like Gatsby but admires what he is doing for love.

  1. What is the Significance of Cars in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'?

    of his nation for Gatsby is to stand out and be recognised as the "epitome of wealth", as his car is described. His reason for buying the car is rather obviously to convey his material success and prosperity, which he finds only natural.

  2. 'The Great Gatsby' by F.Scott Fitzgerald.

    when he 'employs' Nick and Jordan to help him win her back. This is also when Daisy's husband Tom's affairs become apparent to the readers. Tom's current affair is with a woman called Myrtle Wilson - she has a very unhappy marriage.

  1. "The Great Gatsby" by F.Scott Fitzgerald

    It controlled where the family would live, who Hilda's friends were, and it controlled all of their finances. Because the Swamp Angel controlled so many aspects of the family's life, it held Giles 2 great importance. But as time passed the Swamp Angel had to be kept as a secret

  2. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald's use of language and symbolism.

    This description is making a statement about the religion of the twenties. Before the time in which The Great Gatsby is set, religion had always been a very important and impacting part of people's lives.

  1. Discuss the significance of the Jazz Age in the Great Gatsby with reference to ...

    This shows therefore that the Jazz age had an affect on the words used because it was a time of change and non-conformity and with the use of this colloquial more Anglo-Saxon writing style Fitzgerald is showing his own personal rebellion against conformity.

  2. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on 24 September 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota ...

    Gatsby also meets Daisy's daughter for the first time. When they are all together in the garden Tom finally becomes aware that there is a romantic relationship between Gatsby, who he dislikes, and his wife. The tension is rising and they agree to go into New York.

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