• 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 GASTBY The book which will be studied within this essay is 'the Great Gatsby' by F.Scott Fitzgerald. The method of narration within 'the Great Gatsby' helped me to appreciate two important aspects of the text - theme and symbolism. The author successfully used the development of narration throughout the book in the form of the first person. I found this to be effective because of the narrator's (Nick) unbiased stance towards every situation in the book, as he says: "I am one of the few honest people I have ever known." (PAGE 66) There is also a second method of narration used within the book; this is in the form of breaks in narrating. During flashbacks, other voices chare the job of narrating - for example; Jordan Baker tells us about the time when Gatsby asked her to help him in his quest to win back Daisy. The plot within 'the Great Gatsby' is quite complex with many intertwining relationships causing the plot to come to an abrupt end. The story is focused around people striving to achieve the American Dream for different reasons which are not always kosher. ...read more.

Middle

He truly did come from nothing to being classed as one of the highest members of society. Also, America in the 1920s was shown as being the land of freedom and opportunities which, Gatsby proves can be true if you're prepared to do anything - even if it is illegal. However, Gatsby's case of achieving the American Dream was not entirely satisfying because he did not achieve it for the right reasons - he did it to get Daisy. Gatsby's life also highlighted the negative sides of the American Dream; one of these is the idea of being alone because of riches making you feel different. This is proved several times for Gatsby within the book. One example is the fact that at his luxurious parties, hundreds of people came - whether they had been invited or not. However, at Gatsby's funeral not one came accept his father, who Gatsby had not talked to for years; in fact, Gatsby said all his family were dead so the American Dream made Gatsby want to be alone. Another example of Gatsby's solidarity is when Nick sees Gatsby standing alone on his beach and says: "he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone." ...read more.

Conclusion

I think Gatsby did this to show Tom he could compete with him to take Daisy and to show Daisy his lifestyle could please her - he was good enough for her now. A second example is when Nick - the Narrator, is describing the guests at one of Gatsby's extravagant parties: "Women who never know each other's names" this quotation shows that within this higher-class society everyone is strangers 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 shown through the development of narrative skills in the areas of theme and symbolism. I found the narration within the book effected my enjoyment of it because as it was in the first person I felt the story seemed more personal and realistic; bringing the 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. Corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby.

    Gatsby is the living embodiment of the American Dream in many respects because of his extraordinary gift for hope, his Platonic conception of himself, his faith in life's possibility and his commitment to his aspirations. He represents the general public who is poor but has hopes and dreams for which

  1. Effectiveness of Narration in The Great Gatsby

    His profound imagination of Daisy's voice attracts readers' attention to its pulchritude features, which is just the opposite of the repugnant reality. This obvious contradiction influences the reader to compare the differences between dream and reality. Through these contradictions presented by Nick, exploitations of people are also exposed.

  2. Explain the importance of Nick Carraway as a narrator in, "The Great Gatsby" by ...

    Their emotional void is echoed when Nick says, "they [Daisy and Tom] drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together." Nick uses humour to convey a profound point and convey an underlying resentment towards those who treated Gatsby with such disrespect.

  1. "Gatsby is a Victim of the American Dream." Discuss Scott Fitzgerald's Portrayal of Gatsby ...

    But at this stage we realise there is a truly tender reason behind his seeming need for wealth. "She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me." We see a constant battle between Tom Buchanan and Gatsby.

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

    Fitzgerald wrote 'The Great Gatsby' before the Wall Street crash but prophetic suggestion of impending disaster in American society. Fitzgerald is depicting the weak foundations and moral grounds on which the world would fall, shown by Daisy and Tom's disregard for everyone else and their ignorance of the world around them.

  1. How Has Fitzgerald Presented The Character Of Daisy In 'The Great Gatsby'?

    This shows to the reader how she can easily charm people and cast a spell over them. It also partly explains why later on Gatsby is so in love with her, as he too has been made to believe that in Daisy's eyes there is no one in the world that she would rather be with than him.

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

    They all go to Gatsby's place and although rich herself, Daisy is tremendously impressed by Gatsby's splendid mention and its possessions. Finally Nick leaves them alone together and it's clear that they love each other still. At the start of chapter 6 Nick reveals some more about Gatsby's background and

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