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The Great Gatsby - With close referral to the text, explore in depth, the themes of corruption and disillusionment, and how the book has enhanced my understanding of them.

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Introduction

The Great Gatsby Amy Coull Title - Q19 "The Great Gatsby" is evident in its exploration of corruption and disillusionment. This theme is intertwined in most aspects of the book, but mainly within character, setting and symbolism. With close referral to the text, I intend to explore in depth, the themes suggested, and how the book has enhanced my understanding of them. F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic "The Great Gatsby", wholly embodies the themes of the American Dream and the corruption of 1920s America, in its exploration of Gatsby's struggle to grasp his own unachievable dream. With its array of settings, vast symbolism and perfectly portrayed characters, such as Tom and Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby fully explores how money is a source of power and corruption. "Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made..." ...read more.

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In his attempt to win back Daisy, Gatsby has spent his life aspiring to "the consoling proximity of millionaires". His path to his fortune is hinted to be connected with bootlegging and crime. This is proposed with the introduction of Wolfshiem, who, " fixed the World Series back in 1919." Gatsby's connection with such people I think optimises the corruption of the Jazz Age of 1920s America. During this era, alcohol was banned, yet Gatsby threw vast parties with flowing alcohol. Gatsby's fortune has risen from corruption, and taints his dream - a life with Daisy - with corruption. However, this dream may already be considered corrupted, I consider this very much the case as Daisy is very corrupted and ruined by money. Described as possessing "a voice full of money" Daisy is at first conceived as innocent and "flower-like" clothed in "white". As the novel progresses she is revealed as selfish and destructive, also irresponsible, "...as though she realised at last what she was doing - and as though she had never, all along, intended doing anything at all." ...read more.

Conclusion

Gatsby's quest for Daisy is represented by a green light, I think this also reflects the fact that the dream is unreachable, and it is a mistake to chase these dreams - "Lurking here in the shadows of his house, just out of reach of his hand." The significance of colour is highlighted throughout the novel; the fact that the light, which represents Daisy, is green also depicts that the dream (Daisy) is inexperienced and likely to make mistakes. I believe this is essential in revealing that the whole American Dream is transient and often unobtainable. In my opinion, this novel carries a timeless theme, that money leads to corruption and disillusionment. The death of Gatsby represents the futility of the American Dream. " The orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... And one fine morning - So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." Amy ...read more.

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