University Degree: F. Scott Fitzgerald essays
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13 University Degree F. Scott Fitzgerald essays
We find out in the end that Gatsby's money and amazing parties do little to acquire him real friends that care about him as a person. The main character in the story, Nick Carraway, lives on Long Island in New York in the area known as West Egg. West Egg is a place where "newly" wealthy people live, such as the bootleggers, mobsters, and others that have not inherited or achieved traditional wealth through the usual means. Gatsby also lives on West Egg and wants to eventually move to East Egg with all the traditionally wealthy people.
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The truth behind his real identity was trapped behind a web of lies that he used to protect himself from the people to whom he was the most vulnerable-his "friends". In order to obtain his wealth, Jay Gatsby was a bootlegger and a gambler. He contrasts with another character in the book by the name of Tom Buchanan. Tom Buchanan was born into money and controls his life through his wealth. In particular, Tom uses his money and power to seize what he thinks he deserves.
- Length: 1963 words
Gatsby associates it with Daisy, and in the darkness he even reaches towards it with hope and yet despair. Though in addition Gatsby's search for Daisy is generally related to his search for the American dream. So the color of green is also a representation for more than just the green light. More specifically it is also the color of envy and money. These are two very prominent themes in the book. In relation to Gatsby, he is envious of Tom since he has something which he can never buy, Daisy. She has a lot of personal significance to Jay and for him to know that she sleeps beside a "no good man" each night infuriates him with envy and motivates him to strive even harder for his goal.
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Is the Twentieth century American novel a medium for social criticism? (discuss at least two writers). Both F.Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby and John Dos Passos's Manhattan Transfer
Fitzgerald explores this theme through the unfolding of the lives of his characters and their attitudes towards each other. We are told that Daisy refuses to marry J. Gatsby despite being in love with him, "[He] was poor and she was tired of waiting". Instead she marries Tom Buchanan, "A man full of pomp and circumstance" who could afford to give her "a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars" the day before her wedding. Through getting to know Daisy we discover that this choice has led her to having "a very bad time" and being trapped in an unhappy marriage with an unfaithful husband.
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How far do you agree that The Great Gatsby is a moral work? What do you think Fitzgerald is saying about American society in the period through the characters in the novel?
It is my belief that the novel is a satirical view of American society in the 1920's. One of the main themes within The Great Gatsby is the portrayal of the carelessness of the main characters towards their morals. The work contains innumerous references to the fast-paced immoral lifestyles that the population were leading during the period the novel was set, the roaring 20's. The book also shows us a view on the American Society of the time. It shows us the failure of the American dream. The idea that American political idealisms strove to allow equality between everyone is crushed, the truth was actually a lot different.
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This is how Tom's character is depicted. He is hardly ever at home, he is almost always in the city of New York either with his mistress or getting drunk. He has a daughter whom is rarely ever around him. She spends her time with her nanny. He has absolutely no respect for his family. He cheats on his wife with a woman from New York, which no secret to anyone. She often telephones him at home and his wife catches on to the situation, but does very little to stop the affair or repair their marriage.
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An example is where Nelly asks Catherine 'Why do you love him?' (referring to Edgar Linton) and then proceeding to say 'Bad!' to her replies. This could be construed as a breach of etiquette in the nineteen hundreds for a servant to speak so to a lady of higher station and demonstrates Nelly's ability to speak her mind which endears her to the reader. As a result of this fact it is Nelly who undertakes the conveying of the tale of 'Wuthering Heights' and to whom we look for our opinions in other characters.
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The path to damnation, though, is easy to find being very wide and beaten flat by all the travelers. The House of Holiness was built on rock foundations, in logical opposition with the House of Pride. This symbolizes that the holiness and righteousness are strong, everlasting and constant as the rock itself. It is also an allusion to St. Peter whose name means 'rock' and who is in the New Testament regarded as the guide to the people of God. The House of Pride, on the other hand, was built only on sand without any mortar and as such is only superficial, temporary, only an illusion.
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Witnesses do not see the driver and Gatsby is soon telling Nick that Daisy had been driving the car on that fateful night. A mournful George out for vengeance eventually finds his way to Tom. Tom has no intentions of admitting adultery with Myrtle, so he instead turns George's attention to Gatsby as the culprit. Filled with rage, George shoots Gatsby then turns the gun on himself. Nick dutifully attempts to find mourners for Gatsby's funeral but it would soon be proven that no one was interested in Gatsby himself, only with the good times he could provide them with.
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Write a critical appreciation of this extract, paying particular attention to its significant at this point in the novel and the ways in which it is written."There was…"(Page 41) to "…constantly changing light." (Page 42)
Gatsby owned a number of motor vehicles, including a Rolls Royce. These vehicles took the guests to and from the parties. This gives a clear image to the reader that Gatsby was a very wealthy man. The mention of his motor vehicles implies impatience and a constant need for change. Gatsby employs eight servants including an extra gardener to keep his dream parties alive. "Every Friday five crates of oranges and lemons arrived from a fruiterer in New York..." Everything at Gatsby's parties is in immoderation. The military precision is reinforced by the "Corps of caterers" and the freshly machine squeezed juice.
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However years later Gerald re-read the book and realizes that much of the book events were taken right from their lives back then. Much of Living Well is the Best Revenge is dedicated to disproving Tender is the Night. The characters Nicole and Dick Driver do however bear a strong resemblance to the Murphys although there is some exaggeration and poetic license taken with the characters. Sara, in Living Well is the Best Revenge, is described as a delicate beauty with golden hair.
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"Hills Like White Elephants" By Ernest Hemingway: speculation based on details, of the couples negotiation subjects. Basic characterization of the couple included.
The soundest theory of the subject of negotiation is that it is about abortion. We are only given the girl's name in the story, her name is Jig. The "American" wants Jig to have an abortion as throughout the dialogue is attempts to convince Jig to go through with the operation, "It's really an awfully simple operation, Jig". The assumption that must be made is that the American wants the operation as he is afraid of responsibility that will come with the child.
- Length: 650 words
Less retrospective and melancholy was the sonorous motif pregnant within 2008âs American presidential election, in that it emphasized optimistically framed abstractions such as hope, renewal, and change. Nick feels this when encountering Gatsbyâs smile in chapter three, âIt understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to conveyâ much like many Americans may have felt during that summer and fall of 2008 (Fitzgerald 48).
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