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  1. The Great Gatsby setting anaylsis

    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.

    • Word count: 1145
  2. Tom and Gatsby: Contrasting Differences As Seen Through Nick

    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.

    • Word count: 1963
  3. 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.

    • Word count: 1148
  4. 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.

    • Word count: 1616
  5. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald exposes the American society during the 1920's.

    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.

    • Word count: 1548
  6. The analyzation of The Great Gatsby.

    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.

    • Word count: 1256
  7. 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.

    • Word count: 1105
  8. The Great Gatsby's Green Light and American Optimism

    Less retrospective and melancholy was the sonorous motif pregnant within 2008?s American presidential election, in that it emphasized optimistically framed abstractions such as hope, renewal, and change. Nick feels this when encountering Gatsby?s smile in chapter three, ?It 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 convey? much like many Americans may have felt during that summer and fall of 2008 (Fitzgerald 48).

    • Word count: 1443

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare and contrast the writers' presentation of Gatsby and Heathcliff.

    "In conclusion both Bronte and Fitzgerald use a variety of techniques in their presentations of Gatsby and Heathcliff. Despite the fact that both novels were written centuries apart there are many similarities in the author's presentation. On the other hand the periods in which the novels were written come across evidently such as the Romanticism influences in 'Wuthering Heights' and the insights into the jazz era in 'The Great Gatsby'. Gatsby is presented to be a character of noble heart, almost too good for the society into which he raises himself up to and who is ultimately, and tragically, destroyed by it. Heathcliff is presented as a 'tyrant', capable of cruelty and malice that is balanced out by the overwhelming grief experienced by him. Central to both novels is the theme of love and the immense acts of human ability and suffering that can stem from it. They also explore love as an all-consuming force that can act as, in Gatsby's case a reason for living and bettering himself, or in Heathcliff's case a reason for dying. Mark Hosking"

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