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AS and A Level: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    The opening section of the novel is devoted to introducing the reader to Nick: his background, his current position and his opinions. A line of particular note concerning his views on inequality is "...as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth." This shows Nick revealing the fact that he thinks that certain people are born with better morals than other people, but also shows that he acknowledges that this viewpoint is not necessarily morally right in itself ("snobbishly"), showing that he has the capacity to question himself, again promoting his aptitude for a role as a reliable narrator.

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    Explore F.Scotts Fitzgeralds presentation of class and wealth in The Great Gatsby and The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.

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    Gatsby's relationship with Daisy mirrors Fitzgerald's turbulent relationship with Zelda who much like Daisy, was regarded as being incredibly materialistic. Gatsby can therefore be seen as a representing Fitzgerald's pursuit of sufficient wealth to support an aristocratic love interest. He does this to the detriment of his artistic integrity which he compromised by writing short stories to fund Zelda's opulent lifestyle. This is mirrored by Gatsby compromising his integrity and personal worth by bootlegging and lying about being the 'son of some wealthy people in the Middle-West', in order to please Daisy and hopefully gain acceptance.

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    To what extent and in what ways is Fitzgerald purely critical of Gatsby's dreams?

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    Gatsby himself is portrayed as being a very romantic character and this can be seen in his speech when he talks about the past, for example telling Nick that "His heart beat faster as Daisy's white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God". Fitzgerald clearly is making Gatsby appear to be very wistful and dreamlike, and also is making us more sympathetic to him by making his affair with Daisy and his dreams appear to be very romantic.

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    'The American Dream not only fails to fulfil its promise but also contributes to the decay of social values' (Tyson 1999). How far does The Great Gatsby demonstrate this view of the American Dream?

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    Nick narrates in Chapter One, "I decided to go east and learn the bond business," and presents a stark contrast between his small new house and those on either side that 'rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season'. This affirms the importance of wealth from Nick's perception and equally from that of the other inhabitants of West Egg. They are the newly rich, who have worked hard and earned their money in a relatively short period of time - their wealth is based solely upon material possessions.

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    The role of minor characters in the novel, The Great Gatsby

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    "It was the man in that car. She ran out to speak to him and he wouldn't stop." This misconception of his was a significant piece of the novel's plot as it led to the murder of the protagonist in the novel, Jay Gatsby. In other words, George Wilson was the one responsible for Gatsby's death and this is shown in the quote; "It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete." Myrtle's role in the plot along with George's decision to commit murder as a form of revenge for Myrtle's death played a major role in the progression of the plot.

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    How do Scott Fitzgerald and Hunter S thompson portray the villain in 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' and 'The Great Gatsby'

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    obviously a tested and proved theory that has worked in the past and so is likely to work again. This can be seen as Thompson portraying Gonzo's awareness of Raoul's submissive nature and weakness to succumb to a life of grotesque self indulgence; and also his unfailing ability to manipulate this. Tom Buchanan is presented as a hypocritical bully, and in some respects Dr Gonzo can also be seen as one. Tom and Daisy can be likened to Raoul and Dr Gonzo, when Nick says that they leave other people to pay for the consequences of their actions. Raoul and Gonzo leave a path of destruction everywhere they go, and it can be argued, so do Tom and Daisy.

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  7. Peer reviewed

    Symbolism in the Great Gatsby

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    These parties were a corruption of 'The American Dream' because 'The Dream' was no longer about achieving a better life than your parents, however in the eyes of money americans 'better' translated to 'richer', so the thirst for money depicted in the novel, is symbolic for the attitudes of both men and women in 1920's America. Nick explains in chapter 9, that the American Dream was originally about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness. However it has been changed by the rise of the residents of West egg (the "new money"), and with them came their relaxed social values.

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  8. Peer reviewed

    Was Gatsby Great

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    It could also symbolise the act of Gatsby's life in the novel. Fitzgerald presents Gatsby as living a luxurious life, with plenty of friends, no worries and an honest man. Yet by the end of the novel his whole illusion unravels and the reader discovers that he has many problems, he is dishonest and has no true friends. One of the ways in which Gatsby is 'great' is the fact that he is extremely wealthy and owns many material items such as a yellow station wagon and a "Rolls-Royce". Fitzgerald uses descriptive words such as "hulking patent cabinets', "massed suits" and "shirts pilled up like bricks in stacks a dozen high" to emphasise Gatsby's luxurious lifestyle.

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    What literary techniques does F. Scott Fitzgerald use to present Gatsby's party in Chapter III of the novel.

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    The chapter opens up with a very descriptive and detailed introduction given to us by Nick. He seems to give us a lavish description of one of Gatsby's summer night parties, Nick seems to be looking on from his house watching the party in his usual voyeuristic fashion. It's possible that he's maybe slightly envious of the guests, possibly wishing to be there himself; it seems to give the reader that impression as the chapter goes on. This could be a good reason for the extra amount of descriptiveness.

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    What do you think of the view that obsession with money and the new consumer culture of the 1920s dominates human thinking and behaviour in The Great Gatsby?

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    Daisy and Gatsby were together in the past and before she hears Jordan mention his name she doesn't appear to have shown any interest in contacting him. She is also hesitant to go to Gatsby's house without Nick, who she then allows to leave after she's been shown around and seen what wealth Gatsby has. Gatsby associates wealth with Daisy, "Her voice is full of money". This suggests that Daisy produces a sense that she has always been provided for, and educated around rich people, so she speaks as they would, in a carefree manner that those who do not have a lot of money don't have.

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    Discuss the presentation of Gatsby's character through Carraway's narrative perspective

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    drift casually out of nowhere and buy a place in Long Island Sand'. Here, the narrative tone is assertive, and the reader is being told outright that such a thing just didn't happen. The perspective here is perhaps a little suspicious of Gatsby, and is certainly curious; Carraway is questioning how Gatsby acquired his wealth and, in doing so, influencing the reader to do the same. Fitzgerald releases little rumours about Gatsby via guests at Gatsby's parties; due to Carraway's perspective, the reader is unable to ascertain which are true instantly, thus enhancing the mystery that seems to surround Gatsby; one persistent rumour is that 'he was a German spy during the war', another that 'he killed a man'.

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    Myrtle's Tragic Achievement - The Great Gatsby.

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    This all will lead to her "tragic" achievement. The affair between Tom and Myrtle has spoiled her. On a visit to New York City, Myrtle "let four taxicabs drive away before she selected a new one, lavender-colored with grey upholstery" (Fitzgerald 31). During the taxi ride, she spotted a man selling a dozen puppies in a basket hanging from his neck. She demanded that Tom purchase her one. He bought her an Airedale for the outrageous amount of ten dollars. Tom also bought Myrtle her own apartment in the city.

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  13. What is the Role of Nick Carraway in the Great Gatsby?

    He represents the quiet reflective Midwesterner adrift in the lurid East. He is the perfect choice for the narrator, and the novel comes to functions as his personal memoirs of his experiences with Gatsby in the summer 1922. Nick is "...tolerant, open-minded and a good listener," and the other characters, therefore, tend to confide in him. Gatsby in particular comes to treat him as confidant. So Nick becomes the readers' source for otherwise unobtainable knowledge about the characters. The opening paragraphs of the novel are a description of Nick's life before he moved to West Egg, but Nick interrupts himself and starts talking about different time periods.

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  14. How does Fitzgerald tell the story in Chapter 3 of "The Great Gatsby".

    Gatsby 'he was a German spy in the war' which builds up the readers expectations of Gatsby and then they press on and are confronted by the Owl eyed man where once again Gatsby is mentioned 'this fella's a regular Belasco' which raises the audiences interest in him once again. After that Nick is talking to a fellow soldier from the war who is eventually revealed to be Gatsby which takes Nick and the reader by surprise as this person who has so much told about them is just in plain sight.

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  15. Political context of The Great Gatsby

    The gaps in American social structure were undoubtedly large, however Republican's idea of individualism allowed an access to higher rank in society. Characters' traits such as determination, adroitness and hard-work were heavily respected in US during that time. This explains Gatsby's struggle in achieving respected status and wealth. Perhaps, from a political point of view, Gatsby therefore could be seen as a model of a successful American during the 'Economic Boom'.

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  16. Assess the Importance of the American Dream in relation to The Great Gatsby

    When he asks Nick, 'my house looks well, doesn't it?' he's not boasting about his wealth, he is trying to get reassurance that Daisy will like it. To this extent, Gatsby's acquisition of wealth is not to do with the American Dream and many of the negative and self-interested aspects of the American Dream are not embodied in Gatsby's character, and as a result, the ideology does not play a major role in the structure and progression of the novel.

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  17. Three characters in The Great Gatsby and the theme of obsession

    Clearly, Gatsby must have looked reality in the eyes, blinked, and ignored it entirely. Readers are unsure whether or not Gatsby did have a reality check, or if he knew that his life's goal was entirely beyond his reach. Gatsby has a history of his obsessions with Daisy including the complete file of Daisy's life, composed of news articles and magazine clippings. Gatsby worked vigorously to acquire money to build his astonishing mansion and even more money to purchase beautiful silk shirts from England. In addition, his home happened to be sitting on the piece of land across from Daisy's house-a perfect view of the green light at the end of her dock.

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  18. Structure in Chapter 1,8 and 9 of The Great Gatsby

    The chapter ends with 'It was after we started... and the holocaust was complete.' Nick describes the death of both Wilson and Gatsby as the 'holocaust'. This is symbolic of the two characters as one could argue that they were the most innocent of the characters in the novel, yet neither of them managed to fulfil their idea of the American Dream. Telling the reader of the death of both characters signifies the end of the novel as the two characters lives have also come to an end.

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  19. Nick Carraway is the most important character in "A Great Gatsby". Discuss.

    You're having lunch with me today and I thought we'd ride up together." And all simply because Gatsby wants it so. It is not until Gatsby's funeral, that Nick takes an active role and even at that point, he purely takes on the task because "no one else was interested". In that sense, you could well argue that not only is Nick a spectator, he is it to the extent that he's apathetic to everything that happens, even to the point of neglecting the murder of Myrtle, when he knew that Daisy was the driver.

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  20. "The Great Gatsby".How does Fitzgerald tell the story in Chapter 1?

    Writing in one style can't reflect Fitzgerald creative ability, so he uses Romanticism to express his literary creativity. The idea that Romanticism was choosing feeling over reason and choosing beauty and art over technology is challenged. He uses technological imagery to evoke Romantic perceptions and perspectives when describing Gatsby such as Nick thinking is he "related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes". He combines the Romantic word 'gorgeous' with the idea of technology to effectively portray to us that he is a creative writer. This helps aid the 'love' story. Nick is highly ambivalent towards Gatsby as he shows he has "an unaffected scorn" for him.

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  21. Great Gatsby Chapter 3 notes

    These people are happy enough to use his facilities but do not take time to meet him. He has his cars pick people up. � There is an organised body of people employed to carry out chores with a certain military precision:"Every Friday fine crates of oranges and lemons arrived from a fruiter in New York - every Monday theses same oranges and lemons left his back door in a pyramid of pulpless halves" Could be a metaphor for the transitional state of the guests on departure from this lavish affair. They leave as 'pulpless halves' indicating their rotten, immoral cores.

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  22. Great Gatsby Chapter 6 notes

    "The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God - a phrase which if it means anything, means just that - and he must be about His father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty." � This description can be related to others of Gatsby in previous chapters. Find them. What connection is being made here. � God serves the purpose of humanity and nature. God is the creator. In a similar way Gatsby serves to create his own world - a wealthy, materialistic, ostentatious, superficial creation which ironically distorts God's purpose.

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  23. Great Gatsby Chapter 9 notes

    It is interesting to note just how much Nick has matured as a result of his experiences: '...as he lay in his house and didn't move or breathe or speak, hour upon hour, it grew upon me that I was responsible, because no one else was interested - interested, I mean, with that intense personal interest to which everyone has some vague right at the end.' So, it is Nick who shoulders the final responsibility for Gatsby. Nick begins the chapter commenting on the impact of these events - remember he is writing from a retrospective stance two years later:

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  24. Great Gatsby Chapter 5 notes

    You should also note that it is a 'defunct mantelpiece clock'. It does not work. It has stopped at one moment in time just as Gatsby's life has stopped. He is trapped in the past, fuelled only by his over-elaborate dream - the clock is trapped at the precise moment it stopped. � 'the automatic quality of Gatsby's answer set us all back at least another minute" � 'ghostly laughter' � 'prehistoric marshes' � 'No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man can store up in his ghostly heart.'

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  25. Great Gatsby Chapter 1 - introducing Nick and the Buchanans

    in this world haven't had the advantages you've had' Nick comes from a middle-class family that values a sense of moral justice. This all contributes to ensuring the reader's trust in Nick and the fact he remains somewhat impartial to the events which will follow. He comments that he is 'inclined to reserve all judgements'. Has he been able to do this in telling the story of the eponymous Gatsby? � No. Firstly, he contradicts himself when he has stated and described himself as tolerant and non-judgemental then makes clear 'snobbishly' that he views himself as morally privileged - he knows that 'a sense of fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth'.

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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?
  • Discuss the presentation of Gatsby's character through Carraway's narrative perspective

    "In conclusion, Gatsby is presented by Carraway's Narrative Perspective as being an isolated figure, who is initially shrouded in mystery, which soon fades, leaving the hollow, superficial nature of Gatsby exposed to Carraway and reader alike. The narrative then reveals that in fact Gatsby's wealth, although acquired through shady deals during the Prohibition, was all done in pursuit of Daisy. This infatuation is presented by Carraway's narrative as Gatsby being a 'man in love' who 'came alive' in his love for Daisy. However, whether or not his pursuit of Daisy is true love is questionable. It is certain that Carraway admires, even idolises Gatsby, despite his reservations, because of something 'beautiful' he sees about Gatsby. Harry Dayantis"

  • To what extent and in what ways is Fitzgerald purely critical of Gatsby?

    "Due to Fitzgerald's seeming disregard for Daisy in the novel, I believe that he is critical of Gatsby's dream to be with her. However, I believe the other aspects of his presentation linking to dreams in a wider context prevent this view from seeming as if he is purely critical of it - the way that he suggests dreams are important to human nature and separate Gatsby from the crowd imply that Fitzgerald finds dreaming admirable, to an extent. For him to be purely critical I believe that he would have to feel purely critical of dreaming in general, which I believe not to be the case. Therefore, I believe the conclusion that Fitzgerald is critical to an extent is far more feasible and takes into account the more positive aspects of dreaming that he seems to incorporate and believe in."

  • Discuss the presentation of Gatsby's character through Carraway's narrative perspective

    "In conclusion, Gatsby is presented by Carraway's Narrative Perspective as being an isolated figure, who is initially shrouded in mystery, which soon fades, leaving the hollow, superficial nature of Gatsby exposed to Carraway and reader alike. The narrative then reveals that in fact Gatsby's wealth, although acquired through shady deals during the Prohibition, was all done in pursuit of Daisy. This infatuation is presented by Carraway's narrative as Gatsby being a 'man in love' who 'came alive' in his love for Daisy. However, whether or not his pursuit of Daisy is true love is questionable. It is certain that Carraway admires, even idolises Gatsby, despite his reservations, because of something 'beautiful' he sees about Gatsby."

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