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AS and A Level: F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Fitzgerald uses Nick's narration for an authorial intrusion, having him claim 'all they think of is money' to show the materialistic nature of Tom Buchanan and society. Nick's focus on materialism throughout his narrative allows the reader to see that 'The Great Gatsby' is an American Tragedy, with Fitzgerald suggesting Gatsby's downfall occurs because of society's fixation on the American Dream. Fitzgerald creates Nick as a self-conscious author, telling the reader he's drunk during the events that unfold in Chapter 2.
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The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald is a portrayal of life in the 1920s. Fitzgerald told the story in first person, which help give the story a realistic account of the characters. The use of first person made the story easier to follow and helped str
Daisy didn't truly love him, with or without money. Fitzgerald's way of indicating that the people of the 1920's were disgraceful, undignified and selfish because they spent large sums of money on themselves is shown through Gatsby's parties where people would attend when they didn't know the host. This type of behavior is why the 1920's were known as a decadent era. The novel investigates the theme of honesty in a new modern way which it is lacking in the characters of The Great Gatsby including Jordan who cheats at golf and when New York City is a symbol of what America has become in the 1920's, a place where anything goes, where money is made.
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The Valley represents the moral and social decay which has resulted in uninhabited pursuit of wealth while the rich indulge in pleasure. Also the valley of Ashes could symbolise the unfortunate conditions of the poor for example George Wilson. The symbolic ash heaps are indication that George Wilson is not alive he is described as being a 'grey man'- 'ash grey man' this, is an indication that Wilson is drained from vitality and from life. Unlike her husband Myrtle is full of vitality and represents are more dominant character however, by her flower name we are able to tell that Myrtle is desperate to achieve her dream.
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How far and in what way does your reading of the novel support Toms view of Gatsby? A common swindler I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him.
It is Nick as a narrator who is questionably na�ve, who has fallen under Gatsby's allure where as it is unclear to the reader if Gatsby is an honest and legitimate character. Gatsby the eponymous character of the novel appears to be different to the other characters in the sense that he appears to bridge the gap between the rich and poor. Most of the wealthy people have failed to earn their vast amount of wealth themselves, instead being born into the high social strata.
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In what ways does Nicks discussion of Gatsbys party and Gatsby himself highlight the idea of identity, the romantic fantasy of self and the idealised self?
Yet it is not until Nick is in the party that you realise that something is off. His orchestra are playing Vladmir Tostoff's 'Jazz History of the World.' Gatsby is a figure for the Jazz Age, but he is also tied by social constraints that he believes means he must have an orchestra. Both things are correct, but when looked at together, they just don't fit. It seems to be a challenge by jazz music to be a serious rival to classical music.
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The Great Gatsby. CHAPTER 7 The communication of this invitation through Gatsby suggests initially to Nick that something was up.
The telephone call received by Tom at luncheon (from Mrs.Wilson) adds to the air of expectancy and tension. It is also the first time the reader has seen all of the main characters of the play gathered together, adding to the idea that the climax is due soon. Daisy and Jordan's skin is powdered over, suggesting a papering over of cracks, and the falsity of the situation. Nick contemplates 'the scalloped ocean and the abounding blessed isles', almost palpably desiring an escape.
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"The Great Gatsby" is a reflection of these kind of people - reckless dreamers. Even Nick admits this in chapter 9 : "They were all careless people". Nick Carraway shows his irresponsibility through his narration. Although he tells the story, he remains on the margins of main events, such as Myrtle's and Gatsby's death. He has to rely on accounts of other people, which makes him untrustworthy. Even when he is present, he doesn't know what other characters think and feel. He assumes that he does know, but the reader doesn't know if it's true, because the narrator might have misinterpreted gestures and situations, or added something from himself to make himself or another character look better.
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The settings of The Great Gatsby represent aspects of the American Dream. How far and in what ways do you agree with this view of The Great Gatsby?
The West Egg represents the newly rich - Gatsby. After the war Gatsby remained a poor soldier. He wanted to fulfil his dream and in order to achieve this, he had to become wealthy and have a high status in society. He became rich through bootlegging. Most newly rich earned money this way, as there was a big demand for alcohol because of The Prohibition. Through settings Fitzgerald portrays the newly rich as being rude, gaudy and lacking in social taste, while the old aristocracy were people who possessed taste, elegance and grace.
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Her childish attributes may have contributed to her irresponsible nature. After meeting Gatsby, Daisy begins to view everything in a romantic light. She whispers to Gatsby about wanting to "just get one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around" (page 101). Her relationship with Gatsby seems to have a tinge of fantasy, almost as if she is more interested in getting away from reality than being in a relationship with him. Daisy's affair with Gatsby can be said to be irresponsible as she is both a wife and a mother.
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Nick's description of Gatsby as someone who rose from the lower levels of society as a result of dreams of a "universe of ineffable gaudiness" also shows Nick showing some level of empathy for Gatsby, which encourages the reader to feel similarly. Nick chooses to reveal Gatsby's past at a time when his past is being questioned, specifically by the reporter at the start of the chapter, to "clear this set of misconceptions away", the misconceptions being the circulating rumours about Gatsby's past.
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His narration begins with some self-analysis, desperately trying to pin down pertinent aspects of his character. He relays his father's advice, to show tolerance towards others, and to reserve judgement, adding that 'reserving judgement is a matter of infinite hope.' This self-analysis that begins the account confirms to the reader that Nick is also a participant in the story as well as a narrator. He has his own specific characteristics. As the novel progresses we learn more about his character, soon discovering that Nick Carraway is an intelligent young man from the Mid West, introducing himself as a 'graduate from Yale' and a veteran of World War One.
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While the drinking is going on some things take place, that make prohibition make sense. During the book you hear of adultery, drinking and driving, vehicular manslaughter, and constant partying and promiscuity. According to Charles Mertz in The Dry Decade "It was midnight on January 16th that the new law took effect and twenty-four hours later that the public received its first enforcement news." " Four stills, two in Detroit, and Two in Indiana, were Raided in the government's crusade against violators of the Volstead Act."
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This personal narrative is highly important as we are enticed and compelled by Nick's creative style of delivery whilst understanding and experiencing his own character. Fitzgerald has created the character of Nick essentially to tell the story and have the opportunity to add personal judgements. Although the character repeatedly admits he does not make these judgements this is a contradictory statement that throughout the first chapter and novel in whole the narrator continually breaks. The first few pages can be described as a brief summary of Nick Carraway and his life where as a reader we begin to create and establish our perceptions of his character.
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In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald captures both the disillusionment of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status. Do you agree with this or does Fitzgerald do more?
This led to an era of hedonistic enjoyment (for those who could afford it) and, unsurprisingly, alcohol was consumed in large quantities with soldiers perhaps seeking the memory loss that accompanies the drinking of alcohol. Nick himself shows the attitude of the so-called "lost generation" when he describes himself as being "restless". Examples of this excessive alcoholism are found often during the novel, at both large and small parties, "the bottle of whiskey - a second one - was now in constant demand of all present". The use of the parenthesis and hyphens emphasises the quantity drunk by patrons at these regular parties by highlighting the fact that drinking was never limited to one glass...
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Gatsby's desire to have his relationship with Daisy reignited has led him to chase after the past. On the other hand, Gatsby also strives to reject the past. This includes the time frame before his encounter with Daisy, which is when he was much younger and was just the son of unsuccessful farm people. It is deducible that with the goal of rejecting this past, Gatsby has worked his way up to fit into the upper class of society. Overall, past memories and events plays a major role in reconstructing Gatsby as an individual. Throughout this novel Gatsby is portrayed as a member of the upper class in society through descriptions of his luxurious mansion and ongoing lavish parties.
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" tapistried furniture entirely too large for it (the apartment) " The furniture is symbolic of Myrtle in many ways, it can be seen that she is desperate to be seen as rich, and so she buys items that are too large for her own restrictions on life. It could also be seen that the 'furniture entirely too large for it' shows that Myrtle's desires for life are too large for what she can manage, and so they seem to become cumbersome, and become intrusive in everything that she does.
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"Nick's main attitude to East Coast society is fascination" - How far and in what ways do you agree?
On first reading, I think that it is very easy to think that Nick is completely fascinated and entranced by her in a very positive way. One way in which this is done is by using many words associated with light, such as 'white', 'glowing' and 'bright' which give us the sense that Nick is almost dazzled by Daisy as you would be dazzled by a bright light. Words such as 'white' also are the archetypal language used to portray a type of purity or innocence about Daisy which further supports his fascination as they make it appear as though
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There is a certain degree of arrogance in declaring that people bore him, and this in itself seems to be rather contradictory! Additionally, we learn that Nick has recently moved back home after a spell in Eastern America and due to his experiences there; he seems to crave a sense of order and direction, but want s to avoid human interaction. From this we can see the profound effect events he experienced there had on him as a person. A certain degree of trauma must be involved to cause a person to want to become devoid of love and emotion.
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"Nick's main attitude to east coast society is fascination." How far, and in what ways do you agree with this statement?
When describing Daisy's voice, Nick words phrases such as "low, thrilling", and calls it an "exhilarating ripple". I believe that this type of description, which occurs frequently whenever Nick talks about Daisy, show his fascination in a positive way with the East Coast world. The words "thrilling" and "exhilarating" imply that Nick is almost mesmerised by her as they are so emotive, something which I believe holds true for the society as a whole - it appears as if Nick is put in something of a trance by the glamour of it. I believe Fitzgerald chose Nick to have this reaction to Daisy because it goes some way to showing his feelings towards the East Coast.
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I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it", the reader is made to feel that Daisy has very little substance to her character, with the exception of her "low, thrilling" voice. Despite the reader having a screen in front of Fitzgerald's viewpoint in terms of Nick as the narrator, who clearly Fitzgerald intends to show as somewhat drawn to Daisy, we are still able to see that the only characteristics of Daisy's that are praised seem to be superficial.
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It is Nick who makes Jay Gatsby into The Great Gatsby(TM). With close reference to critical view points, discuss Nick's portrayal of Gatsby in the novel.
However, covertly, he also communicates the author's condemnation of 20's society as his own, since Fitzgerald has incorporated such judgements into his personality, creating the illusion of an impartial narrator while pursuing his satirical condemnation of the Jazz Age and his apparent admiration of the idealism implicit in the American Dream (represented by Gatsby's impossible optimism). Indeed, Fitzgerald's use of this "intelligent but sympathetic observer" at the centre of events "makes for some of the most priceless values in fiction" (William Troy, 1945).
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On the other hand, Nick as a writer can be seen as isolated, just as Gatsby was throughout his life, due to the extravagant parties with non-invited strangers and a friendless funeral. Fitzgerald therefore emphasizes Gatsby's hopeful obsession of meeting Daisy ever again, by hoping she would attend his materialistic parties, however by his death, he was only described as a "poor son-of-a-bitch". The reader feels that Gatsby was indeed this as he had dedicated part of his life in trying to reignite his love with Daisy showing he only ever became successful due to his materialistic desires, turning Daisy into an object.
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and that it was nothing short of a stroke of fate which caused his dreams to ultimately fail, therefore deeming his life to be destined to tragedy. Gatsby's involvement with the corruption and crime in post-war America also shows an inevitability that, in the end, he was going to end his life tragically. Gatsby's involvement with bootlegging and Meyer Wolfsheim adds a sinister, criminal and dangerous overtone to his life. The danger of his involvement with bootlegging is shown in chapter 4 during the introduction to the sinister and criminal Meyer Wolfsheim.
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Fitzgerald portrayed to us the 1920's as a period of decayed social and moral values. Gatsby changed himself so that he could achieve his ultimate dream of being with Daisy. Gatsby had a great longing for Daisy and this was shown to us as Gatsby leaned across to a 'green light' on Daisy's dock. Gatsby truly loved Daisy and he tried to do everything in his life that would impress her and he wanted Daisy to be invited to Nick's house so that they can meet once again. He wanted to make it look extravagant but this is all just calculated to impress Daisy.
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Those who lived in the west, such as Nick Carraway and Gatsby, were fair and relatively innocent and were perceived by the East Eggers as the, "less fashionable of the two." (pg 10). These characters are also presented as the protagonists, which allow the reader to more easily identify with their positive qualities. However, those who lived in East-egg, such as the antagonist, Tom Buchanan, were portrayed as, "careless people who smashed up things and then retreated back to their money...
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