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AS and A Level: F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby is a sordid tale of adultery, murder and deception how do you respond to this view?
This reflects on the superficial nature of marriage between the wealthy since Tom felt it perfectly reasonable to have an affair despite being married to Daisy. This carelessness of attitude is also representative of the 1920?s jazz age, where reckless jubilance and s****l immorality thrived and is epitomized by Tom?s formal affair with Myrtle. However, Adultery is not limited to Tom as seen by Gatsby?s and Daisy?s affair. Their affair was also fairly public as seen by Daisy and Gatsby embracing, despite Tom only being a few feet away.
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Fitzgerald uses the term ?men and girls? as opposed to referring to the ?girls? as women, perhaps suggesting at the immaturity of these women, so much so that they appeared to be like little girls. The use of the word ?whisperings? creates a sensual feeling in the reader as it appears romantic and furtive but also could refer to the gossiping ways of the wealthy party guests. The image of ?the stars? induces both a vision of peaceful night sky, which contrasts the lively atmosphere of the party and therefore highlighting this further to the reader, but also presents an
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At the start of the chapter the reader is given an insight into Gatsby's past through the use of retrospective narrative. It begins with a reminder that Gatsby is notorious as the first paragraphs lead to the revelation that he changed his name. This demonstrates his lack of confidence in his identity which creates an unsettling feeling as he denies his roots. This already imposes instability in his life. Through the use of contrast we see what Gatsby comes from and what he is aiming for from the opposing lifestyles of his family and that of Dan Cody.
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What Do You Think About the View That There Are No Women in The Great Gatsby With Whom the Reader Can Sympathize?
She looks down on the vulgar nature of people that try and buy their way into the upper class as he has done. However, it is feasible to suggest that she chose Tom; after all he didn?t build his empire selling illegal alcohol like Gatsby. In addition, it is possible to argue that being in an unhappy marriage ? shown by her reaction to Tom speaking to his mistress over dinner ? is a liable reason to which we can feel empathy for her.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes symbolism, dark diction, and repetition, in The Great Gatsby, to elucidate the social decay between the wealthy and poor
The idea of comparing lifeless ashes to owning a house portrays that the American dream is dying because people in the valley of ashes are not experiencing a prosperous and adventurous life, like the rich. Fitzgerald illustrates that the wealthy want to be segregated from the poor by making the valley of ashes a ?desolate area of land? (27). A distinct contrast is portrayed between the rich and poor because the road between the West Egg and New York ?hastily? combines with other paths which then lead to the valley of ashes (27).
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To others this foreshadows that inequality between classes will play a big part in the story because Nick is saying what he wanted and not what actually happened. We also see that Nick is unhappy with the class difference when he says ?well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre?. This shows that Nick is unhappy with the split between classes because he is privileged but cannot afford to live in the posher area of New York.
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The Great Gatsby is essentially set up as a frame narrative. Nick Carraway, the narrator, is telling the story of Gatsby.
The relationship between the frame narrative and the story he is telling is very crucial in the story, this is as without Nicks frame narrative, the story would not be what it is, and it wouldn?t have the significant impact on the reader as it does. Nicks frame narrative is the main frame Narrative in the story. It draws the reader in considerably, giving the story a greater emphasis of what is going on. Also the Frame narrative uncovers many techniques that Fitzgerald has hidden, for example the eyes of T.J Eckleberg, the personifying of the billboard, the omnipresence within the story and the microcosm that is the Great Gatsby.
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The party seems to be a very awkward occasion that Nick finds himself being included in again. This is the most likely reason why he got drunk for the second time in his life, so this was obviously seen to him as being a very significant time to be drunk, suggesting that it was very confusing and uncomfortable. Him being drunk implies that he wanted to forget the whole thing. The ostentatious behaviour and conversation of the others at the party repulse Nick, and he tries to leave. At the same time, he finds himself fascinated by the lurid spectacle of the group.
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He pictured the 'fresh, green breast of the New World' (and how it must have looked like to the Dutch sailors who stumbled upon it, without any industrial pollution or buildings (as it used to be called New Amsterdam before NYC)) as the green light, and muses that Gatsby ? whose wealth and success so closely echoes the American Dream ? failed to realise that the dream had already ended; that his goals had become hollow and empty. The Dutch envisioned it as a land of freedom and equality, where no one is judged and everyone can have a fresh new start; a place for dreamers such as Gatsby.
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Gatsby tries to relive the past with daisy but also break away from his past life in the west. This is an unrealistic and impossible dilemma. He also fails to overcome the class barrier which separates him and daisy which means that he cannot escape his past. It is also interesting because Nick recognises that Gatsby represents humanity?s endless capacity for hope even when all the evidence suggests otherwise; no one can escape the past. 3. The setting in this novel is very important as it shows the reader the different classes and the divide between the characters which helps tell the story.
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The American dream was one filled with hope. And The Great Gatsby could be interpreted as a novel about life without purpose, it seems the only person with any hope in the novel is Gatsby, and it ultimately leads to his demise. 5. Advertising increased materialistic desire and became a major industry in the 1920s. 6. 16th January 1920: Prohibition is enforced in an attempt to raise the country?s moral values. An obvious example of how the American dream had failed, and morals were simply brought lower as a result of bootlegging making millions for many criminals such as Al Capone.
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Another character who believes he deserves more power and influence is Tom Buchanan. Tom is already powerful, rich, and has a beautiful daughter and wife. Tom is not satisfied with that. The American Dream to him means he deserves more. One woman is not enough for Tom, he wants two. He also feels that he gets more power because of his mistress Myrtle. Because Myrtle is of a lower class he has complete over her. Myrtle depends on Tom to get her into a better society, closer to The American Dream. Tom knows this and he eats it all up, but he never lets Myrtle rise above her station.
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