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  1. "Daisy Miller is, essentially, a young person of the reckless class". How far do you agree with this statement? Daisy Miller is a young woman from Schenectady, USA, where she was always surrounded by society

    As a result, Daisy is obsessed with attracting attention and Randolf, her younger brother, is spoiled. When Winterbourne first meets Daisy, he is impressed by this "pretty American girl" (p.12). However, he frequently wonders throughout the novella whether Daisy is truly innocent or is just a reckless American flirt. He believes that she is "wonderfully pretty" (p27) and that she is totally uncultivated. From Mrs. Costello's point of view, she is "very common" (p.25), so she would not like to meet her: "I must decline the honour of her acquaintance" (p.28).

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  2. the great gatsby

    * Gatsby had to perform several immoral and corrupt duties in order to reach the top of the ladder * "during one phase of American life brought back to the eastern seaboard the savage violence of the frontier brothel and saloon" (p. 106). * "'They're such beautiful shirts,' she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. 'It makes me sad because I've never seen such - such beautiful shirts before'" (p. 98). * God, therefore, is completely absent from the novel when examining the Jay Gatsby's actions and his influence on society itself.

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  3. Unattainable Things in The Great Gatsby

    Nick went to the east to make money. He was from the midwest, and even though his family was doing pretty well in the money department, Nick wanted to make his own money. By going from the midwest to the east, Fitzgerald shows Nick's desire to have more money. After spending the summer in the east and seeing how money affects people, he decides to go back west. I see now that this has been a story of the west, after all-Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all westerners and and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to eastern life.

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  4. TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU CONSIDER THE TREATMENT OF WOMEN IN 'THE GREAT GATSBY' TO BE MISOGYNICTIC. During the 1920s America was a country of great ambition

    From the 1890s into the 1920s there was a rise in women's public power-"a feminisation of the American culture.". As well as detailing to social scene of the roaring 1900s, by his misogynistic treatment of women, Fitzgerald reveals the concern that men had of the women who abandoned their traditional submissive gender roles. Daisy "cried ecstatically". Edwardian women were meant to be seen and not heard. They were meant to embody the qualities of purity and submissiveness. Daisy clearly does not fit this mould of the 'ideal housewife'. Fitzgerald portrays Daisy quest for attention and the word ecstatically demonstrates her character.

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  5. Both the short story The Necklace and the novel The Great Gatsby contain characters that have followed the wrong dream. Madame Loisel from The Necklace

    Madame Loisel's dream is to become rich: she cannot cope with the fact that she was born a clerk and must live the ways of a clerk; she is in denial of her social status, encouraging herself that her true position lies with the wealthy. She thinks luxurious thoughts when she is physically unable to achieve these dreams. Madame Loisel also speaks for life when she states that she should have been born a rich woman: not all women are or can be rich, and there is no particular reason why she should be one of them.

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  6. The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a fictional story concerning one's commitment and determination to achieve a reckless, yet empty goal. Fitzgerald explores and reveals to his readers

    The characters act self-centered and carefree, which are the qualities specifically noticeable in the book. His only ambition is to be reunited with Daisy, and in doing so, he neglects all the senses of reality. Throughout the story, Jay Gatsby is consistently in conflict with himself and the society surrounding him. His desperate heart cannot tolerate the acrid fact that Daisy has already been married to Tom Buchanan, and shares a child with him. Gatsby strongly assumes that with his tremendous and appealing wealth and social standing, he can travel back in time and rekindle their once treasured flame.

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  7. F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby

    Psychologically desiring a perfect lifestyle can automatically turn into a illusion. I view the American Dream as a illusive reality that will never be fully entertained even if one went beyond their moral boundaries, the extent of having everything turned into a crashing down of reality and this has been reflected throughout history, for example, the Great Depression. F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby (1925) greatly defines the American Dream as a crashing down of reality. There are many different definitions of the American Dream and it is interesting to see how F.

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  8. "Gatsby is a Victim of the American Dream." Discuss Scott Fitzgerald's Portrayal of Gatsby in the light of this Statement.

    It is these desires we see that help us to understand Gatsby and realize his downfall. Throughout the novel we are made aware of the flaws in the American dream through the values and attitudes of the western society. Although the dream establishes progress, prosperity and democratic principles, there are still rife class conflicts, corruption and exploitation. Through these ideas we can see just how superficial the wealthy Western characters of The Great Gatsby really are. The first idea of the American dream in The Great Gatsby is pure and involves motivation and ambition.

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  9. American Sociopath? - The Talented Mr Ripley

    If there is not much to be admired about him he is also not entirely to be censured." (Patricia Highsmith). Highsmith's accusations of Tom are not only inaccurate but also absurd. Tom's true identity is that of a murderous, irrational, and conniving person. Ripley is a man of many faces, talents, and identities. From the beginning he is impersonating an Internal Revenue agent. He tells a few, select individuals that they owe additional money to the government. This shows that Tom is manipulative. Tom's plan is not successful. Tom finds himself in a struggle for money and sponges off of his friends.

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  10. Gatsby's introduction in The Great Gatsby, seems very solemn and Nick comments that Gatsby has "come out to determine what share of our local heavens was his" (

    For instance, although Nick is from a similar background to Tom Buchanan, Tom exploits his high social status. An example of this is through Tom's physique, a "big hulking physical specimen" (page, ) with which he dominates the other characters. > Tom is portrayed as a hypocritical bully, which can be seen through traces of "paternal contempt" (page, ), and his hypocrisy can be seen when he receives a call from his mistress and goes to no length to hid this from his wife, Daisy. However, when Tom realizes that Daisy is very, romantically interested in Gatsby, he becomes very jealous.

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  11. 'He paid a high price for living too long with a single dream'. Explore the theme of dreams in 'The Great Gatsby'. How significant is this theme in other American texts you have read?

    In chapter 7, at the Plaza Hotel, Tom, deploring Gatsby's advances to Daisy, calls him 'Mr. Nobody from Nowhere'. Given the rootless drifting that seems to characterise the lifestyle of the Buchannans and their class this criticism might seem misplaced. But Tom is really asserting that America belongs to him and to his kind, and that this upstart who has bypassed the orthodox channels to social respectability has no claim to recognition. Utopia, the term for an ideal society, is derived from Greek words meaning 'Nowhere'. Gatsby not only captures the utopian dream, but is, in a sense, a utopian figure.

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  12. Sometimes the significance of the title of a novel is not immediately obvious. Choose a novel which fits this description and shows how, after careful study, the full significance of the title becomes clear. The Great Gatsby

    He shows off his wealth by having big parties and having a big, dramatic car. Tom refers to his car, calling it a "circus wagon". We also see that Gatsby is tasteless due to the pink suit that he wears. We do not necessarily see someone being great if they are tawdry in the way that Gatsby is, so this is not immediate proof that he is as great as the title of the book suggests. Gatsby is suspected of using dishonest methods of earning money, and Tom claims he is a bootlegger. He has associates with questionable reputations.

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  13. Comparisons and Contrasts Between F.Scott Fitzgerald and Jay Gatsby After watching the biography of F.Scott Fitzgerald, I noticed there are a lot of similarities between F.Scott

    (Chapter 8). However, Gatsby was poor and Daisy didn't want to marry a poor boy, so Daisy married a rich man named Tom afterwards. This didn't stop Gatsby's love towards Daisy. He waited for almost five years and during that time, he got rich by bootlegging. So he came back and ready to win Daisy's love again. This showed how much Gatsby loves Daisy and willing to do anything for her. As for the author of the novel, F.Scott Fitzgerald, he was deeply in love with a girl he met in a party as well.

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  14. The Great Gatsby - Chapter 3

    gardeners cleaning Gatsby's property (p.37-39) Arriving at the party Nick doesn't know anyone he could talk to and can't even find the host, so decides to stop at the bar, where, a little later, he welcomes Jordan Baker. They end up in a conversation with three men and two girls talking about rumors about Gatsby (p.40/41). After a short time they leave the group to look for Gatsby, since they haven't met him yet.

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  15. How reliable a narrator do you think Nick is based on what you have read in chapters 1 and 2 Throughout the opening of the book we meet Nick Carroway and he exposes many strengths

    Nick continues to contradict himself throughout the first two chapters. He ironically claims 'I'm inclined to reserve all judgements,' yet makes judgements on character and situations continually. This is evident when he first introduced Tom as having 'two shining arrogant eyes.' These judgements, particularly surrounding Tom root back to as far as college where he claimed Tom spending as a 'matter for reproach.' In reference to Jordan he said he 'enjoyed looking at her' and this affection could lead to his function as narrator being less reliable.

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  16. Look again at the characters of The Great Gatsby then respond to the tasks

    This annoys Nick. Yet Nick is always polite to Tom and Tom does not seem to gauge that Nick does not like him. For example Tom takes him to New York with Myrtle. Nick assumes that Tom wants his privacy and decides to leave but Tom does not let him and gives him his hospitality. Daisy, Nick seems to get on quite well with. They laugh and joke between themselves about Tom. For example Daisy keeps exaggerating about the things Tom says.

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  17. Gulf Gulf by Robert Westall is a breathtaking novel seen through the eyes of a boy named Tom. In this story Tom gives a recount of the past events of his life during the Gulf war. In this essay I will be looking closely at Tom's little brother Andy A....

    Figgis is strange but smart character which makes him very interesting. The thing that makes Figgis slightly different from other people is his special ability to see what other people are seeing many miles away. Figgis is brought up in a mainstream family who care very much for him. Figgis' brother Tom cares about him the most as they share a special bond. The bond was created from the minute Figgis was born. The relationship happened because; before Figgis was born Tom had an imaginary friend to keep him company, he was very close to this friend and when Figgis came along he replaced Tom's imaginary friend.

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  18. The way we view and interpret things constantly alters and reforms. Time and experiences allow us to develop and change our attitudes and perceptions of people, events, ideas and even ourselves.

    In the novel Nicks impression of Gatsby slowly develops and changes into a more positive and loyal attitude as he observes & compares the events that undergo and the personalities of the characters that unfold. In the end Nick speculates how Gatsby wilfully blinded himself so his love will not change, and believed that he could repeat and relive the past between himself and Daisy, but as Nick warned him "You cannot repeat the past", he responded with "Why of course you can!"

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  19. Essay on The Great Gatsby

    Gatsby is this way because he has had to earn his money and has not just inherited it like the lazy lot of them. The only other person that comes close to Gatsby is Nick, but we don't get to see what he would be like with wealth. Throughout the novel Gatsby looks out upon the crowd, when he comes down to greet Nick he is very polite to everyone surrounding him, knowing they spread rumors and lies about him.

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  20. "Everybody has dreams, and everybody must deal with reality - that is the nature of life."

    Among the main themes of the novel, is the American Dream, or the corruption thereof. Fitzgerald attempts to communicate the false and impossible nature of this ideal, and the ease with which it can be corrupted. It is through the pursuit of the American Dream that Jay Gatsby makes his fortune, however, he makes this fortune not only through hard work, but through his involvement in organised crime, thus he has corrupted the concept. Fitzgerald also presents the rich as being immoral and wicked, and many of the rich in the novel did not work for their money.

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  21. Chapter 2, "The Great Gatsby" - "Dying society" - review

    is growing but in the heart of it is dying, which he calls: "a valley of ashes, a desolate area of land". Also the writer suggested that America is leaving without any colour, people houses gardens relationships are under nasty, coverless surface" a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens". The writer gave very specific image to all his characters, they were full of energy, but this energy didn't suppose to last for a long time.

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  22. Literary comparisons

    * "Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her noise with his open hand." * They were careless people Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back to their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let clean up their mess they had made..." Words describing Tom: * Dominating * Ruthless * Arrogant * Imprudent * Confrontational * Inconsiderate * Manipulative Jay Gatsby (James Gatz) Quotes: * "It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life."

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  23. Jay Gatsby and Charles Foster Kane

    That at a young age Kane would be taken away from his home by a man named Thatcher who supposedly was going to give him a good life and save him from the poverty and limitations in his environment. So the family dynamic in Kane's family is skewed because although his mother makes the decision to protect him, her son senses it as abandonment. Gatsby, on the other hand, had a very different family life. Gatsby has parents and no one else in his life besides Daisy.

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  24. The Great Gatsby

    The rumours about Gatsby are abundant and come from the very people who take advantage of his hospitality. Jordan and the two twins, tell Nick at one of Gatsby's parties "Somebody told me that he killed a man." There are also disputes about which country he fought for in the war. As one man tells Nick "I heard that from a man who knew all about him, grew up with him in Germany." This is opposed by another woman at the party saying, "It couldn't be that because he was in the American army during the war." Gatsby's wealth which is also a mystery to begin with, adds to his mysterious reputation.

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  25. The Great Gatsby - Chapter 1

    This encourages him to withhold formulating opinions about people until he gets to know them, demonstrating his caution. Nick puts himself forward explicitly, as someone with an above average "sense of fundamental decencies" which now manifests itself as a wish for "the world to be in uniform and at a moral attention forever". This military perspective clearly shows Nick has something of an authoritarian character with a developed instinct for discipline and order. These first pages of Chapter one establish certain contradictions in Nick's point of view. Although he describes himself as tolerant and non-judgemental, he also views himself as morally privileged having a better sense of "decencies" than most other people.

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