In this essay I‘m going to write about Fitzgerald‘s novel The Great Gatsby. One of the greatest novels of 20th century. The novel represents the ideas of the American dream or lack of, social class, dreams and hopes in the 20‘s.Fitzgerald admirable use of settings makes the novel outstanding piece of art illustrating the West and East ,the new and old money, the degrade of moral values and the life on the frontier. I am going to discuss how settings are used to present themes and ideas.
One of the main themes Fitzgerald introduces us to be the idea of division between classes expressed by the East Egg and West Egg. The East Egg represents the aristocracy of American society. The old established families with rich history. Tom and Daisy Buchannan are residence of East Egg. Their house is described as „a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay. The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sun-dials and brick walks and burning gardens „showing they are rich, the Georgian Colonial mansion shows that they have history, ‘old money’. The colours are also symbolic, as they represent the occupants. The innocent and calm Daisy and aggressive and destructive Tom. The hint of playful lawn represents their artificial love misleading the world. The mansion describes the greedy, consumed by material possessions representatives of East Egg. In the beginning of the play it help us to gain an idea of the ‚bourgeois ‘who hide behind their inheritance the cenysm, lack of moral values and crooked ideals which will later witness. The mansion represents the couple‘s marriage, which in 1920 was often for money, power and survival of the hierarchy which entitles the upper middle class to remain with high social ranks.
The East Egg is directly contrasted with West Egg. West Egg represents the lively, adventurous, hard-working, not yet degraded individuals with more traditional views of how society...
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