‘Although writers often claim they do not wish to be moralistic, almost every work contains a moral issue. To what extent, in what ways and to what effect has the author of the text you have studied explored this issue?’
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has to a great extent explored the moral issues implicit in his 1920’s context. Fitzgerald explores the lack of religion, the corruption of the American Dream and the superficial values of his society in order to make his society reflect on their own illusory existence. The 1920’s have been dubbed as the ‘Roaring Twenties’ as emphasis was largely placed on the use of new automation, redefined womanhood and significant changes to lifestyle and culture. It was a time where traditions were broken and new technology made life so much more achievable.
Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has to a great extent explored the lack of religion and moral standingin his society. The only godly figure mentioned in this novel is ‘The eyes of Doctor T.J Eckleburg’. The eyes ‘look out of no face, but, instead’ from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose’. The colour imagery with the use of the word yellow indicates a sign of decay and corruptness. It reinforces that this society is eroding away due to the hollowness and superficiality of their lives. The descriptive language used to depict an image of the lack of physical features indicates to the readers that they live in a faceless world with no one or nothing to believe in. George Wilson man who is seen to be lifeless, exhausted yet ironically he is one character without staggering flaws and the only character who speaks about God. When Wilson confronts Myrtle he states ‘‘God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me but you can’t fool God!’ The repetition of God makes us believe that he in desperate for the world to forget it’s careless lifestyle. The next paragraph Wilson is looking into the eyes...
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