Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Copyright Date: April 10, 1925
1. What is the primary theme of this book? What is the basic message the author is trying to convey?
1) Fitzgerald portrays the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values, evidenced in its overarching cynicism, greed, and empty pursuit of pleasure. The reckless jubilance that led to decadent parties and wild jazz music—epitomized in The Great Gatsby by the opulent parties that Gatsby throws every Saturday night—resulted ultimately in the corruption of the American dream, as the unrestrained desire for money and pleasure surpassed more noble …show more content…
There is a good example in this book. Daisy Buchanan who is the lover of Jay Gatsby, but she is the wife of Tom Buchanan. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where she met and fell in love with Gatsby. She describes herself as “sophisticated” and says the best thing a girl can be is a “beautiful little fool,” which makes it unsurprising that she lacks conviction and sincerity, and values material things over all else. Yet Daisy isn’t just a shallow gold digger. She’s more tragic: a loving woman who has been corrupted by greed. She chooses the comfort and security of money over real love, but she does so knowingly. Daisy’s tragedy conveys the alarming extent to which the lust for money captivated Americans during the Roaring …show more content…
Greed is the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it for one's self, far beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort. It is applied to a markedly high desire for and pursuit of wealth, status, and power. Greed is bad because it stems from, and strengthens, the mistaken belief that your personal value and identity relate to the things you possess and control, instead of who you are and what you do. It promotes the idea the little 'me' that wanders around in this temporary shell is my true self, and undermines the 'I'; the true relationship and living identity with all that is, and thereby supports, strengthens and promotes the Fear that is born of loss and separation from the one. "I" and "you" are but the lattices in the niches of a lamp, through which the one light