In the novel "The Great Gatsby," by Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald has become determined to portray the type of relationships that had been shared throughout the pre-depression era. All of these relationships had become based on money, and money alone. When it came to marriage, divorce was socially forbidden, but cheating and lying behind your partner's back tended to be a trending topic.
Fitzgerald gets into a state of mind that allows him to portray Nick (the outsider of all the madness) and his thoughts, while still intriguing readers with the sort of relationships occuring. "I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth" (Fitzgerald1). Here, Fitzgerald establishes Nick's mindset when it comes to socialization and mankind. Due to the fact that Nick has been given much less than most of the people surrounding him (Tom, Daisy, Jordan, Gatsby). He claims the people around him were blessed by God himself at birth. A trait Nick gained from his snob of a father. Nick has been set up as an outsider of the type of fortune in the book.
In an effort to portray the kingpin of the novel, Jay Gatsby, Fitzgerald includes quotes that describe his character and his intentions. "It is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men" (2). The mention of something that preys on Jay Gatsby portrays more unknown factors that make Gatsby mysterious. Nick has basically stated his desire to avoid being like Gatsby in any way. "abortive sorrows," portray Gatsby's inflicted sadness, and "short-winded elations," must have to do with the parties Gatsby throws once a month in his efforts to find Daisy.
Nick has been introduced as a much different character, one with poorer standards and more ethics, which tends to unfold towards the end of the novel. "Father agreed to finance me for a year, and after various delays I came East, permanently, I thought, in the spring of twenty-two" (3). Here, Fitzgerald portrays Nick's reliance on his father as of now. Also a sense of unknown appears in this quote. "various delays," contributes to unknown circumstances, and the halt of thought by the phrase: "I thought," foreshadows a reason for Nick to leave New York.
In an effort to describe the surrounding setting to these dastard people, he includes deep recollections of the place. "But above the grey land and the spasms of bleak dust which drifts endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg" (23). Fitzgerald does an amazing job here in describing the land which lies between Nick and Gatsby's houses, and the Buchanon's house. The "drift endlessly," phrase that describes the dust all around portrays the vastness of the place. Also, the mention of the billboard with the oculist Eckleburg pushes forth a thought of further meaning. Fitzgerald continues with the setting descriptions in the following quote. "We drove over to fifth avenue, so warm and soft, almost pastoral, on the summer Sunday afternoon that I wouldn't have been surprised to see a great flock of white sheep turn the corner" (28). Fitzgerald describes the setting through Nick's eyes, although I became confused at first at how a setting can be announced as "warm and soft," I came to understand when "pastoral," is introduced by Nick. Pastoral has to do with nature, and Nick proceeds to say he wouldn't be surprised to see a "flock of white sheep," which backs up the claim about the "warm and soft," considering the setting. Also I believe that the flocking sheep reference can also be depicted as a religious meaning in which Fitzgerald characterizes the characters as ones to act as flocking sheep, as those who attend Gatsby's parties.
Fitzgerald makes his intentions to the readers evident in the following quote; his intention...
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