“‘The Great Gatsby’ is a sordid tale of deception, adultery and murder.” How does Fitzgerald create the sense of a corrupt society in ‘The Great Gatsby’ and how does this resonate with your partner text?
Fitzgerald used the setting of the 1920’s to create a sense of corruption in The great Gatsby because it is set just after the First World War, where the whole of the western world was still coming to terms with the loss suffered in the Great War, ‘I came back restless’. The 1920s were generally known as the roaring 20’s a time of partying which was not really seen before; many people used this period as a time to recreate themselves like Gatsby had done. People were able to bring themselves up from nothing and end up with millions and not be questioned on how they got there. The 20’s was also well known for its crime, although the 20’s started off brightly, poverty and prohibition meant many people entered a life of crime and being a corrupt world it was easy for murderers and criminals to live a good life.
The valley of the ashes is a place half way between west egg and New York, the description given to us by Fitzgerald is of a dull, Smokey and dirty place, “where ash takes the form of houses”. Fitzgerald uses the setting of the valley of the ashes to show corruption because run down, dirty housing areas are normally associated with crime. ‘An impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight’ this is used to symbolise the affair between tom Buchannan and myrtle because they want no one to see what is going on. The valley of the ashes shows the reader that the affair is a bad sign because of the bad description given of it, the setting symbolises a living hell which shows again that the affair is a bad thing. At Toms and myrtles party Fitzgerald creates the image that men have authority over women and women get abused, “Tom Buchannan broke her nose with his open hand” The fact that after Tom hit Myrtle that they carry on as...
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