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The Great Gatsby

Jeremy Wu Eng073 3-4-13 Great American Novel What book should be consider as the great American novel? The Great Gatsby is a book that should be consider as the great American novel because F. Scott Fitzgerald lived through the 1920’s and he pull his own life experience in the book to make it more realistic than other novels. And the novel talks about the American dream, which you can start from scratch and becoming rich. The writing style of this book is very creative and have a lot of...

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* Full Title: The Great Gatsby * Genre: Novel * Setting: Long Island, Queens, and Manhattan, New York in the summer of 1922 * Climax: The showdown between Gatsby and Tom over Daisy * Protagonist: Jay Gatsby * Antagonists: Tom Buchanan * Narrator: Nick Carraway * Point of View: First person * Historical and Literary Context * Where Written: Paris and the US, in 1924 * When Published: 1925 * Literary Period: Modernism The Great Gatsby is a novel written...

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to Fiction English 2342 The Distortion of the American Dreams The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who is perhaps one of the most recognized authors associated with the literary flowering of the 1920’s in America. The concern of most authors during this time was of the materialism that had suddenly swept the country. Credit was easy, interest rates were low, and corruption abounded. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrays how the American dream of success was extinguished until...

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Is Gatsby Great?

Is Gatsby Great? ‘Gatsby turned out all right in the end’ – a judgment that takes Nick Caraway some time to make, and one that not everyone would agree with. This essay states three reasons why the character Jay Gatsby from the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ is not great. To some readers, Gatsby may seem like a great guy because he was doing anything and everything to make Daisy, the woman that he loved, love him back but Daisy has a husband, Tom, and Gatsby is with Daisy pursuing an affair and...

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Great Gatsby & Atonement Explore how Fitzgerald presents doomed love in ‘The Great Gatsby.’ How does ‘Atonement’ illuminate this key aspect of Fitzgerald’s novel? In your response consider the authorial use of form, structure and language, context and some critical views. Give primary focus to the core text. 1920’s America was very much a materialistic society revolving around money, love being a simple emotion, unimportant and always coming second to luxury. This obsession with wealth...

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essay   The great gatsby, a novel by F.Scott Fitzgerald, is about the loss of innocence and society's downfall as they try to reach this dream. The goal is different for each person, as well as the loss. He or she has a chance of achiving wealth and happiness that sccompaniesit. The great gatsby believes that one can acquire happiness through the accumulaton of wealth and power. Fitzgerald uses images of the character Jay Gatsby, excessive wealth, and immoral actions with the characters to portray...

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American’s had the right to the pursuit of happiness instead of automatic happiness? Did he believe happiness was unachievable? In the book , The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is in the pursuit of happiness trying by all means necessary to achieve this goal, the goal that all human kind shares, happiness. For his entire life, Jay Gatsby has been striving to find happiness. From when he was a young boy keeping a journal on how to better himself, until his adulthood where he worked...

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Period 1 10 December 2012 The Great Gatsby The novel the Great Gatsby is a very well written book by F. Scott Fitzgerald and is probably the most known out of his novels. In the Great Gatsby Fitzgerald shows us that in the 20’s money was a huge part of how you are viewed by everyone. Money determined how you were viewed and how people perceived you.People felt like they could alter how people viewed them by having a lot of possessions. In the novel Jay Gatsby has to resort to Daisy’s materialistic...

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The Great Gatsby After reading "The Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and watching the film directed by Jack Clayton, I noticed a few plot, character, and theme changes. As I was watching the movie I began to ask myself why did Jack Clayton take this event out or why did he add in this particular event? Was it for the sake of time or the fact that it was not an important part in the book? So I began to write notes and started to compare the great novel to the film. The novel The Great...

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from the eyes of the public. In Fitzgerald's avant-garde work, The Great Gatsby reveals the Roaring Twenties a time were the world was coming back to normalcy after World War I. Time period were woman redefined themselves, jazz blossomed, and mob illegal operations increased. James Gatz is driven by love to transcend and become Jay Gatsby in order to win the affection of Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby's over the top parties attracted great amount of rich and pompous people that came without invitation and...

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For my book report, I chose to read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is a novel set in the twenties when the American economy was soaring (SparkNotes…). I choose this book because I had it in my bookshelf for a long time, but never found time to read it. I had no expectations of this book because I had never heard anything about it, and the summary on the back was un-descriptive. In this paper I will accurately and specifically go into the characters of the book, and present the themes...

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How does Fitzgerald present identity in ‘The Great Gatsby’ Use ‘The Bluest Eye’ to illuminate your answer. ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F.Scott Fitzgerald is set in America before the Great Depression, and focuses on the aristocrats of “West and East Egg”; Fitzgerald explores identity through the characters and their greed for money, the search of love and the unachievable American dream. The novel is named after a young man who in by pursuing the love of his life loses his identity. ‘The Bluest Eye’...

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In chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby Nick is invited to one of Gatsby’s extravagant parties. He arrives only to find he doesn’t know where Gatsby is, and then he runs into Jordan Baker. Together they set off to find Gatsby and they head to the library where they find “Owl Eyes”, a drunken man trying to get sober. After talking to “Owl Eyes” for awhile they head outside again where Nick unknowingly starts a conversation with Gatsby. After revealing himself, Gatsby tells Jordan that he would like to speak...

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 The Reckless Gatsby We live in mammonist world. Money is first. If we have a lot of money, we can buy almost everything. However, we cannot buy true emotions, such as love. Emotion is above money. We can buy person to work at your side. But making that person to be truly at our side, we should move his/ her true heart by spending a lot of time and show who you are and know how he/she is. Otherwise he/she will just pretend to be your side. From this point of view, F.Scott Fitzgerald’s novel...

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Seminar Essay The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald While reading the classic novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the reader can clearly see how this story can be viewed through the Marxist Lens. Through tales of trial and desperation, the story reveals what can happen when money and social class come into play. The author clearly portrays how the American dream can cause people to lose sight of the important things in life, and how people always want to make it to the top, no...

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Shallowness of the Upper Class One of the main themes of The Great Gatsby , by Scott Fitzgerald, is the shallowness of the upper class. This idea of shallowness is expressed frequently through the main characters Daisy and Tom. They are occasionally compared to the other two main characters Gatsby and Nick. The story takes place in 1920s America in Long Island, New York during prohibition. Prohibition was a time period where alcohol was made illegal, but if you were part of the upper class...

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The Great Gatsby: The Corruption of the American Dream through Materialism The American dream is an ideal that has been present since American literature’s onset. Typically, the dreamer aspires to rise from rags to riches, while accumulating such things as love, high status, wealth, and power on his way to the top. The dream has had variations throughout different time periods, although it is generally based on ideas of freedom, self-reliance, and a desire for something greater. The early settlers’...

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her. At the outset Gatsby is rejected by Daisy because of his class. He thus thinks that outbidding Tom will enable him to own Daisy. Protagonist and antagonist have the same economic and moral characteristics – they are hollow, greedy men pursuing women financially ‘at a cost’ to those women, others, and themselves. These capitalists have sacrificed their anima for money, and ironically, seek the idealised female ‘grail’ – the Other - financially. Deception in The Great Gatsby There are...

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may seem like they have nothing in common, they do have quite a lot of similarities. "The Great Gatsby" and "A Million Little Pieces" are both novels that have characters who live in a world where friends are loyal to each other, how love plays a big role and effects a person in a good or bad way, and where hardships are faced on an everyday life. The Loyalty in friendship in both novels, "The Great Gatsby" and "A Million Little Pieces" play a big role in the comparison of each. Characters such...

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Paul Long Dr. Dennis Eng. 3 Gatsby Research Paper People from all over the world come to the United States all seeking to better their lives by gaining this so-called “American dream.” There is no clear definition of this dream, and everyone’s idea of it is different. In the story The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald makes one thing very clear about the dream, and that is that it is destroyed by money. The dream cannot survive if the pursuit of wealth and riches is also in the agenda...

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"Death of a Dream" Any American is taught a dream that is purged of all truth. The American Dream is shown to the world as a belief that anyone can do anything; when in reality, life is filled with impossible boundaries. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gives us a glimpse into the life of the upper class during the roaring twenties through the eyes of a moralistic young man named Nick Carraway. It is through the narrator's dealings with the upper class that the reader is shown...

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The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby has a list of ordinary character flaws, though Gatsby’s flaws are only revealed through the telling of the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book's plot revolves around the history of Jay Gatsby and his undying love for Daisy Fay. Did the downfall of Gatsby’s character leave him to be an innocent victim, a foolish dreamer, or a guilty imposter? The downfall of this main character was destroyed by love and money, when Gatsby and his lavish life eventually...

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trickery,” but in The Great Gatsby, however, “honesty does not seem to determine which characters are sympathetic and which are not in this novel quite the same way that it does in others” (GradeSaver). F. Scott Fitzgerald has incorporated many different themes into The Great Gatsby, but one of the more prevalent themes is one of dishonesty, displayed through the characters’ various actions and affairs. Fitzgerald portrays this theme through the characters, Tom, Daisy, Myrtle, Gatsby, Jordan, and the...

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of Jay Gatsby, who is urbane and world-weary. Gatsby is really nothing more than a man desperate for love. Overview: The Great Gatsby The novel's events are filtered through the consciousness of its narrator, Nick Carraway, a young Yale graduate, who is both a part of and separate from the world he describes. Upon moving to New York, he rents a house next door to the mansion of an eccentric millionaire (Jay Gatsby). Every Saturday, Gatsby throws a party at his mansion and all the great and the...

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The great Gatsby Nick Carraway starts off the book by telling the advice of his father. “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantage that you’ve had’”. (Fitzgerald, pg. 7). In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, Fitzgerald creates an artificial world where all the characters sole purpose...

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Gatsby: The False prophet of the American Dream The American dream, or myth, is an ever recurring theme in American literature, dating back to some of the earliest colonial writings. Briefly defined it is the belief, that every man, whatever his origins, may pursue and attain his chosen goals, be they political, monetary, or social. It is the literary expression of the concept of America: the land of opportunity. F. Scott Fitzgerald has come to be associated with the concept of the American...

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” How important is the setting of a particular time and/or place to the development of the characters? The setting of a particular time and place is integral to the development of the characters. This can be seen through the book, “ The Great Gatsby”. The book was written in the 1920s America. It was the post World War 1 period and the time of extreme wealth and promise. It was also a Jazz Age, where women enjoyed a much less restricted lifestyle with newfound freedom. There was a legal ban...

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great gatsby Character |Behavior |Consequences | | |Jay Gatsby | He had a overzealous need for| He lost daisy because of his eagerness for money | | |money and would sacrifice | | | |anything to get it | | |Daisy Buchanan | Never attached her self to...

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By: Sarah Nealis A Critical Review: The Great Gatsby By: Sarah Nealis The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a universal and timeless literary masterpiece. Fitzgerald writes the novel during his time, about his time, and showing the bitter deterioration of his time. A combination of the 1920s high society lifestyle and the desperate attempts to reach its illusionary goals through wealth and power creates the essence behind The Great Gatsby. Nick Carraway, the narrator, moves to a quaint neighborhood...

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Readers Response: The Great Gatsby -Plot- Exposition: When first reading The Great Gatsby it is assumed that Daisy had no clue who Gatsby is. It can be believed she has no clue who Gatsby is when she says “What Gatsby?” As the truth of Gatsby unravels the readers find out through Nick and Jordan that Gatsby had once known Daisy. Furthermore, Daisy and Gatsby had once been in love. When he left her that’s when she married Tom. Then when Gatsby comes back he wants her back and she had to choose...

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Original cover art The cover of The Great Gatsby is among the most celebrated pieces of art in American literature.[9] It depicts disembodied eyes and a mouth over a blue skyline, with the image of a naked woman reflected in the irises. A little-known artist named Francis Cugat was commissioned to illustrate the book while Fitzgerald was in the midst of writing it. The cover was completed before the novel, with Fitzgerald so enamored of it that he told his publisher he had "written it into" the...

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Industrial revolution * Scientific thoughts (facts) vs religious beliefs(faith) * Mixing of cultures and classes which brought with it whole new ways of looking at the world and perceiving reality “Cant repeat the past? Why of course you can”: Gatsby wanted to relive the past and attempt to restructure it until it was perfection rather than accept what his past actually had been and for that matter accept his life as it was. Post WWI Devastation Ulysses-james joyce Past meets future Multiple...

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“Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can” ~Jay Gatsby The latest version of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann, uses many of F Scott Fitzgerald’s original descriptions and dialogue. It respects the fact that the book is told from the point of view of Nick Carraway, cousin of Daisy, the woman who Gatsby loves. It carefully reproduces various details, such as the clock Gatsby drops when meeting Daisy again for the first time since she married Tom Buchanan five years earlier. It...

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2/28/11 Gatsby Love is underhanded. A feeling of intimacy is wonderful but conniving, it is as perishable as the bond man has to it. For every sensation of pleasure there is the feeling of devastation that appears when it is stripped away. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s dependency on the inaccessible is his demise. Gatsby is doomed from the day he left for war he left the world he loved and expected it to remain inactive in his absence, but for Daisy to remain stagnant while Gatsby progressed...

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which often last all through the night. Throughout his own life F. Scott Fitzgerald, (author of The Great Gatsby) had lived in the partying lifestyle of the roaring twenties. Many of his experiences directly relate to the novel as well as multiple characters. Having been around during the Jazz Age Fitzgerald used many of these influences in his novel, which mainly are partying, drinking and sex. Gatsby throws some of the most extravagant parties around, but fails to appear at any of them. Many townspeople...

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Gatsby’s American Dream by ANONYMOUS In the novel The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald discusses what the American dream really is and the lengths that people go to pursue it. Before World War I, the American Dream was comfortable living, a decent job, and a content family. After the war though, the nation changed along with the perception of the ideal life in America. The American Dream suddenly became an illusion, and people no longer strived for middle class, but for everything they...

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Morals and American Idealism in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a story of morals and American idealism, this being a major theme of the book, which is corrupted by using materials as its means. Nick, the narrator as well as one of the main characters of The Great Gatsby, has moved to the East coast from the West to learn the bond business. He rents a mid-sized bungalow on West Egg, where most of the other residents...

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The great Gatsby Color Symbolism essay Francis Scott Fitzgerald used color symbolism at multiple occasions throughout the book the Great Gatsby; he especially focused color symbolism around one character, Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is one of the main characters of the story and is the character Fitzgerald uses to pass on his message behind the story. The green light is one of the most reoccurring symbols throughout the book. It represents Gatsby´s obsession of being with Daisy. Fitzgerald uses the green...

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The Great Gatsby: Did Money Kill the Great? Many people claim that The Great Gatsby is the quintessential American novel. This is due to the reoccurring theme of the book of the rise and fall of the American dream. The book is very significant because of its relation to the time period in which it was written and the actual events that were taking place in the world in and around the 1920's. This period was called the "Roaring 20's" because of the economy at the time was through...

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The Great Gatsby “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald presents his audience with a novel with intricate symbolism. Nick Carroway, the protagonist, has recently moved from the Midwest to get his career started in New York. He lives on the island of West Egg the poorer side of town, across from East Egg the wealthier side of town. In East Egg are where his pompous...

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words depict the atmosphere of the great expansion and hustle of society into the new age of the 1920's. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby is a social commentary on American society in this golden age. His novel presents the betrayal of the "American Dream" through the illusion of money, materialism, and social status. Fitzgerald uses Jay Gatsby to show that The Dream of wealth and social acceptance can corrupt the most innocent of people, as Gatsby uses illegal means to obtain wealth...

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see when you pick up this book is the Title "The Great Gatsby" So already you expect Gatsby to great before you have even opened the book. As the first chapter unravels The Narrator and Gatsby's Neighbor Nick Carraway, tells us plainly that he loathes Gatsby, however by the end of the paragraph he describes Gatsby's character as "gorgeous". He also says "No Gatsby turned out alright in the end." From now we begin to wonder about how great Gatsby really is? On one hand he is "vile" because Carraway...

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THE GREAT GATSBY ESSAY “I want to write something new-something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned. Masterpieces are not accidents. Geniuses know what they are doing or trying to do. They need luck, but knowing how to use the luck is an essential element of a writer’s equipment.” This quote written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is quite phenomenal, and I agree with it 100%. It tells us a bit about Fitzgerald like he strives to make sure that the reader understands...

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Through his portrayal of the events in The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald condemns the lack of morality and spirituality during the 1920's. He portrays the 1920's as a time where society has substituted materialism and instant gratification in place of structure and spirituality. He emphasizes the society's moral blindness in many characters, including those who have money and those who lack it. The community, as a whole, refuses to condemn unlawful activity and wrongdoings. By means of the billboard in...

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The Great Gatsby The novel “The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a story about life in 1920s America. “The Great Gatsby” was written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald and became one of the greatest literary documents of this period, in which the economy prospered. It is a story told through the eyes of a young man, Nick Carraway, as he befriends his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby, and witnesses a summer of love, extramarital affairs, the...

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Katie Coleman ALC Period 3 12/19/13 Fitzgerald’s Colorful Imagination The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an ever exciting story about a trouble-some wealthy man, Jay Gatsby. He spends his life creating a rich status for myself to allure people in. Among the people his wants to in his life, is his one true love, Daisy Buchanan. Color Symbolism plays a huge roll in describing characters and lending extra meaning to inanimate objects and descriptions of society. The use...

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Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The novel begins when the main character Nick Caraway moves to a town in long island call west egg. He lives in modest home amongst extravagant mansions. His neighbor, Jay Gatsby, throws lavish parties almost every night. His cousin Daisy, and her husband tom, also lives in the west egg community. Once nick get an invite to one of Gatsby’s parties he become thirsted into the wealthy lifestyle of the people around him. In his novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald...

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The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald was written and set in the 1920's, a decade known as the "Jazz Age." Fitzgerald described it as a time when "the parties were bigger, the pace was faster, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser." 1 It was just after the 1st World War and the young generation began to rebel. The young women (known as the flappers) would have their hair styled into short bobs, would wear clothes that were much shorter than before and smoke of...

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as though rich and famous people are larger- than-life and virtually impossible to touch, almost as if they were a fantasy? In The Great Gatsby, set in two wealthy communities, East Egg and West Egg, Fitzgerald describes Gatsby as a Romantic, larger- than-life, figure by setting him apart from the common person. Fitzgerald sets Gatsby in a fantasy world that, based on illusion, is of his own making. Gatsby's possessions start to this illusion. He lives in an extremely...

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successful with a great job, home, and a family. This dream embodies The Great Gatsby who is trying to pursue the American Dream through his life. Gatsby’s dream however was corrupted because of his pursuit of wealth and the negative power of money. In Fact Gatsby is blind to know that his money cannot buy him his happiness or his love for Daisy. Most importantly it would only bring him hardship in the end. The corruption of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby is how Gatsby made his money and...

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The Great Gatsby ESSAY: The Fall of the American Dream The figurative as well as literal death of Jay Gatsby in the novel The Great Gatsby symbolizes a conclusion to the principal theme of the novel. With the end of the life of Jay Gatsby comes the end of what Fitzgerald views as the ultimate American ideal: self-made success. The intense devotion Gatsby has towards his rebirth is evident by the plans set forth in Gatsby's teenage schedule, such as "Practice elocution, poise and how to attain...

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  Charles de Montesquieu says that "to become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them". Throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby , protagonist Jay Gatsby progresses as a hero through his dedication for love, his youthful dreams, and his Christ-like persona. His passion for love reflects in his greatness; for he proves commitment, dedication, and a loving soul for others. Jay Gatsby lives the model of the American Dream in a youthful and undertaking way. Extravagance...

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unattainable; thus, one may often compromise or modify his dream in order for it to match or perhaps justify the practical. This imperfect reality generates an unattainable dream. Jay Gatsby’s disillusionment in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby permits Gatsby to imagine that which will never exist. When his reality and fantasy collide in such a way, his fantasy perishes, and additional conflicted dreams and imperfect reality ensue. Gatsby’s passion is an exercise in futility because...

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The Great Gatsby Outline I. Introduction A. Symbolism B. Thesis Statement: In the classic novel, The Great Gatsby, the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, creates a satirical work of literature that uses symbolism to point out geographical and environmental characteristics throughout the different settings of the story. II. Color A. Symbolic location of the green light. III. West Egg and East Egg A. Geological and social values portrayed IV. Valley...

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allow them the open opportunity. .. they have the desire, the toughness, the willingness to work, and the education, and then they do something with it, and it is extraordinary to see.” This illustration is demonstrated in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Gatsby, the main character, achieved success and wealth, the American Dream, by planning and working hard. He came from nothing and gained extraordinary wealth. The driving force behind his dedication was his love interest, Daisy. He...

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the train. Tom takes Nick and Myrtle to New York City, to the Morningside Heights apartment he keeps for his affair. Here they have an impromptu party with Myrtle’s sister, Catherine, and a couple named McKee. Catherine has bright red hair, wears a great deal of makeup. The group proceeds to drink excessively. Nick claims that he got drunk for only the second time in his life at this party.The ostentatious behaviour and conversation of the others at the party repulse Nick, and he tries to leave. At...

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The aim of this essay is to talk about the topic of Tom and Daisy as selfish characters in F.S.Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. First of all, Tom and Daisy are the two main important characters in the novel, among many others, so they constitute an important piece of the story. They belong to an upper-class society. They live in East Egg, the most fashionable village in Long Island. Tom comes from a wealthy Midwestern family. He is a powerful and a menacing man who intimidate not only to his wife...

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The Great Gatsby Essay “Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known" (Page 59). So writes Nick Carraway in F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby”, characterizing himself in opposition to the great masses of humanity as a perfectly honest man. The honesty that Nick attributes to himself must be a nearly perfect one, by impression of both its infrequency and its "cardinal" nature; Nick stresses...

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Taylor Tipping Critical Essay “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel in which the setting in time and place is a significant feature. In this essay I will show how the writer’s use of setting contributes to my understanding of character and theme. The novel begins with Nick Carraway. He is the narrator if this novel who is from a middle class background. Throughout the novel we make judgements from Nick’s perspective and form an opinion from his point of view. The next characters...

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The Great Gatsby The American dream is an ideal that has been present since American literature’s onset. Typically, the dreamer aspires to rise from rags to riches, while accumulating such things as love, high status, wealth, and power on his way to the top. The dream has had variations throughout different time periods, although it is generally based on ideas of freedom, self-reliance, and a desire for something greater. The early settlers’ dream of traveling out West to find land and start a family...

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