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  • Great Gatsby - 710 words
    Great Gatsby Thesis: F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Nick Carraway in the Great Gatsby to analyze pride and its effects in a mans life. I. Nick tells the reader about his background and family history. II. Nick Carraways interactions between the many characters in the novel show a reflection of pride. A. Interactions between Tom and Nick show examples of pride. B. Interactions between Gatsby and Nick show examples of pride. C. Interactions between other minor characters show pride throughout the novel. III. Discussions arise that give Nick certain biased or critical opinions, these opinions reflect his pride and other peoples opinions reflect it as well. A. Discussions about money and other financi ...
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  • Great Gatsby - 985 words
    Great Gatsby Defined by a book of current literary terms, a climax is "the arrangement of a series of ideas or expressions in ascending order of importance or emphasis; the last term of the arrangement; a culmination." Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald during the roaring 20's, The Great Gatsby provides a look into the upper class circle of the East and West Villages of New York City. Known as East and West Egg in the novel, Fitzgerald, through the eyes of bachelor, portrays a cynical view of the high social society and the morality which it lacks. This scarcity of ethics ultimately causes the downfall of their hollow world in a clatter of broken hearts and mislead minds. The climax of The Great ...
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  • Great Gatsby - 579 words
    Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby paints the picture of the way life was in the twenties. This society has the characteristics of an egotist and one who pays no attention the character of themselves. Fitzgerald's style influences the reader to portray this era as a carefree "do what feels good" society. However, Fitzgerald introduces the countless number of tragedies that take place. Through diction, imagery, and details Fitzgerald creates a morose tone. The writer evokes the reader's feelings through particular words and their meanings. In the phrase, ". . . I began to look involuntarily out the window for other cars," the word involuntarily grabs the reader. This phrase makes the reader feel m ...
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  • Great Gatsby - 692 words
    Great Gatsby The more things change, the more they stay the same "The Times They are a-Changin, or so 60's singer/songwriter Bob Dylan thought. But have we really matured enough as people to say that racism and prejudice are no longer words in the English vocabulary? Most people like to think so, but the facts paint a different picture. The novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald can be used to illustrate these points. In the mid-20's, when American author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby, it was common to use words to describe African American people that today would be seen as offensive and degrading. Mainly the sole purpose of using such words were to depict African Amer ...
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  • Great Gatsby - 890 words
    Great Gatsby Doesnt it always seem 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. Gatsbys possessions start to this illusion. He lives in an extremely lavish mansion. "It is a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than fo ...
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  • Great Gatsby - 1,465 words
    Great Gatsby For centuries, men and women from all over the world have seen in America a place where they could realize their dreams. We each dream our own American Dream. For some it is a vision of material prosperity, for others it can be a feeling of secure and safe. It can be the dream of setting goals. It can be about social justice, as Martin Luther King Jr. gave the speech of I have a dream, says In spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are crea ...
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  • Great Gatsby - 1,900 words
    Great Gatsby Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, grew up in an upper-middle class family where he enjoyed the traditions of the upper classes, but not the financial ability to uphold those practices. Fitzgerald acquired his fame, almost overnight, with the publication of his first book, This Side of Paradise, in 1920. His extensive career began with the writing of stories for mass-circulation magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post. That same year, he married Zelda Sayre, who later became one his major influences on his writing, along with literature, Princeton, and alcohol. In the summer of 1924, Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby, a novel about the American dream ...
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  • Great Gatsby - 744 words
    Great Gatsby Why did Daisy choose Tom in the end? In the novel "The Great Gatsby", Daisy Buchanan was faced with an enormous decision. She had to choose between Tom; her husband and Jay Gatsby; her lover. Gatsby seemed to be the ideal man of his time. Fabulously wealthy, handsome, charismatic and intriguing, he seemed to be able to offer everything a woman could want. All he wanted in return was Daisys complete unconditional love. Tom, on the other hand could offer Daisy money, security and freedom. Ultimately Daisy chose the latter. The roaring 20s was an era of total decadence. The first World War had ended and industry was booming. People were becoming millionaires overnight. There seemed ...
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  • Great Gatsby - 699 words
    Great Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, is based on the dreams of a man named Jay Gatsby. Throughout the novel, it is suggested to the reader that Gatsby is a symbol for America. He represents the possibilities of life on a level at which the material and the spiritual have been confused (Bewley 11). Gatsby's dreams, lifestyle and sense of morality represent an American vision of life at which the reality ends and an illusion begins. First, to be an American means to have dreams. Gatsby is a dreamer, just like may Americans. All his dreams are based on one factor, Daisy Buchanan. Most Americans, achieve their goal only we they are free. Anthony Burgess suggests that "Freedom ...
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  • Great Gatsby American Dream - 1,042 words
    Great Gatsby American Dream The American Dream Since July 4, 1776 Americans have had the opportunity to pursue whatever they can think of. This has given the people the opportunity to become whatever they want. A person who works hard can become successful; this is what the American Dream is centered around. A person who is a hard worker and persistent can reach any goal he strives for. The American Dream changed as America did. People became more and more infatuated with possessions. The characters in F. Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby each work for their own American Dream. Jay Gatsby, the central character of the novel, has worked from nothing to become a very successful man. Jay ...
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  • Great Gatsby And American Dream - 1,029 words
    Great Gatsby And American Dream Picture this, a person graduates from high school with honors, goes to college and graduates at the top of his/her class. After college, he/she is offered a job in the field he/she wants with an annual salary of about $400,000 a year. He/she marries the person of his/her dreams, has two children and moves into a large, elegant house. Forty years later that person retires with a pension and lives the rest of his/her life in luxury. This is the American Dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald had this dream and worked his entire life to fulfill it, with no avail. Fitzgerald was a sensitive young man who idolized wealth and luxury. He fell in love with a beautiful young woman ...
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  • Great Gatsby And American Dream - 987 words
    ... distribution increased their share of the national income. Labors share of the national income did not rise at all, and workers suffered from unemployment. By implication, then, the decade differed little from earlier ones (431). This shows why George Wilson and others like him remain in a slump and do not prosper in business, whereas people like Tom Buchanan, have an increase in their yearly earnings. It almost seems that the statement; "hard work does not always equal success" was a false statement in the 20s. If a person only looks at the top five percent of the income bracket, they may be right. However, if a person were to look at the other ninety-five percent, this person would se ...
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  • Great Gatsby And American Dream - 1,003 words
    Great Gatsby And American Dream In the novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author incorporates the aspect of the American Dream to develop the story. The American Dreams goals embody the story to show how one can attempt to put effort into accomplishing ones aspirations in life. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald gives various examples of different characters so called American Dream. Some characters are able to achieve their goal and others are not able to accomplish their goal. From beginning to end Fitzgerald shows how this concept of the American Dream is accomplished and failed by the characters in the story line. Daisy and Tom are two characters whose dreams portray to be ...
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  • Great Gatsby And Citizen Kane - 1,126 words
    Great Gatsby And Citizen Kane The United States of America is the most powerful, wealthy, and attractive country in the world. The varieties of class, individuality, religion, and race are a few of the enrichments within the "melting pot" of our society. The blend of these numerous diversities is the crucial ingredient to our modern nation. Even though America has been formed upon these diversities, its inhabitants- the "average American"- have a single thing in common; a single idea; a single goal; the American Dream. The Dream consists of a seemingly simple concept; success. Americans dream of a successful marriage, family, successful job, and own a Victorian-style home with a white picket ...
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  • Great Gatsby And Citizen Kane - 1,160 words
    ... alistic possessions and felt more empty than she had before. "Money doesn't meananything! You never give me anything you really care about!" After enduring a shocking realization that what she thought wanted in life wasn't at all what she really wanted, she began to realize that the single thing she did want, she knew she couldn't have- not from Charles at least. Charles Foster Kane was seemingly capable of almost anything- except love, for he was never taught how to love. The one thing he loved- his parents (who made weak efforts to return love to their own son) abandoned The intangible bond that is crucial between a mother and her son was attempted by Charles, but was not returned by h ...
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  • Great Gatsby And Ethan Frome - 566 words
    Great Gatsby And Ethan Frome The attempt to capture the American dream is a theme in many novels, and that is no exception when it comes to The Great Gatsby and Ethan Frome. Jay Gatsby, the central figure in The Great Gatsby, had the American dream that he could acquire happiness through wealth and power. Ethan Frome, the main character in the Edith Wharton novel Ethan Frome, is a man who wants to acquire happiness through his marriage with Zeena. Ethan Frome and Jay Gatsby both had fates that would come true later in the novel. These two novels are very similar in many ways. One similarity in the novels is that both men, Jay Gatsby and Ethan Frome, lived in a world of silence. Jay once had ...
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  • Great Gatsby And Fall Of American Dream - 1,134 words
    Great Gatsby And Fall Of American Dream The book 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald was an 'icon of its time.' The book discusses topics that were important, controversial and interesting back in 1920's America. The novel is 'an exploration of the American Dream as it exists in a corrupt period of history.' The main themes in the book are the decay of morals and values and the frustration of a 'modern' society. The Great Gatsby describes the decay of the American Dream and the want for money and materialism. This novel also describes the gap between the rich and the poor (Gatsby and the Wilsons, West Egg and the Valley of the Ashes) by comparing the differences between the Western Uni ...
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  • Great Gatsby And Fitzgerald Dream - 568 words
    Great Gatsby And Fitzgerald Dream The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is set in 1922 in the New York City area. It is about the American Dream and those who attempt to reach its illusionary goals. Jay Gatsby acquires the wealth and the power of his dream but not the happiness. We have to wonder why F. Scott Fitzgerald would write such a book. Was it to reflect the society of the 1920's: where either you had money and the dream, or you were poor and lived amongst the ashes. You could have the chance of being like the phoenix and rising out of the ashes like the character Jay. This dream is different for different people. In The Great Gatsby, for Jay, the dream is that through we ...
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  • Great Gatsby And Jazz Times - 627 words
    Great Gatsby And Jazz Times In his Jazz Age novel, The Great Gatsby, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald portrays society as snobs who bask in the wealth of the age. The novel was written in the heart of the Jazz Age and depicts it flawlessly. After World War I, many companies that had been making war supplies returned to creating their unique products. (ELCO) "The Jazz Age was a time of prosperity, but also a time of many downfalls. It was an era of change ... a time when people began to do what they wanted to do instead of following social norms." (ELCO) This caused industry to "boom", and the economy accelerated with frightening speed. Some people became very wealthy, and in Fitzgerald's novel, ...
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  • Great Gatsby And Life And Loves Of Devil - 1,269 words
    Great Gatsby And Life And Loves Of Devil Fay Weldons The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, and F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby, the main characters, Ruth and Gatsby, go through a process of re-inventing themselves. Each character tries to change themselves so they can, in some way, improve their lives. Though each character tries to re-invent themselves, both of their reasons for doing so are completely different. The characters may have different reasons for changing themselves, but both end up almost in the same spot. In The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, Ruth is the character that goes through the transformation. After being cheated on by her husband, Bobbo, ridiculed by him in front o ...
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