Essay On The Great Gatsby

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I believe that The Great Gatsby was the most influential of the two books that we were to read. My reasoning behind this is simple: both the future and the past cannot be changed, but at least from the past, lessons can be learned. Although the future that Anthem lays on the table is intriguing, the way that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel weaves together the perks and flaws of human nature as it correlates to the turbulent 1920s in America, is fantastic. The main characters of The Great Gatsby are interesting and complex. First, there is Nick Carraway, who is both involved in and narrates the story. Although key to many events, Nick tends to assume a secondary role throughout the book. Also, the progression of inner conflict in this book is…show more content…
Each of the locations in the novel, including West Egg, East Egg, the valley of ashes, and New York City, corresponds to a particular theme or type of character encountered in the story. West Egg is like Gatsby, garish and extravagant, who symbolizes the emergence of the new rich in the 1920s. East Egg is like Tom and Daisy, whom are wealthy and have social status, which symbolizes the old aristocracy. The valley of ashes is like George Wilson, desolate, and without hope, symbolizing the moral decay of American society. And then there is New York City, which is chaos, and in which Nick sees the “quality of distortion” that he frequently speaks of (Great Books: The Great Gatsby. 2003). All of these things lead up to one of the main themes of The Great Gatsby: the spirit of the 1920s, combined with the conflict between social classes. A symbol of this is Jay Gatsby himself, in both his personality and how he changes throughout the course of the story in the same fashion that America does during the 1920s. He seems to be putting on a show, composing a character out of himself that is defined by the rich things he owns to impress Daisy. This is exactly like the trend of Consumptionism that ran rapid throughout the Eastern United Sates in the 1920s. (Great Books: The Great Gatsby.
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