With affairs scattered throughout, Nick shirking any responsibility to “a girl back west” and the recklessness of “bad drivers”, it is a musing on the apparent disintegration of any moral fibre within society. With many American’s feeling alienated and apathy after the horror of WW1, Fitzgerald’s work certainly captures the reactive spirit of recklessness and frivolity as many felt that they “had been everywhere and done everything”. The lavish parties of Gatsby, which encapsulate so effectively the “caterwauling” and velocity of such fast living, suggest the seductive nature of money, but ultimately the “empty house” and the absence at the final funeral highlights the vacuous nature of such
Thesis: The discovery of one’s true self of the inability to accept one’s true self has consequences. Proven: Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby’s lives take unhappy turns. Nick in searching for a better /new life goes back home and Gatsby dies Arguments: Unhealthy obsession with the wealth and status of east eggers, distorted self image, moral neglect BODY Unhealthy obsession with the wealth and status of east eggers Idea 1  Gatsby: he uses wealth as a tool because he is pining for daisy, an East egger. He thought up a a life story and acquired wealth in hopes to be accepted in status among the east eggers, all in hopes of being good enough for Daisy Idea 2 Nick: he is attracted to the fast-paced, fun-driven
Her carelessness and lack of morals shines through towards the end of the novel when Nick rings to inform Daisy of Gatsby’s death, he discovers that she has “packed up and left”. One of the most powerful symbols in the novel is the sorrowful eyes of Dr T.J Eckleburg. We glimpse his eyes on a billboard located in The Valley of Ashes, frowning upon the dead and decaying valley. Seeing America as a moral wasteland. The eyes symbolize the eyes of God, looking down on the remains of a rotting society, “But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days, under sun and rain”.
On one level The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald comments on the careless gaiety and moral decadence of the period in which it was set. It contains innumerable references to the contemporary scene. The wild extravagance of Gatsby's parties, the shallowness and aimlessness of the guests and the hint of Gatsby's involvement in crime all identify the period and the American setting. But as a piece of social commentary The Great Gatsby also describes the failure of the American dream, from the point of view that American political ideals conflict with the actual social conditions that exist. For whereas American democracy is based on the idea of equality among people, the truth is that social discrimination still exists and the divisions among the classes cannot be overcome.
Tom cries “like a baby” because he feels remorse for lying and cheating on his wife. This quote shows how people’s views on material items have blinded them from true happiness. The characters in the Great Gatsby represent the sentiment of America during the Roaring 20’s with the goal of attempting to gain the lavish life style dominated by materialism called the “American Dream” and materialism is evil because it engrosses the heart of Americans blinding them from authentic bliss.
Rejection of a person who is infallible in favor for a person who is flawed and alienated i. Paragraph 1 1. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald demonstrates the modernist emphasis in favoring of a person who is alienated. 2. During the Nick and Gatsby’s lunch, Gatsby introduces Wolfsheim to Nick. Wolfsheim is an old man, who is a criminal for fixing the 1919 World Series.
He again uses high society families to show changes occurring in society through two other novels, This Side of Paradise and Tender Is the Night. They both take place in the twenties when all everyone was worried about was wealth. Fitzgerald shows this greed in This Side of Paradise when Rosalind won’t marry Amory because he has little money. He also shows in Tender Is the Night how people got away with about anything just because they had money. Fitzgerald looks at the American Dream realistically and sees it can be wonderful yet depressing at the same time.
Her life is like his life, her emotions and reactions determine his own emotions and reactions. He grew up to be as careless as Daisy is. When Daisy and Gatsby kill Myrtle towards the end of the novel, all Gatsby cares about is what Daisy is going to feel about the murder and nothing else. His carelessness about the future as a young, ambitious man leads to the eventual downfall of himself, and along with him the American Dream. Jay Gatsby’s death at the end of the novel portrayed that there is no way possible to attain the American Dream, even any regular dream.
He is later killed by a man who is sent by Tom. Towards the end of the novel, Nick runs into them as they are leaving for a long vacation, and finally realizes how truly ruthless and greedy Tom and Daisy are: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made...” (Fitzgerald, 179). Nick doesn’t seem to have any desire to talk to them again, due to what they had done to Gatsby. He also doesn’t think it is fair of Daisy to, after all that Gatsby had gone through to show Daisy that he loved her, she wanted absolutely nothing to do with him after his death. She did not so much as send flowers or a sympathy card.
However in Gatsby’s adult reality he becomes a criminal to make his fortune, in hopes to win Daisy's affection. Gatsby did complete the American dream, however he accomplished the one of the 1920s.He took advantage of the fact that in that time period the American economy was booming and it was easy to become rich. This choice was not honorable and leads to him solely interacting with criminal, making his life even less meaningful. Gatsby threw many parties to maybe have daisy stop by one of the once and although they may have been amazing parties where people used to go “by hundreds” (Fitzgerald, pg.175) it only resulted in him making unmeaningful friendships which are exposed when no one shows up to his funeral, expect for nick, owl eyes and Mr.gatz. Nick says “asked him to wait for half an hour, but it wasn’t any use.