Etienne De Leon Professor Prietas R. English III 2/27/2014 The Great Ambition Dream, love, and unreachable- pretty depressing concepts. You see them in life, witness them in action, and notice how many people suffer. They long for love, and their dreams, but to some, such ideas are unreachable. Although, to others it may be more mental thoughts of pessimism, but the rest, they literally can’t reach for their goals. In the novel “The Great Gatsby”, we meet a wealthy mysterious man named Gatsby.
Although ‘The Great Gatsby’ initially appears to be a love story, depicting the struggle that Daisy and Gatsby go through for their love, it, in fact, encompasses a much less romantic theme: the American dream. It is often interpreted that Gatsby represents America and the Daisy represents his own ‘American dream.’ Throughout the book, Daisy serves as an unattainable fantasy to Gatsby. Even when they meet and their love becomes apparent, it is not possible for them to be truly together due to the presence of Tom, Daisy’s husband. This is an idea that is most clearly represented in the image of Gatsby, when we first meet him, looking out to the green light at the end of the dock. This green light is what he can see of Daisy’s house and serves as an aim, a motive for Gatsby.
Ethan, while he is flawed, is also a victim of circumstance The tiny town of Starkfield, Massachusetts, formed the backdrop for Edith Wharton’s novel Ethan Frome, an intense novel that moves the ill-starred trio of main characters towards their tragic destinies. Of the main characters, the eponymous Ethan Frome is flawed, both physically and in lack of ability to communicate with everybody. Undoubtedly, however, misfortune and circumstance riddled Ethan’s world: crushing his dreams of becoming an engineer and restricting him to a life in Starkfield. Described through the eyes of the omniscient narrator, Ethan was a man whose “lameness checked each step like a jerk of a chain” and who seldom interacted with the townspeople. Highlighted within the opening two pages, Ethan’s flaws (both physical and of character) made him quite a distinguishable character in Starkfield and whilst everyone “gave him a greeting,” his taciturnity was respected and it was only on “rare occasions” that anyone ever stopped him for a word.
Matthew Romero Mr. Jackson English 3 Period 3 December 12, 2011 F. Scott Fitzgerald seen in his novel “You don’t write something because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say”(Fitzgerald). In the novel “The Great Gatsby” author F. Scott Fitzgerald tends to write closely related similarities between himself and Jay Gatsby expressing inner thoughts and emotions within his real life. Fitzgerald was Gatsby in many ways such as they both rose to power and fame in their time periods; they both pursued the woman of their dreams just to lose her in the end, and taking similar paths of life ending up where they finished their journeys. It’s easy to say that Fitzgerald did indeed pull significant experiences
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.
Scott Fitzgerald offers a unique and creative perspective about dreams, wealth and time and how they were perceived and valued in the 1920's. The book personifies the lack of moral values of society and how that lack can lead to increased greed and obsession. Dreams, though they may seem bold and beautiful, are not reliable and do have an expiration date. In addition, time and wealth are not things to be played with as they can do more harm than good. Finally, Fitzgerald's novel shows the reader how even the most heroic and "great" characters can suffer a tragic and unsettling demise if they are not
Also the use off an oxymoron "restless silence" foreshadows the tragedy that is to come. Larkin presents loss off time with the adverbs "never", "all day", "domesday", "past", "lasting" and "leaving" these adverbs represent the negative impact of war and how time passed so fast. Larkin places capitals at the beginning off line, this reinforces authorities power at he beginning of the war, and how they had such a massive impact on people's loss of lives. Larkin uses both poetic devices and language devices technically through out his poem, all of these devices highlight the impact off war and the extreme losses people had
Karma comes back to deal with all the immoral people and their actions. Tom lost his mistress, George Wilson lost his temper, and Gatsby is paid the ultimate price, his life. Gatsby’s American dream was attained the immoral way and he was only living for pleasure and in the moment. His dream of high social status, wealth, and his past love ultimately leads to his
Additionally, these kinds of books could be classified as travelling writings because of its events take place in more than one place. Philosophers also argued that the importance of Candide lays in its philosophical message which is ‘Optimism’. Voltaire who wrote this novel was not believed of the philosophy of Optimism and strongly attacked the supporters
This term in literature concerns with the impacts and traces that aftermath colonization and its manifestation in literary works. There are many controversial attitudes about Joseph Conrad thoughts regarding the ideas of colonization; according to Edward Said Conrad "writes as a man in whom a Western view of the non-Western world is so ingrained as to blind him to other histories, other cultures, other aspirations" (2). He also goes on to say: Conrad does not give us the sense that he could imagine a fully realized imperialism: the natives he wrote