The Great Gatsby Literary Analysis Essay
F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, shows how money empowers the wealthy to have the ability to cause mayhem and disturbances, but not have responsibilities to fix it because they can hide and their wealth. Throughout The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses the idea of Modernism, the lifestyle of the Jazz Age, and the corruption of the American Dream to show the change of the tide in America during the 1920’s. Modernism was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and is based around the idea that under something great, beautiful, serene, and righteous outside there is often deceit, ugliness, and disillusionment on the inside. Nick Carraway, who the story revolves around, moves to New York to experience more of the adventurous and on the edge lifestyle that it brings. Because he isn’t very wealthy, he gives the reader an “outside looking in” perspective of the ways of life of the rich during the 1920’s. Fitzgerald’s usage of Modernism exemplifies how the luscious and luxurious lifestyles of the wealthy often have deceitfulness hidden behind their wealth. Modernism, underneath a seemingly good surface is ugliness and full of lies, causes morals to become cloudy and unclear. Modernism is also known as Wasteland Imagery, which is exemplified by the setting of the story in The Great Gatsby, for Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby live in East and West Eggs, which are the land of the wealthy, but there is also a segment of town known as The Valley of Ashes, which is the dump of New York. Gatsby’s entire life is an example of Modernism, meaning his money and luxury come from the mobs and organized crime. He also has come from modest backgrounds, for he was dirt poor in Minnesota, but he gains wealth at first to live that resembles his mentor, Dan Cody, which later turns into a way to obtain Daisy’s love.