The Great Gatsby Quotes

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Characters Gatsby * Has unsuccessful parents. * has selfish fantasies about daisy * is obsessed with the past and progress to the future. * Daisy reps. what he wants to be but can never obtain * He becomes the victim of the American Dream. * He’s in bootlegging, gambling and financial fraud. Daisy * Reps. old money, elite class * her voice sounds like money * the colour yellow and gold * white? she’s not so innocent * She is a warning * She is shallow, ignorant, self-absorbed, not maternal * Doesn’t want to talk about serious topics. Nick * is seduced into a false world * Materialism, individualism, loss of morality * His view of the…show more content…
* Gatsby has not achieved his wealth through honest hard work, but through bootlegging and crime. His money is not simply ‘new money’- it is dirty money, earned through dishonesty and crime. * his wealth lifestyle is little more than a façade, as is the whole person Jay Gatsby. * The society in which the novel takes place is one of moral decadence. Whether their money is inherited or earned, its inhabitant are morally decadent, living life in quest of cheap thrills and with no seeming moral purposes to their lives. Any person who attempts to move up through the social classes becomes corrupt in the process. * Fitzgerald explores much more than the failure of the American dream- he is more deeply concerned with its total corruption. * In the final pages of the novel, the sweep of American history is alluded to in the landscape itself, as Nick is about to leave the Long Island. The fresh, virginal country that “Dutch sailors” first saw is evoked, reinforcing the magic of American promise. This promise has been tragically betrayed. The ideals that five meaning to American life are illusions, but Americans strive for them…show more content…
* Characters find other ways to determine their behavior: a father’s advice, or a self-serving mantra, a jaded viewpoint, or an undying love. * The only god that exists take the form of billboard, perhaps suggesting that capitalism rules where religion once did. Race * Jokes are made about the African Americans they see in the car. * the men did the same thing as Gatsby. They have reinvented themselves yet Nick sneers at them while admiring Gatsby. * The men cannot hide their past the same way Gatsby can. NOTES Weather/Seasons * Pathetic fallacy: giving initimate objects, animals, and weather, human thought and feeling. It also used when the weather reps. the mood/feelings of the character and/or plot. * Examples: * Gatsby and Daisy’s reunion: Spring * Gatsby and Toms fight: Summer * Gatsby’s Death: Fall Geography * Places rep. different facets of American society in the 1920’s. * Examples: * East egg= old money * West egg= newly money * The valley of ashes= working class * New york city= the unrestrained, immoral pursuit of wealth and
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