The Great Gatsby Shame Analysis

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The truth in mental health lies somewhere between the shameless 20’s and the shameful war. As Americans we are taught to think that anything that has to do with the word shame is negative because the dictionary definition of the word shame means “the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable.” But shame can also mean “disgrace; ignominy.” More often than not shame is used when one would say they were a disgrace, which is why shame is always used when one wants to say something negative. In The Great Gatsby Scott Fizgerald redefines the word shame through the book, just like Tim O’Brien does in the “Things They Carried”. In the Great Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald argues that the word shameless should be redefined as careless. The Great Gatsby was at the time of the Roaring 20s where everything was new and if you were wealthy the world was basically your playground, if you were wealthy you didn’t really have much shame in what you did because you knew you could probably have someone else clean up the mess you made…show more content…
This book was all about Vietnam and to most people Vietnam is really known as the war that we shouldn’t of been in, in the first place in short terms The war shameful war. This war was not like any other wars when the Vietnam soldiers came home they weren’t not treated with respect they were shamed for even going and fighting for it. "My conscience told me to run, but some irrational and powerful force was resisting, like a weight pushing me toward the war. What it came down to, stupidly, was a sense of shame." Chapter 4, pg. 52. This quote is interesting because he wanted to go to war because he didn’t want to feel shame but in reality the citizens of the U.S made him and the rest of the soldiers feel shameful for going into the war. Tim O’Brien uses satire in this quote to show how this one character felt about this

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