Themes And Motifs Of The Great Gatsby

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Exploring The Similarities In Themes, Symbols, and Motifs Of Both “The Great Gatsby” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” Fitzgerald’s novel was published in 1927 and Williams’ play in 1947. Their views are affected by the difference in time, and yet there is a surprising amount of similarity between each writer’s use of themes, symbols, and motifs. Both texts observe the decline of the “old world” and the rise of the “new world” in relation to the decline and reawakening of the American dream. There is also much focus on a class conscious American society. The novel seems to be celebrating the energy of those looking for the American dream in the person of the main protagonist, Jay Gatsby. The novel is set in the post First World War period; a time in which Americans reflected back to their old European roots, as did Gatsby and Tom Buchanan. This time of change shows the decline of the American dream. Corruption seems to pervade both the old and the new worlds of America’s east coast. However, The Great Gatsby seems to be celebrating the energy of those seeking the American dream in the person of the main protagonist; the romantic and wealthy, but vulgar and criminal Jay Gatsby. If Nick Carraway can be considered authorial, then his admiration for Gatsby’s ability to reinvent himself and to be borne along by a romantic passion is a reflection of Fitzgeralds admiration for the strength of the new world. The play, in contrast, shows the excitement and evolution of the American dream, and the decline of the old world, especially because it is set after the end of the second world war, when there was a high level of patriotism amongst Americans. It shows the inevitability of the demise of the old world along with its old traditions, represented by Blanche Dubois, and the rise of the
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