Why Is The Great Gatsby Important

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The Great Gatsby “So we beat on, boats against the current , borne back ceaselessly into the past” just about captures the wonder and excitement of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. There is so much that can be said about such a significant book to America’s development and history. The Great Gatsby takes place in Long Island during the roaring twenties. A place called West Egg and East egg separated by wealth, class and the Valley of Ashes. Our narrator is a young Nick Carraway, making the transition into the big city. He makes his move to the West Egg side, where he luckily (or not so luckily) happens to make his home right next to Jay Gatsby. The story also follows a wealthy and well loved, Daisy Buchanan who is married to Tom…show more content…
One of these symbols, and really the most important, is the eyes of Dr. T.J Eckleburg. These eyes hang on a billboard in the Valley of Ashes, separating east from west, new wealth from old wealth and seeing everything everyone does. The eyes represent judgement in the 1920's. During the 1920's, most people just had assumptions about others, which led to people being shunned or taken advantage of. One of the most extreme example in this case, would be Gatsby himself. In the end of the story, when Gatsby is murdered, the proof of judgement is shown when only Nick arrives to his funeral. Dr. T.j Eckleburg's eyes hang over the life of the twenties, watching everyone who makes mistakes or maybe even, kills someone. If Eckleburg could have just spoken out in Gatsby’s behalf, when Tom lied to George Wilson about his affair or when Daisy never spoke up about driving, then the world that Fitzgerald created would still have the great Gatsby that was as hopeful as anyone could be. Eckleburg knows the truth, and he sees it all. And that is what was really needed in the 20's, a voice of truth. Especially in Gatsby’s world. He lived in a never ending, perfectly planned fantasy, based off of just one kiss. The world of the 1920’s was full of freedom and hope, and Gatsby is another perfectly placed symbol in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. There are an exponential amount of ways Gatsby symbolizes the 1920’s as a whole, he was glamour and wealth and scandal and never ending hope. That was the attitude of American people. So once again, in conclusion F. Scott Fitzgerald prospered at capturing that certain essence that the twenties illuminated

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