Explore Love Blindly: From Gatsby to Midsummer to Enduring Love.

One of the main themes prevalent throughout years of literature is the way in which love is portrayed between characters; particularly in the sense that love makes us blind to the truth, leading us to act irrationally. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby centres on Jay Gatsby’s infatuation with Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby’s character instils Daisy … Read more

Idealisation of love: The Great Gatsby & Wuthering Heights

When something is idealised, it is seen as being ‘perfect’ and above reality. It is put on a pedestal above everything else, and is used as a means to achieve happiness. Both novels – The Great Gatsby, written by F.Scott Fitzgerald and Wuthering Heights, written by Emily Brontë explore the idealisation of love itself, a … Read more

History Shapes Literature: Exploring the Relationship in The Great Gatsby

 Shaping History and Literature As of today, there’s still a controversial subject on whether history shapes literature, or whether literature shapes history. Much like the argument of which came first, the chicken or the egg? There’s no right or wrong answer to the subject, people would just have to pick what they believe in … Read more

Gender Conflict & Social Conformity in F. Scott Fitzgerald & Jeffrey Eugenides’s Works

 Fitzgerald and Eugenides utilise the characterisation of Jordan and Cecilia in order to represent the confining nature of societal conformity, and the social paradox it creates. Both female antagonists suffer a sense of identity loss, as the pressure to compromise their own beliefs and to settle down is an expected concession. Fitzgerald narrates this … Read more

Analyzing The Great Gatsby: Social Class Divide & Hierarchy in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Novel

 A Summarization of Literary and analysis of The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby demonstrates the divide in social class and the hierarchy even within the wealthiest section of the population. The Great Gatsby, a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is set in the 1920s, is predominantly based on the American Dream, and the … Read more

Gender Norms in The Great Gatsby – Why Conformity Is Rewarded & Nonconformity Punished

 Does breaking societal gender norms mean reward and praise or ultimately punishment? Exploring this question, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby illustrates the life of Jay Gatsby, a personable yet mysterious man with a hidden agenda, and the various characters enveloped within his story: Tom Buchanan, the egoistic and wealthy socialite, Daisy Buchanan, the … Read more

Fitzgerald & Williams’ Impact on Society in their Novels

 The Intertwining’s of Society to The Author Throughout history and even today, many authors have analyzed the impact that society has on a character, or they have used a specific character to explain the troubles within the society of their respective time. F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925, and two decades … Read more

Key characters: To Kill a Mockingbird / The Great Gatsby / Jane Eyre / Hamlet

To Kill a Mockingbird Boo Radley is a secondary character that plays a significant role within the novel: To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel is indeed about killing a Mockingbird in a symbolic sense, in which, Boo Radley represents the mockingbird mentioned in the book’s title, while the children of Maycomb, Alabama do the hunting. … Read more

The explanation of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

The explanation of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby has two key problems like delusion and actuality. Fitzgerald showed how delusion represents Jay Gatsby as a young American dreamer. “Because Gatsby places all his hope for happiness in Daisy and what it takes to get such a girl he is ultimately ruined by his … Read more

Wuthering Heights (1847) and The Great Gatsby (1925): social class

Wuthering Heights (1847) and The Great Gatsby (1925) both examine the difficulties introduced when a member of a lower social class approaches the dominant social class. Fitzgerald introduces Daisy Fay (a girl from a rich upper class family) and Jay Gatsby (an ex soldier who was raised in an impoverished neighbourhood in North Dakota), following … Read more

Narrative techniques in Pride & Prejudice/The Great Gatsby: heroism in the protagonists

Through analysing the narrative techniques used by Austen in Pride and Prejudice, and Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby we develop a true sense of heroism in the protagonists, Darcy and Gatsby. Jay Gatsby, the hero of The Great Gatsby is a mysterious representation of wealth and status living in West Egg, Long Island, in the … Read more

Religion and gender in The Great Gatsby and The Merchant of Venice

Through texts, we are enriched by a multiplicity of human experiences instigating our own consciousness, and those of others. As composers and scholars of literature, we are able to understand the way texts are created and the way in which the creation of literary worlds are able to reflect and represent our own, allowing composers … Read more

Marx's Influence in "The Great Gatsby

 Within the following paragraphs I will analyze the use of Marxism in ‘The Great Gatsby”. While reading this book through a marxist critical lens, I discovered that many examples in the text work together to show the Marxist theory, of how everything relates back to wealth and financial status, reflecting on the economic experiences … Read more

The Great Gatsby

Nick is a middle class citizen, who is the narrator of the novel. He is described as a very observant character, who hears the secrets of others. For example, at the beginning of the novel as Nick’s father talked to him, he stated “reverse all judgement”(1). Fitzgerald reveals that Nick holds back judgement and is … Read more

Great Gatsby and the American Dream

Each characters unique view on  the American dream is what makes this an intriguing topic. Even though they each had differing perspectives on the idea, their goal was simple: achieve success, prosperity, and accomplish a set goal. I definitely align with you on Gatsby’s view on the American Dream. Gatsby’s love for Daisy was always … Read more

Analysis of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby

Many people believe that money is the answer to all problems, that money equals happiness. The American Dream, to start with nothing and through hard work and determination achieve wealth and happiness. This is evident in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jay Gatsby certainly believes in the American Dream and that … Read more

F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Brief Biography and the Message of His Novel "The Great Gatsby" 

 Assignment Draft (WIP) 1. Author’s name: 2. Author’s nationality and family/cultural background: 3. Age author was when the novel was written: 4. Genre of this novel: 5. Other novels this author wrote: 6. What has been said throughout history about their writing? 7. Were they controversial? After reading: 8. Summarise the plot in 100 … Read more

The Great Gatsby: F.Scott Fitzgerald’s Critique of the American Dream

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about one man’s obsession and failure to attain the American dream. Throughout the story, we watch as the character, Jay Gatsby, a man who aspired to achieve wealth and a position among America’s richest to win the heart of his true love Daisy Fay, fail. … Read more

Personality, Setting, Narrator & Theme of "The Great Gatsby"

Character: Describe the personality of the main character. What is    he/she like? What is his/her goal, strength, weakness?  Who are his/her helper and adversary? The main character is Nick Carraway. He is born in Minnesota, and after studying at Yale, he moves Long Island. He is a very good listener; therefore people tend to trust … Read more

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – jazz music in chapter 3

In 1931, James Truslow Adams published the first definition of the American Dream. It describes it as the dream of a land in which life should be better, richer, and fuller for everyone. It also talks of opportunity for all, according to ability or achievement. This dream, however, was not a new invention. Since America’s … Read more

The suffering caused by the carelessness of the upper class in the Great Gatsby

The suffering caused by the carelessness of the upper class in the Great Gatsby In the roaring 20’s the upper class lived in West Egg. The Buchanan’s wealth is old money. Tom and Daisy Buchanan are careless people who use thier money to get away from their problems. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby … Read more

Dreams and illusions in the Great Gatsby,

In The Great Gatsby, dreams and illusions epitomized and personified a paralysis between two realities: between an irrevocable past and a transitory future. Arguably a blessing and a curse, such dreams and illusions are born from yearnings, pursuits, and dissatisfactions. Also part of two worlds, worlds that are mavericks to governing dualities like light and … Read more

Jay Gatsby as a pathetic character

Pathetic is a term used to describe someone who is pitifully unsuccessful. Success is not necessarily measured in wealth or fame, but it is measured by how much one has accomplished in life. A successful person is one who has set many goals for himself and then goes out in life and accomplishes some of … Read more

The Great Gatsby – differences and similarities between film and book

After reading the book, and watching the film there are many differences and similarities that I was able to determine. One of the major differences between both of the works is the meeting between Jay Gatsby, protagonist, and Nick Carraway, narrator. However, the similarities were much more substantial than differences. Gatsby and Nick met at … Read more

How The Great Gatsby Uses Driving to Show Class, Reckless Living and Quest for Identity

 For close to a century, cars have been the preferred method of transportation. However, cars and driving have also been a symbol of one’s character, personality, and social status. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald tells a story about a millionaire, by the name of Jay Gatsby, and his one goal: … Read more

Break Gender Norms for Failure or Reward? Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby Exposes Disparity

 Does breaking societal gender norms mean reward and praise or ultimately punishment? Exploring this question, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby illustrates the life of Jay Gatsby, a personable yet mysterious man with a hidden agenda, and the various characters enveloped within his story: Tom Buchanan, the egoistic and wealthy socialite, Daisy Buchanan, the … Read more

Analyzing Upper Class Critique in The Great Gatsby Using Weather and Colors

 How does F. Scott Fitzgerald critique the upper class in The Great Gatsby by using the motif of weather and the symbolization of color throughout? English Word Count:   Table of Contents Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………… 2 Argument Motif of Weathers……………………………………………………………………………….. 5 Symbolism of Colors ……………………………………………………………………………7 Conclusion ………………………………………………………………………………………12 Bibliography …………………………………………………………………………………….14 INTRODUCTION The purpose of this essay … Read more

Dive into the Roaring 20s and Great Depression in F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby

     The 1920's was a time of economic and cultural growth. For once, farm areas were deserted while people were moving into cities. The 1920’s was a time of prosperity, happiness, and depression.  This period in time is referred to as either the “Roaring 20s” or the “ Jazz Age.” Books like " The … Read more

Analysis of language in The Great Gatsby

The fragments and the hyphen interrupting the flow of thoughts created by the fragments serve to reveal the middle-aged man excitement and incredibility at discovering the books are real. His excited tone, shown through sentence structure, suggest that stocking real books in a library is not the norm during this time; then it can be … Read more

Uncovering The Truth of the American Dream Through Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby

 The American Dream is based on the idea that an individual can achieve success regardless of social class, race, or religion just by working hard enough. Frequently, “success” is equated with the independent, self-reliant person can have a great life. In “The Great Gatsby”, Fitzgerald critiques and examines Gatsby’s particular idealism of the American … Read more

Presence of theatricality in characters Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchananand (The Great Gatsby)

 In the “Roaring ‘20s”, wealth and popularity were important factors that influence one’s reputation. To obtain that “perfect” image, people are willing to take illegal measures, go to the extremes, or ‘fake it until they make it’. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, lovers Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan are … Read more

The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath – desire for the American dream

Fictional texts are a window into an imaginative recreation of the world in which the attitudes and values are exposed. The classic, cynical, fictional novel, The Great Gatsby written by F.Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 retrospectively follows Nick in his journey as he observes his neighbour, Jay Gatsby, in his persevering attempts to attain the affection … Read more

Cultural and Societal Changes from The Great Gatsby: An Exploration of Women, Materialism and Social Class in 1920s America

 The 1920s was an era of great change. The role of women expanded, social classes became more defined, and materialism was on the rise. Many people in the 20s disobeyed the law and got to drink alcohol frequently. People also got more leisure time, which meant they were able to attend lots of parties, … Read more

Feminism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby: The Pursuit of Wealth and Realization of Oppression

 Paste your essay in here…Looking at F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby through a feminist perspective, it seems apparent that the text supports and challenges the assumptions of a patriarchal society. Interrogating this text with a critical feminist viewpoint reveals that the men and women appear to be victims of social and cultural norms … Read more

The Corruption of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby

 The American Dream has attracted millions to the coasts of the United States in search of an improved life for themselves and their loved ones. The idea that an individual can achieve their goals through persistence and hard work has been a concept that has driven both Americans and immigrants to work for centuries, … Read more

How a person is defined: ​Kit’s Law, The Great Gatsby, ​and​ King Richard III.

How a Person is Defined The first text, ​Kit’s Law​ (2001) written by Donna Morrissey​,​ told the story of a young girl, Kit Pitman, who had been going through difficult times with losing her Nan, taking care of her mentally unstable mother, and avoiding murderers. This was all happening while she was trying to grow up … Read more

The Great Gatsby: Uncovering how Jazz Age Consumerism Disintegrates Human Morality

 Hailed as an emblematic landmark in American literature, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus The Great Gatsby is the quintessential depiction of the reckless abandon associated with the Jazz Age of the 1920s. The novel captures the frivolity and culture of prosperity that grew out of the material abundance of this era, weaving them into … Read more

Failure of the American Dream In The Great Gatsby/Of Mice & Men

 In the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ F Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck respectively explore the complex perspective of the true outcome of the American Dream. Although set within different eras of American society, the extensive failure of dreams throughout both texts shows how the American Dream is destined for … Read more

Is Pammy Buchanan Irrelevant or Purposefully Ignored in The Great Gatsby?Explore daisy’s Relationship with Her Child in Fitzgerald’s Novel

 Aisha Fade Dr. Dettmar English III November 27, 2017 Pammy Buchanan: Irrelevant or Purposefully Ignored? The critically acclaimed novel, The Great Gatsby, tells the story of a romance built off of the foundations of wealth and the so-called “American Dream”. James Gatz, formally known as Jay Gatsby, is known by everyone in 1920 New … Read more

Is Pammy Buchanan Ignored or Irrelevant in “The Great Gatsby”?

 Aisha Fade Dr. Dettmar English III November 27, 2017 Pammy Buchanan: Irrelevant or Purposefully Ignored? The critically acclaimed novel, The Great Gatsby, tells the story of a romance built off of the foundations of wealth and the so-called “American Dream”. James Gatz, formally known as Jay Gatsby, is known by everyone in 1920 New … Read more

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”: Symbols, Colors, and Themes of Hope and Unsuccess

 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby contains infinite examples of symbolism; however, the one that has the greatest significance relates to the color scheme that is presented throughout the novel. He discreetly labels specific objects and people with a color; however, as the story reestablishes the color schemes, not every color has one … Read more

The prevalence of misogyny in ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Bell Jar’

 The prevalence of misogyny across American societies is highlighted within both ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Bell Jar’ and is a crucial component in shaping the lives, and deaths, of central female characters. Both novels explore the degradation of women during their respective time periods as a result of oppression and restriction within chauvinistic … Read more

Exploring Symbolism in F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby – Green, Gold, Gray and Beyond

 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby contains infinite examples of symbolism. Fitzgerald uses a color scheme throughout his book as he discreetly labels specific objects and people with a color. Not every color is limited to one meaning. Green, yellow, gold, white, blue and gray all assist the plot, setting, and the emotions … Read more

Unappreciated Art and Books: S. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Examined

 Great works of art are often unappreciated as they are first premiered, yet rise to great acclaim years later. Picasso himself lived as a struggling artist, yet is now considered one of the most influential artists in history. This occurrence is also true through literature. As renowned author F. Scott Fitzgerald released his book … Read more

Explore Race, Wealth & Class in “The Great Gatsby” & “The Passing

An authors’ writing is the art of framing and presenting his thoughts to his/her leaders. A great author can address the various social concerns through his/her writing by use of characters who are given various roles to pass a certain message in a certain way. The ideologies of class, gender and wealth are well communicated … Read more

Exploring F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams’ Reflections on Society Through Literary Works

 The Intertwining’s of Society to The Author Throughout history and even today, many authors have analyzed the impact that society has on a character, or they have used a specific character to explain the troubles within the society of their respective time. F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925, and two decades … Read more

Exploring Jay Gatsby: The Tragic Hero of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

 Paula Jankowski May 18th, 2016 Response Paper #3 A Tragic Hero Throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby, or James Gatz, is considered to be an individual of many flaws, dreams, and secrets. Although Gatsby’s far-reaching goals and yearnings may seem opaque to the readers of the novel, to … Read more

F. Scott Fitzgerald commits blasphemy in the Great Gatsby

“I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.” -Bruce Springsteen. F. Scott Fitzgerald even brilliantly combines the golden age and bible teachings to portray this message that, the American Dream of getting rich is far from the reality of how people actually get rich, in his novel The … Read more

About The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby” was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in April of 1924. The story tells the tale of Jay Gatsby in 1922. The novel is narrated from the view point of Nick Carraway, who is Jay Gatsby’s neighbor who moved to West Egg to pursue a new career and fortune as a bonds salesman. Fitzgerald was born into the Lost Generation and has a high respect for those that pursue the American Dream through hard work and grit. In this story Scott Fitzgerald says that the American Dream is elusive for those willing to chase it. However, the pursuit of the American Dream can come with consequences.

“The Great Gatsby” was based in East Egg Long Island in the summer of 1922. In America the 1920s marked a time of large social and political change. During this time the American economy was flourishing. This was a decade of tremendous prosperity. A effect of the economical is that everyone was under the impression that they could strike gold like Gatsby did. When the economy changed so did peoples interpretation of the American Dream. In “The Great Gatsby” Scott Fitzgerald constantly critiques the American Dream. Scott Fitzgerald describe the American dream as elusive and that you can never reach it. Further more he says that the American dream is a moving target in that the farther we progress so does the dream. Fitzgerald shows this throughout “The Great Gatsby”. One way he successfully demonstrates his opinion of the American Dream when Gatsby is successful in completing his mission of enticing Daisy he does not feel satisfied.

The theme of the American Dream is illustrated throughout the novel. One example of the American Dream in “The Great Gatsby” is shown through the green light at the end of daisy dock. The green light positioned at the end of Daisy look represents Gatsby’s hopes and dream for the future. Much like the elusive American Dream the green light is barely visible across the pond. However, it is just bright enough to guide Gatsby toward his goal.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a man ahead of his time. Fitzgerald was born born into “The Lost Generation”. This generation was brought up to believe in the American Dream. The people born into this generation came to see the indulgent behavior of the 1920s. They came to know the aspiration to not just be a contributing member of society, but to dominate it. “The Lost Generation” learned that the new generation would rather be revered than respected. These where previsions of the Americans values that Fitzgerald’s generation had been taught.

Fitzgerald completed “The Great Gatsby” during the roaring twenties that led to the Great Depression. During this time Fitzgerald experienced triumph and despair, both of these qualities are shown in his works. Fitzgerald had a very high respect for those willing to pursue the American Dream. This respect is shown in Fitzgeralds work. Even though Jay Gatsby received his wealthy in an unsavory way, Fitzgerald shows that those who work hard can rise to the top of society.

Kajal Thapa once said,” “The sun does not abandon the moon to darkness.” This quote by Kajal Thapa applies to the American Dream theme in the novel “The Great Gatsby” in many ways. The pursuit of the American Dream does not come with out its consequences. In the book Myrtle is so determined to have a luxurious life that she is willing to have an affair on her loyal husband George with Tom. Myrtle firmly believes that Tom is picture perfect man and represents the American Dream.

The theme of the dark side of the American Dream is further shown in “The Great Gatsby” during Gatsby’s extensive 5 year quest for Daisy’s love. This is shown in the following quote,

“There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams — not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”

This quote show’s Gatsby’s extensive love for Daisy. Gatsby’s love for daisy had taken over his life. He now feels that he has to acquire a ridiculous amount of wealth in order to get Daisy to love him. Gatsby’s fantasy of getting Daisy to love him built up so much over time that when Daisy finally fell in love with him she fell short of Gatsby’s expirations.

Writing an essay on ‘The Great Gatsby’

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an iconic American novel that has been widely read and discussed since its publication in 1925. The novel is set in the Roaring Twenties and is centered around the lives of Jay Gatsby and his friends, who live in the wealthy area of Long Island known as West Egg. The novel explores the themes of wealth, ambition, love, and the American Dream, and each of those themes should be discussed and explored when writing an essay on this topic. In this section we will look at each theme in turn.

One of the most important themes in The Great Gatsby is the pursuit of the American Dream. The novel follows Jay Gatsby’s quest for wealth and success as he tries to win the heart of Daisy Buchanan, the woman he loves. Gatsby’s ambition and determination to achieve the American Dream serves as a powerful example of the power of the dream and the lengths people will go to achieve it. The novel also shows the dark side of the American Dream, as Gatsby’s attempts to win Daisy leads him to make choices that ultimately lead to his downfall.

Another important theme in The Great Gatsby is the idea of the corrupting influence of wealth and materialism. Gatsby’s obsession with wealth and material possessions is contrasted with the more down-to-earth lifestyle of Nick Carraway, the novel’s narrator. Nick is initially enamored with Gatsby’s wealth and lifestyle, but eventually comes to realize that it is ultimately worthless and pointless. The novel also examines the idea of class and status in America, as Gatsby’s wealth and social connections are not enough to overcome the prejudice of Daisy and her family.

Love and relationships are also important themes in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby’s love for Daisy is a driving force in the novel, and serves as a contrast to the shallow relationships of the other characters. Gatsby’s love for Daisy is ultimately unrequited, but his unflinching devotion serves as a powerful example of true love in the face of adversity. The novel also examines the idea of marriage and its importance in the lives of the characters. Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship is ultimately doomed, but this serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of true, lasting love in a marriage.

The Great Gatsby is also a powerful critique of the moral and social standards of the 1920s. The novel examines the idea of the “lost generation”, as the characters are all searching for something but never seem to find it. Gatsby’s idealistic pursuit of Daisy is contrasted with the shallow and amoral lifestyles of the other characters, and the novel serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of morality and values in society.

Finally, the novel examines the idea of the human condition and the limitations of the human experience. The characters in the novel are all searching for something, but ultimately cannot find it. Gatsby’s idealistic pursuit of Daisy is contrasted with the more pragmatic views of Nick and Daisy, and the novel serves as a powerful reminder of the ultimate futility of the human experience.

In conclusion, The Great Gatsby is a classic American novel that explores many important themes and ideas. The novel examines the pursuit of the American Dream, the corrupting influence of wealth and materialism, love and relationships, the moral and social standards of the 1920s, and the human condition. These themes are all explored in an engaging and thought-provoking way, making The Great Gatsby a timeless and essential work of literature.