Analysis Of F. Scott Fitzgerald 's ' The Great Gatsby ' Essay

2296 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 10 Pages
English Writing Portfolio - AS91475

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After reading and evaluating F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ I have found that while a cursory view of this text may seem to highlight the glorious lives of those richest and most powerful, a more comprehensive approach to this text is required to delve past the surface themes of thwarted love between a man and a woman, and into the deeper set themes such as moral demise. Fitzgerald claimed to be a moralist at heart, preaching about the degeneracy of the wealthy. Yet, on the other hand, Fitzgerald longed to live big himself. These conflicted feelings to do with wealth come through readily in his work. Throughout the novel, there are conflicting connotations as Fitzgerald writes of extravagant parties, full of glamor and loneliness. By analysing multiple critics’ opinions, I was exposed to a variety of views on Gatsby’s - Fitzgerald’s protagonist - motives, suggesting that ultimately Jay Gatsby is a romantic, tragic hero, who idealistically believes that through the accumulation of money, and therefore power, he will gain the ability to live the American Dream.

The novel is set in New York in the 1920’s wherein we witness the disintegration of the American dream through an era of exceptional wealth and material gain. The story is told by bond-seller Nick Carraway, in a sanatorium for depression and alcoholism, as he is swayed by his doctor to write a therapeutic description of what…

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