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

1045 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Towards the end of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, the main character, Jay Gatsby, is murdered at the hands of a distraught, lower class man named Wilson, who believes Gatsby killed his wife Myrtle the day before. However, the complexities of Gatsby’s death do not end there. Fitzgerald capitalizes on the scene of Gatsby’s death by implementing diction, biblical allusions, and the motif of time to reinforce his narrative that industrialization has corrupted the American Dream, thus creating a loss of control for man. Fitzgerald utilizes diction to reveal the corruption of the American Dream. As Gatsby lays in his pool, unknowingly awaiting his death, Fitzgerald describes an eerie atmosphere. He talks about the “unfamiliar sky”, “frightening leaves”, and a new world where “poor ghosts” drift by (169). This is not the world of the “sunshine and the great bursts of leaves” Nick depicts when he first stepped foot to West Egg in the beginning of the summer (8). The contrast in diction affirms the exposure of corruption throughout the novel. Over the course of the summer, Nick has witnessed the truth of the high class--they are no happier and no better than anyone else. He learns how Tom, a wealthy man from a respectable family, cheats on his wife; how Gatsby, an assumed symbol of hard working America, deceived his way to the top through bootlegging; and even learns how other people in the wealthy class are deep down angry and sad, like when recalling a…

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