F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

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The Great Themes from the Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a modern-classic novel which blends numerous themes to create an experience truly Gatsby-esque. The novel would not be the same without F. Scott Fitzgerald’s creative manipulation of the major themes. Perhaps the remarkably intriguing and thoroughly developed themes were those of class, discontentedness, and the theme of time (past and future). All three themes are employed in driving the plot of the novel and helping to create the characters as they are in the novel.

Class is illustrated in essentially every component of the novel and sets the tone for interactions between the characters, helping to push the plot. The novel starts with Nick telling the reader the advice his father had given him. “ ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,’ he told me, ‘ just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ ” (TGG pg7). Nick immediately continues on to explain that he isn’t inclined to judge, meaning he will not judge (anyone) based on class . This indicates that other people (particularly characters in the story) do judge based on class. The fact that people do judge this way is significant to the story and to understanding the actions of the characters. In later chapters the reader sees the way the judging affects how the characters interact: new money and old money do not understand each other. Old money finds the new money people tacky…

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