Human Nature : The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Past and Present: Human Nature Portrayed in American Literature The very root of human nature has been debated for as long as humans have been civilized. The topic became ever more intriguing in literature over the last few centuries, as The United States of America was founded. The idea of a common human nature is very debatable and is open to interpretation, which can be seen through various authors’ representations of human nature. While each individual is entitled to their own interpretation as to what human nature is, many classic American works convey a common theme. These classic works are: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, and A Separate Peace by John Knowles. It is apparent in American literature that human nature is driven by the egotistical need to control a given situation, therefore, dominating human relationships. The first novel in which humans’ inherent nature can be seen is The Great Gatsby. The work, which is set during the roaring twenties, allotted a great deal of detail to describing Jay Gatsby and his estranged love, Daisy Buchanan 's relationship. As Gatsby is still very much in love with Daisy, he aggressively tries to win her back, as shown towards the end of the novel. “Daisy, that’s all over now,” he said earnestly. “It doesn’t matter any more. Just tell him the truth — that you never loved him — and it’s all wiped out forever...You never loved him” (Fitzgerald 141). This quote shows…

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