Essay about Taming The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1117 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
The 1930’s was a decade of depression; however the 1920’s were the most jubilant years for any American. The 1920’s was depicted as a time of economic prosperity and social optimism but, the morals of all Americans had reached its lowest point. This is the uncharted reality of the roaring 20’s and F. Scott Fitzgerald thoroughly examines it in his classic novel The Great Gatsby. The result of this creates the central theme of immorality in the wealthy upper class and is revealed through the uses of literary techniques. The existence of this theme will be proven by a thorough analysis of the uses of situational irony and characterization furthermore, how these literary techniques contribute to developing this theme will be discussed as well. Situational irony is a literary technique used by F. Scott Fitzgerald to establish this crucial theme of immorality in the upper class in the 1920’s. The first example of situational irony is found through studying Gatsby’s partygoers. Gatsby was famous for his extravagant parties and hundreds of people attended “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths.”(Fitzgerald 43).At the end of the novel Gatsby is murdered by Mr. Wilson and a funeral was held however, no one showed up. Nick says “The minister glanced several times at his watch, so [he] took him aside and asked to wait for half an hour. But it wasn’t any use. Nobody came.” (Fitzgerald 113). The irony here is that hundreds of people are able to attend his parties…

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