Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Fitzgerald

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In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses music to present the vast extent of human emotion. In relation to the signification gap, music is a direct link between signifier and signified. Music alone can hold the emotional depth that words simply cannot encompass: “Whenever there was a pause in the song she filled it with gasping, broken sobs” (Fitzgerald, 51). Evidently, the stranger’s song captures Nick’s attention because of its haunting, poignant sentiment. The singer’s “gasping, broken sobs” refers to society’s disillusionment with a utopian America. Therefore, the singer may be a symbol of mourning for the loss of secure worldviews, and an acknowledgement of society’s true fragmented state. Her lamentation is a realization that reality fails to exist in perfect harmony. Furthermore, Fitzgerald’s use of “pause” presents a critical signification gap between both the word’s metaphorical and literal connotations. The song’s “pause,” in fact, may be an ostensible expression for an underlying reality — America’s sense of emptiness. In order to fill the moral void that was once occupied by indiscriminate religious acceptance, the Roaring-Twenties initiated a trend toward mass consumerism. In addition, Fitzgerald uses music to highlight the material drive that stimulates Gatsby’s ambition. Spurred by his persistent resolve to gain Daisy’s affection, Gatsby transforms himself, albeit through illicit means. However, the lyrics of the “Sheik of Araby” indicate that love alone does not…

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