The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1418 Words null Page
Glitz and glamour were used to describe the energetic age of the 1920s in American society. By creating a fantasy world where some of the most influential people have an excessive amount of money, The Great Gatsby leads many to think that the Jazz Age was anything but entertaining. In history, the time period was full of financial benefits and new roles for genders. It is remembered by economic prosperity, advances in technology and culture, and changing social roles. Men came home from the war, while women were getting more freedoms outside the home. Dancing and partying was popular, even though prohibition was passed. F. Scott Fitzgerald takes lavish scenes from this time period and turns them into a series of scandalous events, in which each character watches the consequences of their actions; the novel shows an eye opening perspective of how money can corrupt a person. Characters and objects are brought to life through the use of vivid description of colors providing deeper meaning. Symbols and social classes present throughout The Great Gatsby represent the exploitation of wealth during the 1920s.
Vibrant, deadly, deceiving, and innocent represent words that associate with colors throughout the downfall of Gatsby. Fitzgerald draws attention to "the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that 's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning—" (Fitzgerald 180). This…

Related Documents