Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Introduction
“The Great Gatsby” and its eponymous protagonist offers a poignant portrait of NY in the Roaring 20’s where the narrator, Nick Carraway is seduced by the idealized society and the American dream for more. Fitzgerald explores the uniquely American tragedy of Jay Gatsby, whose thirst for love and wealth eventually becomes obsessive and illegal, and his downfall parallels that of a society who were corrupted by their desires. Fitzgerald depicts universal and classical themes, relating to issues still relevant today, making this classical novel inspire readers of any era.
Love
Fitzgerald presents the initially pure, but subsequently impure love between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchannan, highlighting the significance of unconditional love and the role it plays in Gatsby’s society while outlining the tragedy of its inevitable corruption. Gatsby’s initial connection with Daisy as conveyed to readers is the idealised potential and purity of love shown through the flashback in, “The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at some time”, vividly indicating Gatsby’s pure intentions towards Daisy depicted to be true love. This love however morphs into an obsession and an exaggeration of Gatsby’s true feelings shown through the dialogue and repeated second person negatives in, “You don’t understand,” said Gatsby with a touch of panic. “You’re not going to take care of her anymore.”…..”Daisy’s leaving you” where…

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