The Great Gatsby, By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

2053 Words Sep 2nd, 2015 9 Pages
During the nineteen twenties, America experienced an unprecedented period of spending and wealth. This period of time was also one which gave us many literary classics including The Great Gatsby and also A Rose for Emily. These two stories while very different offer a glimpse into the mindset created during that time. Within the stories is an interesting use of characterization, metaphors, and setting. These simple literary devices create a deep and complex world which we continue to look back on even to this day. The characterization found within The Great Gatsby and also A Rose for Emily is very different. The Great Gatsby offers the picture of wealth and easy which is a lifestyle that very few are fortunate enough to experience. Even one of the characters comments about this within the book he states “Frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.” The characters are all unique within the novel and are all examples of what money tends to do to people who are privileged with it. Also found within the novel is a complete lack of understanding that when things are broken or lost they cannot be replaced easily. One thoughtful writer said “They were careless people. Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast…

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