The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1129 Words Feb 9th, 2016 5 Pages
In the early twentieth century, the ownership of a car suggested wealth and status. Cars such as Gatsby’s Rolls-Royce, “ was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length”(64), convey the personality and character respective of the driver. However, cars also represent risk, drivers could be impaired or distracted, which could lead to an accident or even death. In her critical essay, Medium of exchange: The blue coupe dialogue in The Great Gatsby, Lauraleigh O’Meara presents diction that Fitzgerald uses to describe cars, “Fitzgerald generally emphasizes one function over the other. For example, when a car moves characters to other destinations, or is involved in an accident, the focus is on its machinery, as opposed to those qualities that make it unique as a marketplace commodity.”(1). This diction which is focused on the material, exemplifies the destruction and chaos that cars can create. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author uses automobiles as elements of foreshadowing and symbols throughout the novel which illustrate the carelessness, immorality, and materialism of the 1920’s, and that results in death and destruction. Fitzgerald uses the blue coupe to show Tom’s focus on immorality and Wilson’s focus on materialism. Irony is shown in Wilson’s garage, where the sign reads, “George B. Wilson. Cars bought and sold” (25), yet the only car in the garage is a, “dust-covered wreck of a Ford” (25), which belongs to…

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