Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1072 Words Mar 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Looking Forward to the Past
The 1920s are often referred to as the Gilded Age, and rightly so. Beneath the surface of wealth, success, and prosperity displayed across America lay a decade-full of corruption, immorality, and vulgarity. Many in the decade realized that beneath the glitz and glam of parties and fanciful events, there existed no substance or true value in the affairs. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, the author’s personal experiences lead him to explore the major faults of the decade through timeless themes and ideas. Throughout the novel, the reader discovers how a collapse of morality and values ultimately leads to pining for the past.
Negative experiences in life leave people looking for something they once had. While relating Daisy’s wedding experience to Nick, Jordan describes, in detail, how Daisy received an upsetting letter [from Gatsby], cried furiously for hours, even threatened to call off the wedding, but after calming down, “she didn’t say another word” and “married Tom Buchanan [the next day] without so much as a shiver” (Fitzgerald 75-6). After receiving Gatsby’s letter, which most likely involved the truth of his economic state, Daisy decided that she needed a more stable relationship, which she found in Tom. Although she may not have loved Tom the same way she loved Gatsby, she chose the former because he represented the stability of her past, a time when she lived a comfortable life supplied by old money. Gatsby’s lies and…

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