The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1057 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
The 1930’s was a decade of depression; however, the 1920’s were the happiest years for any American. Even though the 1920’s are depicted as a time of economic prosperity and social optimism, the morals of all Americans had reached an all-time low. This is the ugly side of the 1920’s and it is thoroughly examined by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his classic novel The Great Gatsby. The result of this creates the central theme of immorality in the wealthy upper class and is revealed through the uses of literary techniques. The existence of this theme will be proven through a thorough analysis of the uses of situational irony and characterization and how these literary techniques contribute to developing this central theme.
Situational irony is a literary technique used by F. Scott Fitzgerald to establish this crucial theme of immorality of the upper class in the 1920’s. The first example of situational irony is shown through Gatsby’s partygoers. At the end of the novel Gatsby is murdered by Mr. Wilson and a funeral is held. Nick states that “the minister glanced several times at his watch so [he] took him aside and asked him to wait for half an hour. But it wasn’t any use. Nobody came.”(Fitzgerald 113). This is ironic because hundreds of people attend his parties; however, when the funeral day arrives all fail to come other than Nick, Henry Gatz, and Owl Eyes. The minister seems to be constantly looking at his watch because he is expecting more people to arrive. This is a perfect…

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