The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1341 Words Apr 12th, 2016 6 Pages
“This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and power and no empathy” (Alice Walker). The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, contains many characters that possess such qualities described by Walker, and in return they suffer severe consequences. Fitzgerald develops the theme, money destroys people, through the use of characterization and narration to expose the natures of the rich in the 1920s. Fitzgerald 's words exemplify society today in how money often consumes lives and alters worlds. By utilizing an outside character, Nick Carraway, as the narrator, Fitzgerald offers a unique point of view of the events taking place to truly showcase the unforgiving trail money leaves behind. As the narrator, Nick uses his lack of fortune to see the true colors of the rich. Nick explained “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life” (Fitzgerald 35). After Nick is given his first inside to the true heart and soul of the rich, he gives the reader that truth. A truth that can only be seen through unbiased eyes. The combination of his genuinely caring character and lack of wealth allow him to see past their beautiful exterior and into the dark, lonely, and unhappy interior to describe them as such. He sees their actions for what they are and without excuse. Had someone like Daisy, someone selfish, told the story not only would significant parts be left out, but also many…

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