Essay about The Ironic Title of The Great Gatsby
Titling is a very important part of the fiction-writing process. It is important for authors to be careful in choosing their titles because the titles often can have great influence on certain aspects of the story. In the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the title was formulated with the intention of heightening characterization through the use of irony. When readers start to read this novel, they immediately see a man who seems very glamorous and powerful while they have already been predisposed to seeing him in an alluring light due to the book's title. However, this perception of Gatsby is eventually completely transformed as Fitzgerald continuously divulges the …show more content…
In considering the meaning behind the word, "great" as applied to Gatsby by Fitzgerald, it is important to ponder the likely motives of Nick Caraway, the narrator, as well as Fitzgerald himself. Having examined quotes from both these people, one would find it highly unlikely that they would candidly describe this man as "great", a word implying power and splendor. From the very beginning, we, as readers, see the light in which Nick views Gatsby and Gatsby's society.
"[Gatsby] represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn... what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men." (6)
Here, Nick exposes the reader to his contemptuous views of people like Gatsby and