The Great Gatsby is arguably F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest best seller novel. The manuscript was written is a classic twentieth-century story that is set during in ‘rolling 20s’ in the US. The story is narrated by Nick Carraway, an individual from a wealthy family back from fighting in the first world war and settling into the community as a bonds broker. The book is a thrilling love story that is inclusive of the daily life of the seduction of money, wild revelry, and issues of society’s failure to accomplish its potential. Nick moves to East Egg to set up his bonds brokerage firm. His biggest challenge is that the area is a slightly less financially majestic as compared to his home back in West Egg. Nevertheless, he pursues his ambition an action that sets his store opposite Jay Gatsby’s mansion. Gatsby is a wealthy individual who hosts lavish parties at his residence every weekend attended by the entire town. Despite this increased publicity, his guests never see the host during the celebrations. Gatsby has a dark secret of his lust a factor that finally leads to his death. According to (Long 21), The Great Gatsby is an exerting read that captures its audience not only through its plot but also through its character; nevertheless, similar to other best sellers of its kind there are a number of issues that stand out against the narrative.
When going through the novel it can be argued that one of the principle weaknesses of the manuscript is the literal and figurative death of the title character, Jay Gatsby. Undoubtedly, his unwarranted murder at the hands of a hopeless George Wilson induces compassion; the true calamity, nevertheless, lies in the obliteration of a crucial American optimist. The naivety apparent in Gatsby’s endless ambitions helps describe what Fitzgerald saw as the foundation for the American Character. Throughout the novel Gatsby’s character is iconic and a true image of a self-made millionaire who Fitzgerald identifies with the American Dream. For instance, in spite of everything, he has not only developed a different personality of who he truly is but also flourished both economically and societally in the process. Despite his success, Gatsby’s major conceptual limitation becomes apparent as he makes Daisy Buchanan the only motivation of his certainty in “the orgastic future” (Fitzgerald 189). His formerly different objectives are therefore forfeited to Gatsby’s sole-inclined preoccupation with Daisy’s consent. Even Gatsby recognized the first time he kissed Daisy that once he “forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God” (Fitzgerald 117).
Going through the manuscript Fitzgerald’s depiction of Gatsby is ill placed as it is not part of the plot of the narrative. In some cases, Gatsby is painted as a relentless egotistic individual bent to achieve what he wants however to the degree, which he wishes. As the novel describes, Gatsby appears to find out that his idea and the pursuit of Daisy is more worthwhile as compared to the real accomplishment of her. Gatsby acknowledges that as he attained it with his own personality, he has established an ideal for Daisy to achieve. Though Gatsby remains primarily, devoted to his ambitions up until his demise, he brawls with the authenticity of when those goals for his American Dream are either attained or, in Gatsby’s case, confirmed unattainable.
Through the reading, Fitzgerald provides an interpretation on several themes; for instance, greed, betrayal, justice, power, the American dream, among others. Among all the themes, possibly none is well elaborated as the theme of social stratification. The Great Gatsby is considered as an excellent piece of social interpretation, providing a vibrant glance into the American life in the 1920s. Fitzgerald prudently sets up his novel into separate groups; however, through his conclusion each set of individuals has its peculiar difficulties to deal with. This leaves the reader with an influential reminder of what a risky place the world certainly is. Through forming separate social classes, for instance, old money, new money, and no money, the author passes across strong messages about the superiority running throughout every level of society.
The first and most apparent cluster that the author attacks is, unquestionably, the rich. Nonetheless, for the author and his characters, having the rich in one group together would be a huge fault. This is because the rich appear to be united by their money. Nevertheless, Fitzgerald discloses this is not the case. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald provides two separate types of rich people. In the first place, there are individuals like Buchanan and Jordan Baker who were born into affluence. Their families have been rich for generations, therefore are referred to as “old money.” As depicted in the novel, the “old money” individuals do not work and most of their time they spend in amusements or anything that fancy them (Wulick 67). For instance, Daisy, Tom, and the discrete social class they signify are possibly the novel’s most exclusive group, striking discrepancies on other wealthy people, like Gatsby. This is centered not on how much money one has, but where it came from or how it was acquired. The fact that Gatsby has lately acquired his money provides a strong reason to hate the old money individuals. In their thinking, he cannot have the same improvement, responsiveness, and taste they have. This is because he works for a living and comes from a low-class background, which, in their view, implies he cannot conceivably be like them (Wulick 125).
The social elite believes that they are always right. According to these group, the “new money” individuals cannot be compared to them and believe that everything works in their favor. According to the novel, those in society’s top level are not good people at all. This is because they are always disparaging and shallow, which makes them fail to study the spirit of the people around them and themselves too. Moreover, this group believes that they live their lives in such a manner to propagate their sense of dominance, an element that is quite unrealistic. Individuals with freshly attained wealth, nevertheless, are not certainly much better. Gatsby’s partygoers can illustrate this as they appear in his parties, take his liquor, and eat his food, not caring at one point even to meet the host. Moreover, they also do not bother to wait for an invite as they just show up. When Gatsby passes on, the individuals who spend most of the time at his house every week peculiarly vanished, forsaking Gatsby when he could not do anything to them (Long 12). This makes one think that the new wealthy is not sensitive to the world and the people around them. In any case, it was only until recent that they did not have money and no one would open a single door for them. As Fitzgerald displays, though, their focus is basically living for the moment, immerse in merriment and other forms of superfluous.
In the same way, the rich, Fitzgerald uses those with the poor to send a strong message. Nick, despite the fact that he comes from a family with some wealth, does not have capital that can be compared to Gatsby or Tom own. Eventually, although, he appears to be a decent and upright man than top from a moral perspective. Myrtle, still, is another story. Despite the fact that she comes from the middle class, she is stuck, like many more others, in the valley of remains, and most of her time she spends trying to make out in life. In reality, her wish to move up the social ladder leads her to her relationship with Tom and she is absolutely satisfied with the plan.
Due to the desolation infusing her life, Myrtle dissociated herself from her ethical obligations and feels comfortable being disloyal to her husband when it means that she will get what she wants in life if it is only for a short time. Nonetheless, what she does not understand is the fact that Tom and his friends will never consent her into their circle. In a way, this trait can be argued to be the root of Tom’s section of the women he has an affair with. According to Tom, their weakness determines his position that is much greater. Strangely, associating with women who desire to his class makes him feel superior about himself and permits him to propagate the delusion that he is a decent and significant man. According to the novel, Myrtle is like a puppet to Tom and to those he stands for.
Fitzgerald is meticulous in his presentation of The Great Gatsby as he demonstrates a cruel image of the world he perceives around him. The 1920s represented a period marred by post-war economic growth a factor that Fitzgerald captures effectively through his narration. However, even through his candid depiction, it is hard to see how Fitzgerald could not have been in a position to predict the stock market crash of 1929. Notwithstanding, the world he depicts in The Great Gatsby appears evidently to be headed for tragedy. Most the people have tilted world interpretations, misguidedly believing their existence depends on the stratification and strengthening social confines. Furthermore, they place their faith in shallow exterior means, for instance, money and materialism, while forgetting to nurture the sympathy and understanding that, in reality, distinguishes humans from the animals.
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