The American Dreams of the Main Characters in Lorraine Hansberry’s Play A Raisin in the Sun and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Novel The Great Gatsby

The American Dream is the idea that everyone living in the US has a uniform chance to attain their dream through perseverance, hard work, and aspiration. Some personalized dreams could be earning success, obtaining money, or winning the love of your life. This is a theme in many books in American literature. While both Hansberry’s … Read more

The Great Gatsby: a Criticism of the American Dream

Through its unflattering characterization of those at the top of the economic heap and its appalling examination of the ways in which the American Dream not only fails to fulfill its promise but also contributes to the decay of moral values in a modern society, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby provides a critical social … Read more

Fulfillment and Falsity in The Great Gatsby and World’s Fair

‘The American Dream’ is an ideal which states that every man, woman and child should have equal opportunity to be prosperous and achieve the highest possible goals; this principle is supported by the United States Declaration of Independence, which states that ‘all men are created equal’, thus supporting the idea that all American citizens should … Read more

The Unpleasant Tom Buchanan

Tom Buchanan is an important figure throughout the course of The Great Gatsby, and is used as Fitzgerald’s symbolic representation of the moral and emotional decadence of the era. Tom forms part of Fitzgerald’s social critique of the upper classes, and reflects the perceived lack of values beneath the “glittering facade” of the rich. Tom … Read more

Old Money and New Money in “The Great Gatsby”

The acclaimed novel The Great Gatsby was written by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald in the year 1925. Throughout time, the book has been recognized for accurately representing the Roaring Twenties’ society in the United States, a point in history where economy grew and the country began to focus on spending money and in … Read more

Jordan Baker: Immoral vs. Balanced

In every story, there are characters which serve to give the text purpose and drive the plot. Whether the character is dynamic, complex, round or flat, successful pieces of literature must include well-developed characters to propel the story. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway’s love interest, Jordan Baker, has very distinct characteristics … Read more

Materialistic Attitude To Happiness In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald i

The United States of America is often referred to as the land of endless possibilities, where everyone can achieve everything. The belief in the so-called American Dream, which gives the people a sense of hope that includes the opportunity for economic prosperity and success, was and is still present. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of … Read more

Modernism and The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has been hailed as one of the greatest literary works of Modernism. The Great Gatsby set the tone for the movement that defined American literature in the early decades well into the present day. The characters of The Great Gatsby are a direct reflection of the “lost generation” to … Read more

The Death of a Dream

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is regarded as a brilliant piece of literature that offers a vivid peek into American life in the 1920’s. The central characteristics of the “Lost Generation” of the 1920’s society are shown through the decay of the American Dream. This novel shows that the American Dream no longer signifies … Read more

Yellow Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the color yellow is a prevalent hue within the narrative’s depiction of high society. Although interchangeable with the color gold, there are two distinct connotations in the mention of each color. While gold equates to luxury and wealth in an objective sense, yellow serves to display the corruption, … Read more

The Symbolic Use of an Eye In The Great Gatsby

Throughout history, the eye has always been an emblem of the deities. In the Egyptian pantheon, there is Horus, god of light, who is signified by his famous Eye; in the Roman pantheon, there is Juno, associated with the many-eyed peacock; and in the Hindu pantheon, there is the three-eyed Shiva, with his celestial left … Read more

Fall Of The American Dream In The Great Gatsby

The American dream states that any individual can achieve success regardless of family history, race, and/or religion simply by working hard. The 1920’s were a time of corruption and demise of moral values in society. The first World War had passed, and people were reveling in the materialism that came at the end of it, … Read more

The Effective Use of Symbols, Images, and Allegories in The Great Gatsby, a Film by Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann takes a unique approach in his film adaptation of the novel, with the same name, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. With blockbuster stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton, Lurhmann’s Gatsby does an interesting job of tackling the socioeconomic structure of post-WWI America. Set in the “Roaring 20’s”, it is easy … Read more

Commentary on Closing Passage of Chapter 7 from Great Gatsby

The extract from Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby depicts the events that occur after the Buchanans, Nick and Gatsby return from New York, after Daisy drives into and kills Myrtle, while letting Gatsby take the blame. Themes explored in this passage include the facade of the upper class and the American dream. As Nick makes … Read more

Materialism Portrayed By Cars in The Great Gatsby

“But as I walked down the steps I saw that the evening was not quite over. Fifty feet from the door a dozen headlights illuminated a bizarre and tumultuous scene (58).” After the first of Gatsby’s parties that Nick attends, Fitzgerald dedicates two pages entirely to a seemingly inconsequential car accident. The reader does not … Read more

The significance of the end of Chapter 1 of “The Great Gatsby”

Luminosity and spiritual longing for something that had vanished a long ago are probably the two main characteristics of the last two paragraphs in Chapter 1 of “The Great Gatsby”. The scene takes place shortly after Nick’s return from dinner at Tom and Daisy’s and is set in Nick’s small garden, close to Jay Gatsby’s … Read more

Unlikely Acts of Heroism in The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald uses a range of techniques in The Great Gatsby to explore the idea that it is often the most unlikely people who display acts of heroism. Many of the characters in the novel show stereotypical characteristics, but act contrary to what is expected. The contrasting characters of Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby … Read more

Climax and Anti-climax in The Road, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and The Great Gatsby

Climaxes are moments of increased tension which signify a central turning point within a text. Anti-climaxes can be defined as moments which subvert expectations as they provide a plot twist which are marked by decreased intensity. This essay reviews climaxes in several works. In Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, the shooting of the road rat early … Read more

Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby

The character of Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is not the women she first appears to be. In the beginning, we see her as an innocent, charming woman, the Daisy that Gatsby had fallen in love with. As we go further into the novel, we see Daisy’s true colors. Daisy’s innocent … Read more

Internal & External Lives of Characters in The Great Gatsby vs The Valley of Ashes & East Egg

For characters in The Great Gatsby, rendering delusive illusions of one’s self may be fundamental to climbing social hierarchy, but compromising the tension between their painted picture and concealed canvas may be internally agonizing. From the instance of the enigmatic relationship of the Buchanan’s, to Gatsby’s antagonizing conflict with his past and Nick Carraway’s judgements, … Read more

Multilayered Analysis of the Great Gatsby by F. S. Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Critical Anaylsis With many English theories created throughout literature, The Great Gatsby consists of many, including existentialism, Jungian analysis, and Marxist criticism. Each of these theories are exhibited throughout the novel several times. The theories connected to the book represent different things that help us understand the characters and the scenarios more. … Read more

Fitzgerald’s Prediction and the Great Depression

Famed American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald could not have anticipated what was on the horizon when he penned The Great Gatsby in 1925. Fitzgerald was no prophet, but he seemed to have an innate sensibility that allowed him to step outside of culture of the American Jazz Age and assess its foibles and failures with … Read more

House Against Home in The Great Gatsby and a Salesman’s Death

In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, both authors use their characters’ living space, the house, as a metaphor for the attainability of the American Dream of security, wealth, and happiness. In the American Dream, the house—the living space—demonstrates the social class … Read more

Nick Carraway: An Unlikely Narrator

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby,” opens with this piece of advice quoted to Nick, the narrator of the story, by his father. Those words having stuck with him throughout the … Read more

Female Stability through Commodification in The Great Gatsby

As F. Scott Fitzgerald said in his lifetime, “‘Women are so weak, really – emotionally unstable – and their nerves, when strained, break . . . this is a man’s world. All wise women conform to the man’s lead’”(Kerr 406). He demonstrates this idea through the surface level weakness of his female characters in The … Read more

Materialism – The Great Gatsby

America has been labeled “The land of opportunity,” a place where it is possible to accomplish anything and everything. This state of mind is known as “The American Dream. ” The American Dream provides a sense of hope and faith that looks forward to the fulfillment of human wishes and desires. This dream, however, originates … Read more

The Great Gatsby – Analysis of Nick

Nick Carraway has a special place in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is not just one character among several; it is through his eyes and ears that the story takes place. In this novel, Nick goes to some length to establish his credibility, indeed his moral integrity, in telling this story about … Read more

The Great Gatsby

There are many different types of people in this world. Apart from physical features, it is the characteristics of a person that makes him/her original. Nick Carraway the narrator of The Great Gatsby, has qualities which are the complete opposite of those of Tom Buchanan, his cousin-in-law. In the novel, the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, … Read more

Great Gatsby Report

Have you ever felt that there were two of you battling for control of the person you call yourself? Have you ever felt that you weren’t quite sure which one you wanted to be in charge? All of us have at least two selves: one who wants to work hard, get good grades, and be … Read more

Hedonism and The Great Gatsby

Hedonism means to live only for pleasure. It means not thinking about the consequences of your actions as long as make you happy. It’s a total abandon of all responsibilities. This type of lifestyle often has negative results. I mean, look at the hippies, and how their hedonistic society turned out. They are all either … Read more

The Great Gatsby a symbolic novel

The Great Gatsby is a symbolic novel of the disintegration of the American dream in an era of extraordinary prosperity and material excess. On the surface, we see that it is a story about the love between a man and a woman but the overall theme is the collapse of the American dream in society. … Read more

Jay Gatsby’s Dream In The Great Gatsby

In F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby, the theme of destruction is evident in the life of the character of Jay Gatsby. In order to determine the extent of this destruction it is necessary to review Gatsbys illegally acquired wealth, his artificial lifestyle and his fixation on Daisy. Throughout the entire novel all of these … Read more

The Death of the American Dream-The Great Gatsby

In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, all the characters are, in one way or another, attempting to achieve a state of happiness in their lives. The main characters are divided into two groups: the rich upper class and the poorer lower class, which struggles to attain a higher position. Though the major players seek only to … Read more