Great Gatsby Evaluation Essay Research Paper Throughout

Great Gatsby Evaluation Essay, Research Paper

Throughout the course of any literary work many of the characters go though some

sort of a change. These changes maybe life lessons which are necessary to obtain

in life. These lessons include undergoing a development of responsibility or

morality. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway is a

character that develops a sense of moral responsibility throughout the novel.

This novel opens in the summer of 1922 in West Egg, Long Island. The main

character, Nick Carraway moves to Long Island to begin his career in the bond

business. It is here where his cousin Daisy Buchanan lives with her husband Tom.

Nick also meets his wealthy neighbor when Jay Gatsby invites Nick to a party.

They become good friends and Nick Carraway learns about Jay?s mysterious past

as well as the past between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. It is Jay Gatsby?s

corruption of the ?American Dream? which leads toward his inevitable

downfall. Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, and Daisy Buchanan make up the three main

characters of this novel. Nick Carraway is the narrator of this novel and the

most important character. Nick is a tolerant person and is also not willing to

judge people. His sympathy for other people in particular Jay Gatsby is shown

through this quote, ?If personality is an ubroken series of successful

gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened

sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those

intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away?(6). Jay

Gatsby is wealthy and has everything except his ?golden girl?. He will do

anything to fulfill his American dream by winning the heart of Daisy Buchanan.

However, it is his controversial career and his controversial past which is

described as, ?I found out what your ?drug stores? were. He turned to us

and spoke rapidly. He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug

stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That?s one

of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him and

I wasn?t far wrong.?(141). Daisy Buchanan is the wife of Tom Buchanan and is

having an affair with Jay Gatsby. In this novel she is the ?golden girl?

that every mans desires. However, Daisy as well as her husband were careless and

cold hearted people, ?They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up

things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast

clearness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean

up the mess they had made??(188). What makes a novel unique is its style of

writing F. Scott Fitzgerald accomplishes this by the use of voice, tone, and

time. Nick Carraway is the narrator of this novel and includes himself in the

plot. Nick confines the reader only to what he can experience and hear. Also,

Nick Carraway produces many moral judgments of the other characters, which he

relays to the reader. This allows opinions to be made by a person in the action.

Equally important to they style of writing, the author uses tone. In order for

the mood to be set the author uses images with color, sound, and detail. Nick

describes the atmosphere of one of Gatsby?s parties as, ?The moon had risen

higher, and floating in the Sound was a triangle of silver scales, trembling a

little to the stiff, tinny drip of the banjoes on the lawn.?(51). Furthermore

the time span in which the story unfolds adds to they style of writing. Nick?s

story develops chronologically in the novel?s present from early summer to

October. On the contrary, the reader needs information to understand Gatsby?s

past, which appears in flashbacks. This allows for the integration of Gatsby and

the development of the plot. Consequently the use of voice, tone, and time

enhances the overall theme and impression of the piece. One of the many themes

the author represents throughout the course of the literary work is the

corruption of the American dream. Jay Gatsby is a man who believes that he can

fulfill his romantic desires with his wealth. Referring to the title The Great

Gatsby, Jay is neither great nor is his real name Gatsby. He is a crook and a

bootlegger, who involves himself with the man who fixes the 1919 World Series.

Besides Jay, Daisy and Tom are characters who represent the corruption of the

American dream. They are both indirectly the cause of Gatsby?s death. Morality

is a life lesson, which should be obtained in a person?s lifetime. Without

these morals a person cannot succeed in life. This is shown through the

character Jay Gatsby. However, Nick Carraway does obtain this life lesson and he

benefits from it.


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