Great Gatsby Essay, Research Paper
The author’s style from Ernest Hemigway’s A Farewell to Arms differ from F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in many ways. Fitzgerald uses a more reflective style of writing meaning that he makes his characters reflect and the theme also includes reflection from the reader as well as the plot. On the other hand, Hemingway uses a more self-interest style with its theme, characters, and plot, meaning that he makes this book on his own personal experiences that cause the theme, plot and characters to differ in many ways. For example, the styles in which the characters are described are very different. Hemingway makes his characters less educated and from a lower social ranking than the characters from The Great Gatsby. Fredrick Henry, who is the main character in A Farewell to Arms, is less educated than Nick Carraway who is the main character in The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby also has a totally opposite theme than A Farewell to Arms because the themes that are employed by Fitzgerald’s book, are more about corruption of American youth and the education of young Americans while in Hemingway’s book, the themes are related to war and love. The plot from A Farewell to Arms is also very much different from the plot in The Great Gatsby whose plot is about five friends who meet this “millionaire” and all the time, he was lying about the money he had. H had said to be millionaire but wasn’t. In A Farewell to Arms, the plot is much more different emphasizing on a much more complicated problem. The plot is about Fredrick Henry who is an ambulance driver and deals with war issues during World War I.
Fredrick Henry from Hemingway’s book is very different from Nick Carraway from Fitzgerald’s book. Henry is a young, ambulance driver that serves for the Italian army during the First World War. Henry is a very disciplined and courageous young European boy that discovers love with Catherine Barkley, an American nurse whose fianc? was killed during a battle between Germany and Italy during World war I. Frederic Henry is an immature, troubled young man, caught in a terrible war. He is very much involved with drinking and picking up women only to have sex with them. On the other hand, Nick Carraway is a more centered young boy who went to Yale University and graduated with a major in business bonds. He also served for the United States Army in World War I but retired because he was afraid to get killed and lose his family and friends. Fredrick doesn’t have a family. The only family he has is his grandfather who sends him money to pay off his debts. Later on, he marries Catherine Barkley and stops seeing all the women he used to have sexual affairs with. Nick has a more friendly character than Fredrick. He is the type of person willing to listen while Fredrick is less open minded and has a lower toleration level with other human beings. One example in which Nick’s high toleration level is shown is when he finds out that Gatsby is a big lie. Gatsby had been lying about the houses, his family, friends, College Degree, etc. He tolerated this issue in a very mature way and doesn’t say anything to Gatsby or stops being his friend, instead he tries to talk with him and make him realize the big charade he has talked the whole West and East egg of New York into.
Themes from A Farewell to Arms and The Great Gatsby also have their differences. Hemingway tries to express to the readers themes about love and war while Fitzgerald expresses themes about corruption in American youth and the education of young Americans. Fitzgerald establishes these themes chapter by chapter. Readers can reflect on this theme only by reading the entire book and by thinking about the plot on how Gatsby corrupted Nick Carraway. It all starts when Nick moves to New York and meets his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Nick learns that Gatsby is madly in love with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, wife of the wealthy Tom Buchanan. Nick agrees to set up a meeting between Daisy and Gatsby and the two reawaken their lost friendship an old love. Meanwhile, Tom, husband of Daisy is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson, the wife of George Wilson, a poor, lower class gas station attendant. Upon learning of his wife’s affair, Wilson locks her in a room and insists that they move far away from his wife’s lover. Myrtle escapes this room and rushes into the street to find Tom where the Gatsby’s Rolls Royce, driven by Daisy, hits her. After doing some investigating, and after being misled by Tom, Wilson believes that it is Gatsby that is having the affair with his wife. Wilson sets out to find Gatsby and kill him. When Wilson reaches upon Gatsby, he shoots him. Wilson feels so terrible that he turns his gun at his head and shoots himself. After the hustle and bustles dies down, Nick meets Daisy and Tom again. This novel is filled with multiple themes but the predominate one focuses on the death of the American Dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald is stating that the true American Dream is dead and all that it left are distorted values such as greed and materialism. This concept can be explained by how Gatsby came to get his fortune. Gatsby got his fortune by any means possible, even by organized crime.
The plot of these to books can never be related because one plot is more dramatic than the other. (The Great Gatsby is less dramatic). A Farewell to Arms is a book whose plot is about a young man seeking and fighting for his only, true love during World War I, while The Great Gatsby is a bout a young man around his 20 or 30’s(Nick) that moves into New York looking for a job after getting his major in business bonds where he meets his neighbor who is a very mad man that gets money from very obscure places meaning he gets his money from organized crimes. He also lies about his family’s background history and about his College years that he had gone to Oxford College where he earned many badges for many European Countries. In A Farewell to Arms, many upcoming events from the war lead the two happily united love partners to separate and take their own ways because of their jobs and then they reunite back together when Fredrick is severely injured by a bomb and is taken to a nearby hospital in which Catherine is the head, leading nurse and she takes care of him and they get married.
In conclusion, The Great Gatsby is not related to A Farewell to Arms because of the ways the two aurthoprs express themselves. Fitzgerald uses a more reflective style of writing while Hemingway uses a more self-interest style with its theme, characters, and plot. The styles in which the characters are described are very different in both of the books. The Great Gatsby also has a totally opposite theme than A Farewell to Arms because the themes that are employed by Fitzgerald’s book, are more about corruption of American youth and the education of young Americans while in Hemingway’s book, the themes are related to war and love. The plot from A Farewell to Arms is also very much different from the plot in The Great Gatsby . These two books could never be compared due to their style in which the author has written them.
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