The Great Gatsby
by f. Scott Fitzgerald
Theme One -- The false promis of wealth and materialism
This novel is a story about a very exclusive social circle of upper class people. The character of Jay Gatsby a.k.a James Gatz, was born a poor farmer boy fell inlove with one of the girls in this group. Her name was Daisy, they met when he was in the war. He made it his life goal to become extremely wealthy and win her heart. He then became one of the riches men in New York City. With his money he bought a huge manchine right across the bay from Daisy's house where she lived with her husband Tom Buchanan. Throughout throwing extravagant parties and having Daisy for a moment Gatsby is still not happy. Daisy was never going to leave Tom. In the end Gatsby is killed because he was framed but Daisy and Tom of killing Tom's mistress Myrtle. Only three people showed up to his Funeral. This shows that money does not create happiness.
Theme Two -- Realationships among the socioeconomic classes (e.g., old money vs. new money; the wealthy vs. the poor)
In this novel it is not very hard to tell the difference between old money and new money. Just by the way people treat on another you can tell who was born into their wealth and those who have earned it. For example Daisy was born into her wealth and married a man who too was born into him money. Gatsby on the other hand was not, he worked hard and invested in very risky and illegal things to have him money. Even though he told a tail of loosing his family and inheriting his fortune he did not fit in with the others. Daisy did not see him as one of her kind and did not show any interest until seeing his home and things for herself. Another example would be Nick Caraway and Jordan. Nick was not necessarily rich. He lived in a small house and did not have glamorous things. Jordan was born into money and was very close friends with the Buchanan's. Nick has true feelings for Jordan and she did not share these feelings back. Even though they had been seeing each other, and it was not official, Jordan did not hesitate to become engaged to someone who shared her social status.
Theme Three -- The moral corruption of American society
Jay Gatsby did not only use his house to show off to Daisy and try to prove to her that he was just as good as her, he also used it to throw extravagant parties. He would throw huge events nearly every single night. People would be dancing and drinking all night long, and having a good time. All these people using Gatsby and pretending to like him because he was the man who would let 100s of people come over and have fun. You would think Gatsby was the most loved person in all of New York. You would assume that if something tragic were to happen to him people would be heart-broken. Well not exactly, after Gatsby was shot everyone who pretended to be his friend just went on with there lives. Not one of them even showed up to his funeral. Is society really this corrupt? This shows how social classes really determine how important you are to some people. Just because Gatsby wasn't one of "them" they disrespected him while he was living until after his death.
Theme Four -- Appearance vs. reality
In the novel The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby was madly in love with Daisy. They had met and fallen in love when the were very young. Gatsby was in the war and Daisy was only 18. Gatsby remembers her as so sweet and delicate. He developed an idea of her in his head for so long that she became this perfect women and he had to have her. He made it his goal in life to become rich and successful so that they could live happily ever after. He thought that their love was so strong and that she was madly in love with him too. He was so blinded by his imagination that he believed that she would leave her husband and child and run away with him. Daisy on the other hand had changed a lot since the last time they were together. She had forgotten about Gatsby and moved on with her life. So the appearance that Gatsby was seeing was the Daisy he used to know an wanted her to be. But the reality was that she was nothing like the Daisy he had met and fallen for. She was now even more shallow and cold and moved on leaving him behind.
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