The great gatsby

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This extract belongs to the novel “ The Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel is se in Long Island, New York, in the 1920’s, the story is narrated by Nick Carraway, a New Yorkstockbroker. Nick’s wealthy neighbour, Jay Gatsby, attempts to win back the love of Daisy Buchannan a woman he had known in the past, but fails to persuade Daisy to leave her husband, Tom. George Wilson,who mistakenly believes Gatsby to be his wife’s lover, subsequently murders Gatsby.

This fragment belongs to the ending of the novel where the narrator is lying on Gatsby’s beach and staring at thedarkness of the night.

In the extract the author uses imagery and linguistic features to represent the hollowness of the American Society, the American Dream and the universal theme of Green Light.In one hand , the shallowness of the American society is shown where the narrator describes the houses surrounding him as being “ incoherent failure” and “inessential”, the narrator portrays thehouses as being not natural and unreal. This represents the society as being superficial and empty without a concrete meaning. There is the use of irony to represent the society materialism and howthey exploited Gatsby for his parties. “ a final guest who had been away at the ends of the earth and didn’t know that the party was over”. It uses irony to symbolize the superficiality of Gatsby’s`friends’ and his loneliness in the world.

In the other hand , the American Dream is shown by the constant reference to the space-time limitations that both Gatsby and the colonist confront toachieve their goal. Gatsby goal was to win back Daisy from Tom, but he fails to realize her true nature and dies tragically. The colonist when they first encountered with the contient they saw apossibility to start again and omit all the mistakes that they made in the old continent, they saw America as the opportunity to start from zero and start their life as who they wanted to be. The narrator...
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