This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

American Culture, Wealth, And Similar Themes In The Great Gatsby, The Story Of An Hour And Orientation

953 words - 4 pages

F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote The Great Gatsby, was an author known for questioning the social "norms" of his time. His book The Great Gatsby was no different as he tackled the idea of class and wealth which was present during his time-period. The narrator becomes friends with Gatsby who represents new wealth. As they get closer, Gatsby takes him to meet with Wolfsheim, who helped Gatsby gain his wealth. Nick, the narrator, described it like this:

The idea staggered me. I remembered, of course, that the World's Series had been fixed in 1919, but if I had thought of it at all I would have thought of it as a thing that merely happened, the end of some inevitable chain. It never occurred ...view middle of the document...

.. carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory.” Then Mrs. Mallard dies in her sister’s waist. We get this last sentence: “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease-- of the joy that kills.” This story seems to hint towards the theme of substance vs. reality. American culture encourages marriage but “the Story of an Hour” condemns it and questions it for its many flaws. The story points out the flaws in marriage like the fact that you sacrifice independence and freedom. This is what the story focuses on.

. The short story “Orientation” by Daniel Orozco condemns American culture because of the way it dismisses character flaws and focuses on their job. “Orientation” starts with the tour lady guiding the main character. The main character is not only getting introduced to the office but also to people he is working with. We get to meet Larry Bagdikian who has 6 daughters and if they would all die “Larry Bagdikain would not have to pay one dime. He would have nothing to worry about.” We also get characters like Gwendolyn Stich who “because her door is always open, she hides and cries in [the] women’s room... She does not let any of this interfere with her work. If it interfered with her work she might be let go.” We also meet Kevin Howard who is a “serial killer” and “Kevin Howard does not let any of this interfere with his work. He is, in fact, [the] fastest typist.” “Orientation” is criticizing American culture because it never looks at the person but whether “it interferes with [his/her] work.” But, he is also criticizing us because we like the main character just accept the job and even question it. Orozco is...

Find Another Essay On American Culture, Wealth, and Similar Themes in The Great Gatsby, The Story of an Hour and Orientation

Motifs and themes in the great Gatsby - A-level - Essay

1357 words - 6 pages pure colour therefore portraying to the reader that she is innocent. Therefore, the Great Gatsby is a very visual piece of literature and different colours are used repeatedly for its different characters. Numerous different symbols are used throughout the novel to portray Fitzgerald’s ideas in an abstract way; meaning that his views were implemented within the story however in a subtle and mom-obvious way. One of the key symbols throughout the

The "Great Gatsby by "F. Scott Fitzgerald, a story of morals and American idealism

671 words - 3 pages the palace-like house ofGatsby, the main character of the story. Nick's cousinDaisy and her husband Tom are a well-to-do couple wholive on East Egg which is right across the bay from WestEgg.This story is about a wealthy man Gatsby, whobecomes corrupt, so to say, he doesn't respect the moneywhich was virtually given to him when he was younger sonow the great wealth is out to destroy him in a way.Gatsby takes things for granted because he

Comparing Wealth in The Great Gatsby and Their Eyes Were Watching God

1542 words - 7 pages , earned his wealth, despite it being through questionable means. The characters also used their wealth for different reasons. Gatsby used his wealth in hopes to win back the love of his life, and Janie’s wealth was simply an asset to her. Even though there are many differences in how the characters live, there are similar outcomes (change wording). Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Great Gatsby take place in very different places, but despite

Affairs, Wealth, and Murder in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

2100 words - 8 pages that Gatsby killed his wife. Myrtle’s husband then went to Gatsby’s home and killed him as well as himself (Sutton). Once Nick discovered that Gatsby was deceased, he figured out that Tom and Daisy ended up running away together to overlook all of the problems they formed (Fitzgerald 164). In the Great Gatsby, there is an abundance of wealth. Both West and East Egg are both tremendously wealthy (Baker). The only underprivileged place in The Great

Wealth and Glamour in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1727 words - 7 pages The Great Gatsby set in the glistening and glittering world of wealth and glamour of 1920s Jazz Age in America. However, the story of the poor boy who tried to fulfill the American Dream of living a richer and fuller life ends in Gatsby’s demise. One of the reasons for the tragedy is the corrupting influence of greed on Gatsby. As soon as Gatsby starts to see money as means of transforming his fantasy of winning Daisy’s love into reality, his

Affairs, Wealth, and Murder in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

863 words - 4 pages In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald tells about affairs, describes wealth, and tells about Murder. There are three different murders in The Great Gatsby. An automobile hit and killed Tom’s mistress, Myrtle’s companion shot Jay Gatsby, and Wilson committed suicide. Most of these murders happened as a consequence of the love affairs that happened throughout the book. Two love affairs in particular are a cause for all three of these murders. One was

Wealth and Class in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1808 words - 7 pages In ‘The Great Gatsby’ Fitzgerald criticises the increase of consumerism in the 1920s and the abandonment of the original American Dream , highlighting that the increased focus on wealth and the social class associated with it has negative effects on relationships and the poorest sections of society. The concept of wealth being used as a measure of success and worth is also explored by Plath in ‘The Bell Jar’. Similarly, she draws attention to

Themes in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

750 words - 3 pages Themes in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The American Dream On first glance, The Great Gatsby is about a romance between Gatsby and Daisy. The true theme behind this wonderful novel is not merely romance, but is also a very skeptical view of the extinction of the American dream in the prosperous 19s. This loss of the American dream is shown by Fitzgerald's display of this decade as a morally deficient one. He shows its incredible decadence

The mangled mirage, an essay on the characters of the Great Gatsby and the phony elements within the story

1682 words - 7 pages material success only two people attend his funeral. The cynicism and nihilism in the novel are products of an era that was discovering that even the "American dream" is an illusion. In Fitzgerald's style this is true even for heroes like Gatsby, a man who is described at the beginning of the novel as being in control of life to the point where he even owns a piece of nature when he says: "Something in his leisurely movements and the

Ambition and Opportunity on the Green Breast of the New World: Beyond the Land of Liberty, and Towards the Corrupt Desire for Wealth in "The Great Gatsby"

3322 words - 13 pages , bigotry, discrimination, and inequality remain in all aspects of life upon this green land, and the argument for acceptance continues even after wealth has been gained. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby, the quest for the American Dream is exquisitely crafted and entangled among the contamination of social classes, and through a handful of distinctive characters, Fitzgerald accurately displays the detriment materialism so often brings to

The Great Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald's Contribution to American Culture/Values

1492 words - 6 pages is a refreshing look at the opposite effects of such charms. Gatsby pursued a married woman, had an affair, was left by her, and then died. This is an American tradition that ought to be followed carefully.Through all these ideas and themes, Fitzgerald and the "The Great Gatsby" offer a story of epic proportions. Its influence on American culture exists as a description of our past and as well as a discourse on American sociology. This is a

Similar Essays

Similar Themes Found In The Great Gatsby And Tender Is The Night By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1252 words - 5 pages Different books, despite different storylines, may still address similar themes. What similarities of themes did you find in your paired texts, and how are they obvious in the character's behaviour?       Throughout two of F Scott Fitzgerald's books, ‘The Great Gatsby' and ‘Tender is the Night', comparisons can be made between the themes that are dealt with in each book. These themes that are portrayed, include

The Pursuit Of Wealth, Power, And Pleasure In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

861 words - 4 pages much more than her own husband. Even through this she still chooses Tom for the simple reason that she did not want to give up the lifestyle of being a wealthy and powerful family in the East Egg of Long Island. Gatsby’s love goes to the wayside of wealth and power. The Great Gatsby is a portal to the 1920’s with all of the parties and the pursuit of wealth, power, and pleasure in an era of change. The novel shows the relationship of Gatsby

Greed And Wealth In The Characters Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1087 words - 4 pages In today’s society, people are judged by their values or are frightened to take sacrifices to better benefit their lifestyle. Characters like Gatsby, Tom, Daisy and Myrtle are shown as evidence of greed and how wealth surrounds their values. Fitzgerald uses social commentary to offer a glance of an American life in the 1920s. He carefully sets up his novel into distinct groups, but in the end, each group has its own problems to contend with

Themes Of The Great Gatsby Essay

1393 words - 6 pages . Fitzgerald focuses on the themes of corrupted love, immorality, and the American Dream in order to tell a story that is entertaining to his readers. Love is a feeling between two people that comes with lots of emotions, respect, commitment, trust, honesty, and many other values. In the story The Great Gatsby, the characters within their relationships violate most of these values. Tom and daisy Buchanan got married for all the wrong reasons. Daisy says