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

Characteristics Of Mulan Compared To Characters In The Great Gatsby

3111 words - 13 pages

As Mulan from the Disney movie Mulan, looks in a pool of water, contemplating her life, she sings, “Who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me? Why is my reflection someone I don’t know? … When will my reflection show, who I am inside?” (Mulan). Mulan is stuck between a rock and a hard place because people do not see her in the same way she sees herself. Being a tomboy, Mulan does not act like a traditional Chinese girl. Later in the movie, she becomes a strong soldier, willing and ready to fight in battle in place of her father. Mulan’s physique in the army camp shows her strength and independence externally, while on the inside, she seems young and naïve. These characteristics of Mulan also “reflect” characters in The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the people of the 1920s. As real life soldiers come back from the war, they seem really strong and willing to do anything. However, inside America, the soldiers and all people do not have anything to do, looking to countless parties, alcoholism, and more, as a way to escape their lives. Relating to the real people during the 1920s, characters in The Great Gatsby also show signs of escapism and materialism. Due to their need to always have something on their minds and keep busy, Gatsby (because of his love and mansion), Daisy (because of her relationships and desires), and Tom (because of his wealth and emotions) in The Great Gatsby reflect the excesses of the 1920s.

As Gatsby buys his house in West Egg, he reveals his motivation to chase the American Dream. First off, commenting on Gatsby’s green light, the Marshall Cavendish Corporation states, “I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock… his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him… Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us” (Corporation 1517). The Marshall Cavendish Corporation explains how Gatsby reveals he still believes in the “green light” even if it is impractical. He pursues “the light” without hesitation, not caring about problems surrounding him. The green light at the end of Daisy’s dock represents a metaphor for Gatsby’s American Dream. Little does he know, his pursuit of the green light represents his form of escapism, as he is unaware of the pursuit of his dreams keeps him from realizing reality. In addition, explaining Gatsby’s American Dream, MaryJean and Dalton Gross argue, “Gatsby’s ultimate innocence lies in his love for Daisy Buchanan, or, rather, in the form that love takes. Gatsby’s love is almost a caricature of what were then common attitudes. Middle class and upper class women were expected to be objects of worship… they inspired men to achieve and produce. Their role was to spend money conspicuously but with taste. These women were in the very dangerous and stressful position of being idealized and yet being...

Find Another Essay On Characteristics of Mulan Compared to Characters in The Great Gatsby

Compassion and Profit compared in The Great Gatsby

988 words - 4 pages Imagine walking through the crowded streets of New York, surrounded by dreamers and those willing to allocate their money at the tip of a hat; Passing "cake eaters" (ladies men)driving the latest motor caars and women dressed in their finest attire. It's no wonder Scott Fitzgerald set his novel, The Great Gatsby" in the decade that earns the title, "the roaring twenties." Throughout the novel, there is an evident comparison between the themes of

The Role of Female Characters in American Literature: The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath

1166 words - 5 pages For readers who observe literature through a feminist lens, they will notice the depiction of female characters, and this makes a large statement on the author’s perception of feminism. Through portraying these women as specific female archetypes, the author creates sense of what roles women play in both their families and in society. In books such as The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the roles

How characters judge people in the great gatsby

1467 words - 6 pages ​The Great Gatsby is a novel that written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. Nick Carraway who is the neighbor of Gatsby tells the stories among Gatsby, Tom, Daisy and Jordan Baker. Nick used to live in the Midwest, but he moved to West Egg, Long Island later. There he becomes the neighbor of Gatsby who is an affluent billionaire of West Egg, and Gatsby has connections with Daisy who is Nick’s cousin. When Nick first meets Daisy at her husband

Dominant Characters in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1735 words - 7 pages retreated into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” (Fitzgerald 179). In Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, he describes Tom and Daisy Buchanon as careless due to their manipulation and use of other characters, including Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, and even each other, to result in negative outcomes for those affected. Tom Buchanan often manipulated

The Characters of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

2085 words - 8 pages both characters have great amounts of wealth, they are almost complete opposites due the way in which they acquired their wealth. Tom and Gatsby are very similar in their wealth and lavishness. Gatsby spends his money on any whim, regardless of what it may cost. His parties, for example, cost him huge amounts and are held almost every weekend. Trucks must bring in the food, and the servants work all day to prepare and organize the grounds

Stereotypes and Stereotyping of Characters of The Great Gatsby

1050 words - 4 pages those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax". (The Great Gatsby, 12)  Then after one of his many affairs, he takes his perfect Southern Belle wife off to the east to bask in their money and to care very little about anyone else around them.    Throughout the novel, very little is really known about the characters.  Except for brief moments of conversation with Nick, the

Symbolism behind the names of the female characters in The Great Gatsby - American Literature - Essay

1677 words - 7 pages together (“Biography for Jordan”). The names of the female characters in The Great Gatsby reflect certain underlying and crucial characteristics to their personalities. Jordan Baker’s name comes from two car companies (“Biography for Jordan”) and is a unisex name, which represents her masculinity and the contrasts between her and many other women during the 1920s. Myrtle Wilson relates to the myrtle plant both physically and symbolically in the book

Character analysis of characters in the GREAT GATSBY. Includes quotes and in depth information. by MUNDEAZY

789 words - 3 pages travels to New York to learn the bond business. He lives in the West Egg district of Long Island, next door to Gatsby. Nick is also Daisy's cousin, which enables him to observe and assist the resurgent love affair between Daisy and Gatsby. Because of his relationship to these two characters, Nick is the perfect choice to narrate the novel, which functions as a personal memoir of his experiences with Gatsby. Nick is also well suited to narrating The

Jay Gatsby: The Dissolution of a Dream. Talks about one of the characters in Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"

861 words - 3 pages A dream is defined in the Webster's New World Dictionary as: afanciful vision of the conscious mind; a fond hope or aspiration; anythingso lovely, transitory, etc. as to seem dreamlike. In the beginning pagesof F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway, thenarrator of the story gives us a glimpse into Gatsby's idealistic dreamwhich is later disintegrated. 'No- Gatsby turned out all right at the end;it is what preyed on 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

To what extent do The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby use symbolism to develop the reader’s understanding of the characters?

2120 words - 9 pages In The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby, symbols are used consistently by the writers throughout the novel to cause Holden and Gatsby to behave and react in specific ways. By doing this, the authors allow the reader to see the full multi-dimensional character intended for us to read, and not the persona they portray. Salinger uses symbolism as a subtle way of communicating Holden’s emotions and vulnerabilities to the reader, and symbolism

Similar Essays

Characters In The Great Gatsby Essay

723 words - 3 pages first big golf tournament there was a row that nearly reached the newspapers- a suggestion that she had moved her ball from a bad lie in the semi-final round” (57) Fitzgerald’s major theme is based on The American Dream, The Pursuit Of Happiness. Gatsby does everything in his power to win Daisy back. She is his happiness. He redesigns his entire world to make it into one she would like to live in. When Nick learns of all of this about Gatsby, he

The Great Gatsby Characters Essay

981 words - 4 pages The Great Gatsby- Character Studies What are the main Characters in The Great Gatsby? The two characters are Nick Caraway and Tom Buchanan. Nick tries to please everyone and is very moral, whereas Tom pleases himself, and is immoral.At the start of the book, Nick is a typical American country boy. He believes that he always must be polite and considerate, as Nick says in p 7: he believes "a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out

The Great Gatsby Characters Essay

1008 words - 4 pages The Great Gatsby- Character Studies By Aaron Francis What are the main Characters in The Great Gatsby? The two characters are Nick Caraway and Tom Buchanan. Nick tries to please everyone and is very moral, whereas Tom pleases himself, and is immoral.At the start of the book, Nick is a typical American country boy. He believes that he always must be polite and considerate, as Nick says in p 7: he believes "a sense of the fundamental

The Colorful Characters Of The Great Gatsby

2526 words - 11 pages . Gatsby and Myrtle at a first glance seem to have nothing in common, yet through further analysis of the characters they seem to have a great deal of the same traits and interests. Gatsby and Myrtle both come from poor families and are trying to climb the ladder to their wealth and succession. They are both dreamers, they aren’t content with how their lives are. Grok records the color blue as “calmness, tranquility…contentment, gratification