Great Gatsby, Seen In Two Ways.

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“The Great Gatsby”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, written in 1925 is considered to be his best and one of the most exquisite pieces of literature ever written. In the novel, Fitzgerald can relate to all reader emotions. The book can be seen in two separate ways, glamorous, romantic and exciting or on the other hand; crude, corrupt and even disgusting. Fitzgerald shows this throughout the novel in almost all of his characters actions. The setting in his novel continues this theme along with the events that occur. The good and evil in his novel create a lot of depth and this is what makes it a very creative piece of work.The character who creates the most contradiction is Gatsby. As the novel continues Nick creates an unclear image, from his actions towards Daisy helping her but also planning against her. The conflict comes when Gatsby tries to recreate the past, when Daisy and himself were together, by forcing her to forget about Tom. Gatsby’s actions could be considered immoral or romantic. This is shown by Gatsby attempting to live his past because it is something he cannot seem to put behind him.“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”(Page. 106, F. Scott Fitzgerald)Without being able to forget the past, Gatsby commits his life to a romantic dream, of being with his one and only true love, Daisy. Daisy also is a character that is hard to make judgment on because of the dishonesty towards her past with Gatsby. It is difficult to tell whether Daisy is confused about her feelings with all the surrounding conflicts, or if she is being dishonest and taking advantage of the situation.“I did love him once, but I loved you too” (Page126. F. Scott Fitzgerald)This quote shows that Daisy is not in love with neither Tom nor Gatsby. Daisy could be using them to see which one will make her happier or which one of them can support her needs more to her liking. This passage shows this because if she doesn’t love either why would she be with Tom or Gatsby therefore her greed clearly overcomes her happiness. The narrator helps Daisy and Gatsby with their goals but what is his motive? They could be Nick’s strong dislike for Tom’s behavior towards his cousin or to recreate a love of the past. His action can be seen as good and evil.The contradiction of happiness with devastation doesn’t end with the characters. Fitzgerald has multiple settings in his novel that contains great details. Many of these settings give multiple views towards the novel’s overall message.He stretched out his hand desperately as if to snatch only a wisp of air, to save a fragment of the spot that she had made lovely for him. But it was all going by too fast now for his blurred eyes and he knew that he had lost that part of it, the freshest and the best, forever. (Page.145-146, F. Scott Fitzgerald)Gatsby loves the town he once left for war but also hates that when he returned from war;...

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