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The Great Gatsby, Written By F. Scott Fitzgerald. An Essay About Three Major Themes Throughout The Book. Includes Quotes From Characters.

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Have you ever taken the time to analyze human nature in its purest form? F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby to model the citizens of the nation. Through romance, materialism, and morality the characters reflect how people as a whole react in different situations. We as human beings are not perfect and our flaws have been exposed throughout this novel. This novel was written years ago and I ask have we remained the same? Or would Fitzgerald be proud to know that humans have changed for the better.In this novel romance is not defined as love but as strong feelings and the actions that come from those feelings. The definition encompasses all that Gatsby is. He has built his world around his one true love, Daisy. His lifelong desire to possess her is evident when he purchases a house that overlooks the bay to her home. He is so in love with Daisy that he assumes that her feelings are just as strong as his. He represents this when he gets into an argument with Tom. "She never loved you, do you hear? She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me!" (137). He has also envisioned a perfect life with Daisy and he has awaited this moment for so long that he actually makes himself believe that he is the one and only love of Daisy's life. Even after he has apparently lost Daisy he still hangs on to his dream. "He couldn't possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do. He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn't bear to shake him free." (155).Daisy's idea of romance is very childish. She loves the excitement, the chase of romance, rather than actually being in love. She chose to display her affection for Gatsby in her own home, "As he left the room again she got up and went over to Gatsby, and pulled his face down kissing him on the mouth." (122). This scene is simply a display of devotion and lust as her actions speak louder than words when she decides not to leave Tom. She enjoyed the thrill of an affair, but her true feelings turned out to be mediocre. After Tom and Gatsby got into a heated argument, she didn't act on her words about leaving Tom. She stayed with him and didn't leave with Gatsby as she said she was going to. "He was talking intently across the table at her and in his earnestness his hand had fallen upon and covered her own. Once in a while she looked at him and nodded in agreement." (152).Can money buy you happiness? We have all asked ourselves or been asked this very same question. The presence of money and material items is a strong theme throughout the novel. Tom surrounds himself with all of the material possessions money can buy. Everything in his life, right down to his wife and child is a possession, merely another thing he holds ownership of. He enjoys knowing he owns so many things and being in control of each and every one of them. Nick describes Tom's house as, "even more elaborate than I...

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