The Princeton ReviewF.Scott Fitzgeralds interpretation of the 1920s through The Great GatsbyThe novel of The Great Gatsby is an expression of various human traits which impact on many social, moral, ethical and financial levels. This novel is a reflection of mankind, human character and behaviour at its worst and at its best. The Great Gatsby is not a story to be judgemental about, for one we all possess these traits of how we act in times of happiness and misery. Obviously, this isnt only human nature that has inflicted on social status, education and opportunities, these forces do change with time.
Money makes the man is a quote justifying that the money a man earns, establishes how much of a man he really is. But is this still the case in the twenty first century? Or is it just a philosophy? A man was based upon wealth.
Are the readers of today judging their opinions based upon what they are exposed to in novels? The 1920s was a period through which a minority lived and preserved knowledge of. There is one way that we can experience and invision the 1920s is through novels and texts written by authors and people that are familiar with that moment in time. The Great Gatsby created by author F. Scott Fitzgerald (a man who witnessed and lived through the Jazz age) is one of a few novels where readers can get a real interpretation of how the era really was. His interpretation follows through the factors of the 1920s analyzing the values relating to gender, race and status. However, the question is? Are the readers being influenced by writers interpretation and specificly within the discrete techniques that they use? Throughout this article themes such as gender, race andGatsby and Daisy, the two materialistic characters manipulated throughout The Great Gatsbyclass will be conversed about to give a clear understanding of their place in reference to The Great Gatsby.
The Great Gatsby is a contrast between both the disillusion of post-war America and the moral failure of the 1920s society preoccupied with wealth and status. The Great Gatsby was set in the summer of 1922, the novel captures the story of a young man named Nick Carraway therefore he becomes the narrator of this novel. The story unfolds around a man named Jay Gatsby, his is one full of unusual optimism and his efforts to recreate his dreams by applying them into his reality, well he does try.
Authors such as Fitzgerald construct characters subjectively to give a purposefully chosen version of the 1920s. Fitzgerald was born on 24th September 1897 and attended Princeton in 1913 as did the character Nick Carraway in his novel The Great Gatsby, he made a career out of blurring the line between life and art, creating an irresistible image of youth, celebrity and excess. Throughout The Great Gatsby similarities and parallels are noticed between the text and Fitzgeralds life. Some examples include Fitzgeralds love for Zelda which corresponds with Gatsbys...