Zheng Zhong - The Great Gatsby

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Zheng Zhong Professor Rose English Composition II 27 July 2013 The Great Gatsby Francis Scott Fitzgerald wrote his masterpiece The Great Gatsby in a very satirical way. In his work, Fitzgerald wanted to stress the defects, fallacies, and ignorance of the American society and the paradigms of the American Dream through the main character, Jay Gatsby, and his hopes that the past does not matter. One thing that the author managed to turn into a great success is the fact that the novel discusses people with lives that resemble our own, with all the complexities and emotions. Jay Gatsby is a character with many defects, flaws, and fallacies that made him appear quite fascinating and made the novel both comic and tragic. In this book, Fitzgerald describes the booming period after World War One. People were forgetting about the tragedies of the war and were trying to carry on with their lives. The economy was doing quite well, and on the whole, that period was regarded as very prosperous. However, there was a one thing that America of in that period was famous for – prohibition. Any kind of involvement in making or distributing alcohol was considered as serious violation of law. The main character, Jay Gatsby, was born in a poor family in North Dakota. For that reason, Gatsby strived to advance his position and he really tried hard for it. Eventually he succeeded and became a very wealthy man. Jay Gatsby made his money as an alcohol smuggler. Gatsby’s character is built on fallacies that rise from this strange behavior.
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On top of doing illegal things, Jay Gatsby had many other personal deficiencies that caused his life to be shiny but tragic. Gatsby had a very complex personality, but one thing in particular seemed very interesting to me. Gatsby believed that when he becomes rich, the society would disregard his past and accept him as equal. This is an obvious fallacy. He is no different than mobsters who go to church. Spending money and organizing just cannot change the fact that Gatsby was poor and that he was a smuggler. It is important to understand that all these character flaws are rooted in the fact that he was ashamed of being a farmer from North Dakota. His belief that growing up on the farm is not worth of respect was incorrect. Nonetheless, it was that belief that helped him get everything. Fitzgerald used this book to criticize the society for turning to the money- oriented way of life. At that time it was not important how you are as a person, but how much money you have. While reading, I got the sense that Gatsby grew up as a modest, honest, and moral man. It was when he fell in love that he developed this idea to make money. This is because Daisy was the perfect
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