Great Gatsby and Invisible Man

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000000 1 Student ID: 00000000 Engl 3351, Section 0000 19 February 2007 The Societies of The Great Gatsby and Invisible Man In The Great Gatsby and Invisible Man , society deeply affects the protagonists of both novels. Gatsby and Jack-the-Bear willingly enter a group in the hope of using the members to reach their personal goal. While Gatsby uses his extravagant parties and reputation to make Daisy fall in love with him, Jack-the-Bear uses the men in his town for education, equality, and a better life. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ralph Ellison use their protagonists’ actions as a means of critiquing society. Gatsby and Jack-the-Bear are aggressive individuals, but society directs their spirits and sways their ambitions. Readers can identify with the protagonists and relate to their journeys, making the novels two of the most memorable stories of American literature. Readers can see that in the process of trying to attain their goals, the protagonists do not realize the extent of the influence that the members of society have over them. Only with personal insight into the lives of the two men can readers identify them as protagonists. The initial intentions of Gatsby and Jack-the-Bear are good- natured, but their actions reflect the intent of their society. Throughout both novels, readers can see what the protagonists cannot. Gatsby and Jack-the-Bear go about business relationships as means to an end while readers observe deals with suspicious and sometimes outright crooked men. As Gatsby surfaces in the rich community of New York as an extravagant man, he must maintain his reputation for love. To continue his courtship of Daisy, Gatsby must continue to make excessive amounts of money quickly. The only way society will allow fast money is through illegal business of alcohol and stolen security trade. The novel does not mention Gatsby’s skills at
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000000 2 crafts or trades, which tell readers his talents are not even an option for earning money. Gatsby has trapped himself in a deceitful tangle of decadence and dishonesty but his actions and extravagance is all for Daisy. His lavishness is over-the-top, as Nick Carraway observes Gatsby’s preparation for a regular party in Chapter Three of the novel. “At least once a fortnight a corps of caterers came down with several hundred feet of canvas and enough colored lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby’s enormous garden.” (44). Although Gatsby must use deceitful actions for all his purchases of his mansion, airplanes, and boats, his reputation does precede him to Daisy as seen through Nick Carraway. Gatsby does not physically appear to the narrator until after rumors and information about his character are well known to Carraway. When he does
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