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Antony 2 Sebastian Antony Mrs. Mason Literature 11 11/16/2016 Ambiguous characters in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald that criticizes the “American Dream” and the materialism of society during “The Era of Good Feelings”. The good feelings, however, were entirely superficial, and beneath it there was corruption. These times were full of experimentation as ideas like existentialism and modernism blurred the lines of what was acceptable and what was not. Fitzgerald portrays the Jazz Age through the symbolic characters of Daisy, Nick, and Gatsby. Their moral ambiguity allows plot progressing events so Fitzgerald can reveal how people knowingly choose wrong because it’s easier than making the right decision. Daisy symbolizes superficiality and the rampant materialism at the time. Her name suggests that she is a delicate, pretty character. She fell in love with Gatsby and he went off to the war; it was five years before they saw each other again, but within that time she married Tom for his wealth and the stability it provided. This reveals the extent of her superficiality, as her spirit is fulfilled by material objects. Marius

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