The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby - 982 Doesnt it always seem as though rich...

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982 Doesn’t it always seem as though rich and famous people are larger- than-life and virtually impossible to touch, almost as if they were a fantasy? In The Great Gatsby, set in two wealthy communities, East Egg and West Egg, Fitzgerald describes Gatsby as a Romantic, larger- than-life, figure by setting him apart from the common person. Fitzgerald sets Gatsby in a fantasy world that, based on illusion, is of his own making. Gatsby’s possessions start to this illusion. He lives in an extremely lavish mansion. “It is a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden.” It models an extravagant castle with a European style. Indoors it has “Marie Antoinette music- rooms and restoration salons.” There is even a “Merton College Library, paneled with imported carved English oak and thousands of volumes of books.” There is even a private beach on his property. He also has his own personal hydroplane. Gatsby also drives a highly imaginative, “circus wagon”, car that “everybody had seen. It is a rich cream color with nickel and has a three-noted horn.” It has a “monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes, supper-boxes, tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields and a green leather conservatory.” Other than
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.

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