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Carolyn Gerdeman Composition 2 Final draft Instructor: Mrs. Briese 6 May 2010 Critical analysis of The Great Gatsby Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald is born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota; where from 1908 to 1911 he attends the St. Paul Academy private school, and publishes his first short stories in the school magazine Now and Then (“F. Scott Fitzgerald” 2). At St. Paul, Fitzgerald writes plays and performs in school productions, however, poor grades force him to withdrawal and enroll into a new school. Fitzgerald attends Princeton University in 1913, where he composes lyrics and writes for a magazine. However, in 1916 Fitzgerald is forced to again withdraw from school because of his poor grades (“The Great Gatsby” 2). In 1925 The Great Gatsby, a novel of forsaken love, is published and receives positive critical commentary but does not sell well. Fitzgerald dies on December 21, 1940 by a heart attack and “After Fitzgerald's death in 1940, his work— particularly The Great Gatsby—received increasing attention, and Gatsby is now considered a classic”(Bloom 1). Although The Great Gatsby previously suffers a poor sales record, after Fitzgerald's death the novel receives more attention and is considered a classic filled with intense symbolism and irony. Since F. Scott Fitzgerald shows a vast amount of symbolism and irony in The Great Gatsby , Jay Gatsby’s failures are more apparent.
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Throughout The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald capitalizes on the failures of a person with an ample amount of money and other material possessions. For example, Gatsby wastes a majority of life earning material objects instead of chasing the one he loves, and when he finally believes she is within his grasp she betrays him. Also, the novel consists of vast amounts of symbolism. Throughout the novel Fitzgerald capitalizes on the fantasy of a rich life with wonderful paraphernalia that the common Americans dream of and Gatsby eventually achieves. However Fitzgerald also discusses the destruction that the Buchanans; such as Daisy’s show of love for Gatsby, yet she refuses to leave her husband, “…Daisy’s voice was playing murmurous tricks in her throat” (Fitzgerald 105). This statement indicates that she is sneakily leading on Gatsby and is possible of betrayal. In addition Daisy causes destruction to Gatsby’s life by hitting Myrtle Wilson with Gatsby’s car and then letting him take responsibility for Myrtle’s death. After Myrtle was killed and the rumors of Gatsby as the murderer are well known, Daisy and Tom leave town and separate themselves from the chaos. Although before they leave, Tom leads Mr. Wilson to believe that Gatsby was having an affair with his wife and that he was the person who murdered her. Although the Buchanans brought great destruction into their lives and Gatsby’s, Gatsby still loves Daisy. Furthermore, the usage of light throughout the novel generally symbolizes either Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy, or emphasizes the loneliness Gatsby experiences.
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