gatsby - The USA is a country founded on the principles of freedom and equality huck fin is a novel about slavery and radical inequality Were also a

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The USA is a country founded on the principles of freedom and equality; huck fin is a novel about slavery and radical inequality. We’re also a nation that believes in the American dream, we pride ourselves on our lack of aristocracy and the quality of opportunity but Gatsby is a novel about our de facto aristocracy and the limits of American opportunity I mean daisy Buchannan… Mr. Green I hate everything about this stupid collection of first world problems passing for a novel but my hatred of that willa cathering loser daisy Buchannan burns with the fire of a thousand suns. Ugh me from the past, here’s the thing you’re not supposed to like daisy Buchannan at least not in the uncomplicated way that you like, say, cupcakes, Sidenote: marabration? I don’t know where you got the idea that the quality of a novel should be judged by the likability of its characters but let me submit to you that daisy buchannon doesn’t have to be likable to be interesting. Furthermore most of what makes her unlikable – her sense of entitlement, her limited empathy, her inability to make difficult choices, are the very same things that make YOU unlikable. That’s the pleasure and challenge of reading great novels. You get to see yourself as others see you. And you get to see others as they see themselves So today were gonna focus on the American dream and how it plays out in the great Gatsby. Spoiler alert some petals fall off the daisy. So lets begin with the characters. From the first chapter we know three things about our narrarator nick caraway, by the way get it? Care away. 1- Nick grew up in the Midwest then moved to new yorks west egg and then something happened that made him move back to the Midwest 2- Also he is prone to the use of high- falutin language as when he introduces jay gastby by saying “Gatsby turned allright in the end, it was what prayed on Gatsby what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.” That dream by the way with all of its foul dust is the American dream 3- Finally nick is ritch and he got ritch by not working but by having a rich ancestor who paid someone off to serve in the civil war on his behalf which allowed nicks ancestor to spend the civil war making money So hows that for equal opportunity. And then theres Gatsby about whom we learn absolutely nothing in chapter 1 excepmt for the aforementioned foul dust floating in the wake of his dreams and that he had a quote “extrordinarty gift for hope” This extraordinary gift for hope is the essential fact of Gatsby and also many romantic leads – from romeo to Edward cullen to henry the VIII who might have given up on several of his wives but never gave up on the idea of love (oh how love can make you lose your head) All these people share a creepy belief that id they just get the thing they want –the thing being a female human being- (so literal, the objectification) then they’ll finally be happy. We have a word for this. Its called objectification.

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