AP English Language and Composition Exegesis essay - English AP for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this

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English AP “…for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an æsthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder” (F. Scott. Fitzgerald; pg 180, The Great Gatsby) . Life is a combination of lasting memories and passing perspectives. These perspectives change rapidly with every new observation, and many people revise their goals in accordance with their ever-changing interpretations of life. F. Scott Fitzgerald comments on the briefness of certain dreams in his novel The Great Gatsby . He references the European discovery of America, the briefness of the initial reaction to the New World, and the fleeting hopes of those who sought for new and better lives. Fitzgerald compares many of these Europeans to Gatsby and the hopelessness of his goals, which he unknowingly abandons as time passes. The author alludes to the time period in which he lived, where the wild parties and spreading alcoholism were just coping mechanisms for the horrors recognized during the First World War. American soldiers came back to the United States with new perspectives of the country and of the meaning of life itself, yet Fitzgerald expresses the transitory nature of these ideals. The United States of America was already established and these perspectives were really just momentary illusions unable to change the ways that were so firmly set in stone.
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