people into contemplation leading them to confront something commensurate to

People into contemplation leading them to confront

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people into “contemplation,” leading them to confront something “commensurate to [their] capacity for wonder,” and this provoked thought process reflects a type of imprisonment. While people bring their new ideals to the United States, they realize that the prior development of the country encloses these latest perspectives into the confines of an individual’s thought. The use of prepositions breaks the rhythm of the earlier fluidity, finally illustrating the shattered new perspectives of those coming back from World War I. At the founding of these ideals, people were “face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to [their] capacity for wonder.” Fitzgerald’s uneven syntax relays the inevitability of failure of their new perspectives. Fitzgerald’s historical references provide evidence for a pattern of deserted hopes and dreams due to the transient nature of ideas. He mentions the awe at the discovery of the New World, when “man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent.” He also discusses people’s “æsthetic contemplation” on this new life they “neither understood nor
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desired.” The power of the freshness of the land left settlers speechless in “wonder,” yet there remained no lasting appreciation for the discovery, as these thoughtful observations were unable to be fully interpreted. By traveling to America, the settlers forever changed the course of history. This encounter was “the last time in history” that people would come “face to face” with something equal to their “capacity for wonder.” With each new innovation and modernization, the country forever changed and the initial reactions to the country’s vast expanses became nonexistent. People became used to the novelties, making the dreams of everyone too slow to
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