Adversity In The Great Gatsby

1118 WordsJun 15, 20175 Pages
Despite the outdated settings and characters in many novels, the stories and the lessons they contain are still valued and relevant to a contemporary society. Books provide the reader with an escape from the adversity of reality and place them in the fantasies and dreams of the main characters. Along with emotion, a novel should teach people lessons and the morality of actions and their consequences. Although some books may vainly appear as obsolete and forgotten, each story shares a different voice and a different perspective of the world. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the rivalry between East Egg and West Egg directly relates to the time period and to modern day society. The idea of progress and the betterment of an…show more content…
Also, in The Great Gatsby, the idea of human nature is illustrated through the affairs and reckless actions of the characters. Similar to how the characters in The Crucible were optimistic of the truth, Gatsby believed in Daisy to confess her love. Ultimately, these misconceptions and optimism led to the deaths during the Salem witch trials and the death of Myrtle, George Wilson, and Gatsby. If Daisy were to have the courage to stand up to her intimidating, abusive husband, then Gatsby would have survived, and they could have lived a better life together. Although the witch trials and the time of Gatsby may be a long time ago, the idea that optimism and blindness by love and truth is a weakness in individuals are still relevant today and can still resonate with the modern reader. The purpose of a story is not solely just to share lessons and truths about human nature but to also share stories of the past. Recognizing history and the knowledge acquired through stories is crucial in growing as an individual and as an entire society. People may be inclined to forget awful wars or events of the past. However, the act of forgetting these stories is an effort to avoid confronting the terrors and mistakes of the past. For instance, in Night, Elie Wiesel’s purpose in writing his memoir on his experiences of the Holocaust and in the death
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