Ambiguity In The Great Gatsby

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It is often said that certain literary works and characters within such works represent real-world issues. In the work The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the character of Gatsby is shrouded in ambiguity to the reader, providing them with a possibility for personal interpretation. In the work, Gatsby’s character develops from a character representing materialism and a fixation on status to one filled with humility and selflessness for his romantic devotion towards the character of Daisy. Through this shift, the reader is provided with insight in order to draw parallels between Gatsby and two distinct periods in American history. The materialistic side of Gatsby, driven by wealth and his status in Long Island, represents the moral corruption and materialistic desires of America in the 1920s, whereas the romantically devoted Gatsby represents wartime America, devoted to sacrifice and nobility. The contrast within the life of Gatsby allows for a profound insight into the significance of the work as a representation of changing American values. The beginning of the book sees Gatsby as a status of wealth and fame. The reader is, through the first-hand account of the narrator Nick, allowed to have a glimpse into the lavish nature of Gatsby's parties. Fitzgerald uses irony in order to solidify the understanding of the reader as to the nature of Gatsby’s gathering. Referring to Gatsby’s invitation to Nick, it reads“The honor would be entirely Gatsby’s, it said, if I would
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