Analysis Of ' The Great Gatsby And Morrison 's The Bluest Eye '

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Arian Memari
Ms. Duong
AP English Lang
16 August 2015
Solitude Is Fate’s Determiner He who is free does not consent to the “norms” of society—but however takes the path that illustrates the significance of the individual. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance exhibits that the pathway to individualism, creativity, and righteousness is “to believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men…” (Emerson 1) Freedom is the water in the desert—only available to those who know how to find it—the Emersonian genius, present in Ayn Rand’s Anthem, is by far more prone to salvation than that of the coexisting counterpart who will reach an inevitable self-damnation, found in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. Those who focus not on the method of acceptance into society but rather upon the idealism of the importance of solitude are capable of invention—“for only the individual can produce new ideas” (Isaacson 33). Prometheus, from Ayn Rand’s Anthem, is a prime example of an individual who seeks personal gratification and achievement over societal equality. Prometheus is originally very frustrated with his “abnormalities” in that he is aware of his differentiation and uniqueness from his “brothers” within society and tries to transforms into conformity—until he finally had a taste of solitude which marked the instance for his acceptance of being that of the “other.” Prometheus’s world focuses upon the forced

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