Analyzing The Not So Great American Dream

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Analyzing The “Not So” Great American Dream In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author uses certain words to enhance the descriptions and setting of the novel. Fitzgerald uses these unique words: flounced, in chapter two, and boisterously and rancor, in chapter seven. Illustrations from the Jazz Age show women having fun dancing, with curly bobbed hair, and strands of pearls flying everywhere. The words flounced and boisterously match these images, because of the movement and sense of fun that existed during the Jazz Age. The word rancor reflects the feelings of rebellious actions that became common with women in the 1920s. When Fitzgerald created this novel, his vocabulary choices reflected a specific time period in America, known as the Jazz Age, and he was able to turn these words, flounced, boisterously and rancor, into symbols of the theme of the novel, the American Dream. The first word that requires a definition and an explanation in the context of the novel is “flounced.” The definition of flounced is “to go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner.” (Oxford English Dictionary. “flounced”). In chapter two of the novel, Tom buys Myrtle a puppy. At this point, Myrtle is angry with Tom because she knows that she will never be as perfect as Daisy is in Tom’s eyes. She flounces to demonstrate her anger, but she kisses her puppy to prove to Tom that she has another outlet for love in her life. “Then she flounced over to the dog, kissed it with
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