F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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As World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II were occurring, America was in a time of uncertainty and questioning. Therefore, in following with the feeling of the American people, American writers often followed this theme of confusion in their writing, creating the age of Modernism. During the time period of Modernism, writers often included the themes of uncertainty, disjointedness, and disillusionment in their works. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, these three themes of uncertainty, disjointedness, and disillusionment are portrayed through three main characters Daisy, Tom, and Gatsby, respectively. To begin, Daisy reveals uncertainty in The Great Gatsby. First, as Jordan, Daisy’s friend, tells the story of the day before Daisy and Tom’s wedding, she says that on that day Daisy proclaimed, “Tell em’ all that Daisy’s change’ her mine. Say, ‘Daisy’s change’ her mine!’” Uncertainty is shown in Daisy’s heart in mind. In her heart, she still loves Gatsby; however, her mind tells her to marry Tom. Therefore, on this day, she was uncertain about her decision. Next, Daisy shows uncertainty when she says to Gatsby in front of Tom in the downtown plaza, “I never loved him.” Uncertainty is seen because she says this “with perceptible reluctance.” This means that Daisy was hesitant to tell Gatsby that she never loved Tom; her heart and mind were confused! Finally, Daisy’s uncertainty is shown again in the previous setting when she says to Tom in regards to
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