Literature Review: "The Great Gatsby" Essay

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The Great Gatsby
By
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is by far one of the most interesting yet congested books I have ever read. I feel as if the story is shifting as soon as I was able to tell what was happening. One idea that was constant was the themes, symbols and motifs used throughout. Love and the seduction of money, to me, were the most influential themes that I noticed in the book.
Instead of picking them apart I would like to combine them. They worked in synchronicity, together, to define the environment, characters, style of life during that time. When I say that time, I mean the 1920’s American life style. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s characters were only interested in money, like many in that time
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The love that supposedly existed between Gatsby and Daisy was a one sided battle, that ended in death. What F. Scott Fitzgerald did that was very impressive was use the weather to exemplify love in this novel.
This motif of weather really surprised me. I took me a while to notice how that the weather matched the emotion of this novel. When ever Fitzgerald made a point about the weather, it helps to describe the emotional tone of what is going on. In chapter V when Gatsby gets Nick to set up a meeting with his lost love daisy, Gatsby uses rain and dismal weather which helps set the tone for the affair that is about to take place between Daisy and Gatsby. “They had forgotten me, but Daisy glanced up and held out her hand; Gatsby didn’t know me at all. I looked once more at them and they looked back at me, remotely, possessed by intense life. Then I went down the marble steps into the rain, leaving them there together” (Fitzgerald 96). Then once again weather is used to support the atmosphere. When Tom confronts Gatsby about the affair with his wife, Fitzgerald sets the weather as being extremely hot and scorching. This mirrors the emotions that were present at that time. Lastly, Fitzgerald once more calls upon the weather for Gatsby death. The summer is over and it is the first day of fall. This represents that time has moved on and the past can’t be redone. His death was part of…

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