Nature Vs Nurture In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, republished in 1995, is a fictional novel meant to describe the efforts of a lower born man to achieve his unreachable dream of capturing the interest and marrying the woman of a higher class despite the social restrictions of the time period. He displays the figures in the story through a stereotypical, of the 1920s, light as he writes out their background and incorporates the setting. He often writes his settings and characters’ background in the light of the common belief about the classes of the society while making it relatable through the wide use of religious identifiers in the setting. The setting and the background of the characters are intrinsic parts of the developing identities of Fitzgerald’s characters. In recent times, there is a constant debate on nature versus nurture and which as the biggest impact on our identities. In 2007, Sean Mcleod published an article which stated, “Nature is what we think of as pre-wiring and is influenced by genetic inheritance and other biological factors. Nurture is generally taken as the influence of external factors after conception e.g. the product of exposure, experience and learning on an individual.” In other words, someone’s background and social class in an example of nature while the area the characters live in and the activities the characters partake in is the nurture of their identity. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s setting, or the nurture of the characters, has shaped

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