The Complex Themes Hidden in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“The great Gatsby” is an inspiring novel written by the famous American author Scott Fitzgerald. The novel was published in 1925. It is regarded as Scott’s supreme achievement and also as a masterwork in American literature, and it’s entirely justified. Its theme is far more complex than a simple love story. It tells about the corruption of the American dream, the broken promise of “equality for all” and the fact that you can’t be “whatever you want”. The novel is concerned with Jay Gatsby’s life, who is the protagonist of the story and perhaps American’s literature most powerful character.Gatsby lives a …show more content…

A dominant characteristic in the narrator’s voice is his irony. For example when daisy asks him whether anyone has missed her in Chicago he replies by saying: “The whole town is desolate. All the cars have the left rear wheel painted black as a mourning wreath and there’s a persistent wail all night along the North Shore.’ ( the great gatsby, Pg.12)
As well as later when daisy asks him if he wants to know what happened to the Butler’s nose nick replies
“ that’s why I came over tonight” ( the great gatsby, page 17)

The point of view in which caraway narrates is both in the first person and the third as well. Perhaps this is one of the things that made “The great Gatsby” such a remarkable work. The author shifts the point of view from first person to third person omniscient and sometimes partly omniscient. He uses the other characters as narrators of the story and so makes his novel While Nick talks in the first person, he presents things as he sees them and the reader has the chance to participate in the discovery of truths and so observes much of the events firsthand from Nick’s eyes.

Scott was one of the first writers to use this technique, because back then most of the stories were told in the first person.
It was a wise choice from the author for making nick as the narrator of the story. He

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