The Concept Of Discovery In 'The Great Gatsby'

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Compare and contrast how the texts you have chosen enlighten the audience about the concept of discovery and how they represent these ideas.

Ellen Small

Discovery is a tumultuous process of corruption and greed resulting in the inevitable tragedy to one’s self. The Great Gatsby, a 2013 drama film, examines the negative tones of the American Dream, expressed to the audience through the relationship between the protagonist Jay Gatsby and his often antagonistic and disillusioned Dream. The Hobbit, published in 1937 by J. R. R. Tolkien, is a children's fantasy novel, which intricately explores the internal yearnings of Thorin Oakenshield for his distant home. Ultimately, at the heart of each text is the personal discoveries of the connection to the past which forces their aspirations to remain but golden memories. However, these discoveries are expressed in different mediums and contexts forcing discovery to impact the audience in vastly different ways.

Discovery can provoke contrasting ideologies of society to the audience. The Great Gatsby explores the corruption of what the American Dream had become by the 1920’s. It was perverted into a desire for wealth by whatever means deemed necessary; it is the mistaken fallacy that money would bring happiness. Set in the height of the Roaring Twenties in New York state, the physical advancement of obtaining the American Dream is personified by Gatsby. Through Gatsby’s character arc it is evident that he resolved to a life of crime
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