The Diamond As Big As The Ritz, By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Contrary to what society thinks, a wealthy lifestyle doesn’t constitute unlimited happiness. Within F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novella, The Diamond As Big As The Ritz, we witness a fairy tale that recounts the life of those bathing in wealth and the consequences of prosperity. Fitzgerald describes the world of an extremely prosperous family and the horrid habits that are entailed. The author enumerates how an exceptional avidity towards fortune alters the Washington family’s life and leads to their defeat. Overall, this novella includes various themes revolving around greed that ultimately lead to the family’s destruction, that are well-developed by literary techniques such as personification, imagery, and characterization. Throughout The Diamond As Big As The Ritz, the author analyzes the strength of the Washingtons’ material possessions. In pursuance of his argument regarding the dominance of wealth, Fitzgerald utilizes personification. At the beginning, the protagonist John T. Unger, feels inferior within the house. John T. Unger is an upper class teenager from Hades who befriends a wealthy kid at his school named Percy Washington (3). After a few conversations, Percy decides to invite John to visit his estate. The narrator declares, “- his chair, feathered, and curved insidiously to his back, seemed to engulf and overpower him as he drank his first glass of port” (19). Not only is the family themselves powerful but their property that they purchase becomes
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