The Great Gatsby Analysis

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Being an “American” can mean a wide variety of things to different people. Nick, the narrator of the book The Great Gatsby, describes Gatsby's resourcefulness of movement as, “ peculiarly American- that comes, I suppose, with the absence of lifting work or rigid sitting in your and, even more wit the formless grace of our nervous, sporadic games” (64). Nick thinks that Gatsby did not do any hard work and compares him to America, therefore Nick’s perception of Americans is that they don’t work hard. While the narrator, Nick has a preconceived notion of what it means to be an American, the whole book that he narrates is about F. Scott Fitzgerald's views on what it means to be an American in the changing time periods. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the theme of the East and West as representations of a “New” American and an “Old” America. The characters Daisy and Tom, Jay Gatsby and Nick are all used to represent a different negative aspect of the “New” America, such as being corrupted from money, lustful, greedy and deceiving, revealing Fitzgerald’s views about how America is changing for the worse.
Fitzgerald uses East Egg and West Egg as representation of the New and Old America through his comparisons of the people who live their. Early on in the book Nick describes West Egg, the place where his lives as, “...the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them” (5). Early on in the
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