The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Machiavelli Essay
F. Scott Fitzgerald portrayed all of his characters with pro-Machiavellian ideas or principles as well as anti-Machiavellian ideals through various power struggles in the duration of his acclaimed novel, The Great Gatsby. All the Machiavellian maxims can be found throughout Fitzgerald 's Jazz Age novel and are applied toward multiple characters. As the landscape of the story changes, the conclusions about the characters to which Fitzgerald was presenting become more and more evident. The characters that successfully portray two of the ten Machiavellian maxims also determine whether they are crowned as an unsuccessful or successful Machiavellian prince.
The two following Machiavellian maxims are found in The Great Gatsby: It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles and politics have no relation to morals. The characters that demonstrate those maxims are: Myrtle Wilson, Jay Gatsby, Daisy and Tom Buchanan. The meaning of the first maxim conveys that if one is given a grandeur title that person might or might not uphold that particular title. It must be left upon oneself to establish and maintain their title, whether it be a good or bad one. In this context, Fitzgerald’s novel, the characters commit doings that both determine and establish if they live up to their characterization as an unsuccessful or successful prince. The second maxim, politics have no relation to morals, takes on the issues of politics and the lack of morals within political

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