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The Great Gatsby Marxism Analysis

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Marxist Lense: Oblivious Until Oblivion Obliviousness is the key to happiness in the world of The Great Gatsby. The Roaring twenties, the book’s setting, a time of recklessness and enjoyment had despair afterwards which is a similar theme to the story. In the story, characters who see certain situations with clouded judgement make their own, individual happiness plausible. Many of these characters are oblivious to various aspects of life such as: a destructive lifestyle, hope, and love, and are able to create temporary but powerful happiness opposed to people who are grounded by the brutal reality. The 1920’s lifestyle was recklessness and exuberant. The causation of the recklessness was caused from a familiar substance, alcohol. Alcoholism in story symbolizes blindness in the story and is similar to the affects of life. Furthermore, the clouded judgement cause from the alcohol is able to cause a temporary surplus of positive emotions as life’s pressure is released with every drink. Relating to drunkeness, Nick writes during a party, drunk, “Yet high over the city our line of yellow windows must have contributed their share of human secrecy to the casual watcher in the darkening streets, and I was him too, looking up and wondering. I was within and without simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life”( Fitzgerald 35) which exemplifies the 1920’s and the thrilling effect of alcoholism. Although, at first, the party was awkward, Nick is able to
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