The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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What does the word disillusion really mean? The word illusion can have several different meanings, within the same category. The main definition is to be in a deceived state or to see an optical illusion from a faulty perception (of reality). The prefix “dis” means “opposite of,” “apart,” or something negative. So if one is disillusive, does that mean one will always see reality through a clear leans? According to dictionary.com, the word disillusion means, “to free from or deprive of illusion.” Another definition is that one’s largest dream could be shattered into a million pieces, and is broken beyond repair. Integrating this meaning, one may ask, “is it good to be disillusive? Or is it bad?” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the astonishing book called The Great Gatsby in the 1920s, it maybe perhaps one of the greatest American novels ever written today. When reading this wonderful book, in class and on my own, I found that each character had confronted disillusion at some point. Their individual disillusion kept them in a fantasy world until the truth was revealed and they were left with a choice to continue the fantasy in their own mind or face reality. Nick Carraway, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, Jordan Baker, and of course Jay Gatsby, all experience disillusion in different ways through out the book. The Great Gatsby takes place in New York in the 1920s. It is written from the perspective of Nick Carraway. However, the protagonist in the book is James Gatz,
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