Themes Of The Great Gatsby

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Julianna Fowler
Mrs. Massey
AP Lit
18 March 2016
Themes in The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is widely regarded as one of the best novels of the 20th century. The decadence and frivolity of the roaring twenties is apparent on the surface of The Great Gatsby but underneath you will find themes that include a subtext of taboo homosexuality; the treatment and portrayal of women; and the corruption and falseness associated with the established rich and the nouveau riche.
The Great Gatsby was published during a time of extreme prejudice towards homosexuality. It was not only socially unacceptable but was illegal in many parts of the world. Implications of homosexuality are present within the story, most notably when it comes to Nick Carraway. The most explicit example of Nick’s sexuality comes at the end of chapter two. Following Tom’s party in his New York apartment, Nick assists Mr. McKee to his apartment on the next floor. The two board the elevator together, where they discuss potential future lunch plans.
“Come to lunch someday,” he suggested, as we groaned down in the elevator.
“Where?”
“Anywhere.”
“Keep your hands off the lever,” snapped the elevator boy.
“I beg your pardon,” said Mr. McKee with dignity, “I didn’t know I was touching it.”
“All right,” I agreed, “I’ll be glad to.”
Following a handful of ellipses, Nick is beside his bed, where Mr. McKee sits in his underwear. The time that has passed in the aforementioned ellipses is close to three…
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