Archive for December, 2012

I think Fitzgerald does believe that you can change the past because he created this character in the first place. When he created Gatsby it could have related somewhat to him and how he thinks the past could be recreated. When he starts to tell us about James Gatz, the character he had in his head was easy to create because it related back to him. For example in chapter 6 Fitzgerald says “I suppose he’d had the name ready for a long time, even then. His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people.” I think he wanted to tell people that just because someone like Gatsby has had a bad past doesn’t mean you can’t change how you feel about it. His attitude is presented through this character that you want to be positive. Even when he’s talking about Gatsby’s heart being in a bad place and having a never ending imagination it shows that you want to change the past. If you can’t make something go away then it might be better to change what you’ve done before. Also if you’ve made a mistake it could be possible to change it, just like Gatsby is with Daisy and Tom. He’s trying to reconnect with them and show the real side of him.

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Part of the American Dream is to achieve self fulfillment, having money, and overall being happy. In The Great Gatsby this is shown through Nick when he starts to talk about the differences between East and West egg. He lives in West egg where it’s New Money, less fashionable, and sort of show offs. Nick and Gatsby seem to want to live in East Egg rather than West egg. Nick says “I lived at West Egg, the well, the less fashionable of the two, though this a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not so little contrast between them.” His dream is to be more established and the American Dream shows that people want to have that wealth and status. He might feel as though his dreams can’t become accomplished without having money.  It’s really hard to get anywhere without these two key elements. Even Gatsby has a goal which is to reunite with Daisy again. He’s basically nothing without her. So this goal represents the American Dream because people wanted to do something or achieve something greater in life. Another part of the American Dream is freedom which is reinforced by Patrick Henry. In the speech it says “I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? And what do we have to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry is saying that we can’t just sit here anymore and do nothing. They have been doing that for a long time and nothing has happened. In order to get freedom and attain the American Dream it’s important to fight. Being able to do whatever you want when you want won’t come with being lazy. People should fight for what they believe in. People should understand in order to be happy you need to fix what’s wrong.

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