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    • How did Fitzgerald examine American ideals?
      • F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts a society that is riven by class distinctions, dramatically rendered in the different fortunes of Tom Buchanan, residing in fashionable East Egg, and George Wilson, trapped in the dismal 'valley of ashes'
      • F. Scott Fitzgerald stresses the significance to his characters of the First World War (1914–18), where America was drawn in April 1917 into just such a disastrous and wasteful European conflict.
      • The Great Gatsby portrays a society in which individuals have been regimented during wartime, and subjected to Prohibition laws during peacetime. We are told that as a young officer, Jay Gatsby 'was liable at the whim of an impersonal government to be blown anywhere about the world'
      • More generally the novel shows the emergence of a mass society with pressure placed upon individual integrity from such sources as advertising and fashion, through images spread by cinema and magazines.
      • F. Scott Fitzgerald draws a sharp contrast between the Gatsby image that is presented to Daisy across the bay, and the self-sufficient adolescent, James Gatz, whose body grew hard and brown as he roamed the shore of Lake Superior.
    • Thomas Jefferson
      • Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers who formulated the Declaration enshrined within it fundamental equalities in American life.
      • The conception of America nurtured by Jefferson was of an agrarian society living from the land; but the census of 1920 showed that statistically America had become a predominantly urban nation for the first time.
      • America was to be in the Jeffersonian conception a peace-loving nation, escaping the ruinous conflicts that characterised European history.
      • F. Scott Fitzgerald draws a sharp contrast between the Gatsby image that is presented to Daisy across the bay, and the self-sufficient adolescent, James Gatz, whose body grew hard and brown as he roamed the shore of Lake Superior.
        • F. Scott Fitzgerald draws a sharp contrast between the Gatsby image that is presented to Daisy across the bay, and the self-sufficient adolescent, James Gatz, whose body grew hard and brown as he roamed the shore of Lake Superior.
      • The billboard is more of a symbol for Thomas Jefferson, looking over what remains of his agriculture society, in hopes one day man will return to avoid future tragedy as a nation, and in the story whats revealed to be the characters. This is taken from the ashes, which is often a  symbol for rebirth, a Pheonix reborn from the ashes
        • The billboard of Dr. TJ Eckleburg is a metaphor telling us that if we think God is watching over us and taking care of everything and keeping things in order than we are disillusioned. Those all seeing eyes have really left us and sunk down into blindness.

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