GREAT GATSBY THEMES

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  • GREAT GATSBY THEMES
    • HONESTY
      • NICK CARRAWAY
        • Admiration of Gatsby despite his criminal background
        • Keeps secret of Tom/Daisys affairs despite being critical
        • Indulgent in gossip with Jordan
        • Narrative is honest and full despite being corrupt with secrets himself
      • DAISY FAYE
        • Ironically she is the only one outraged by Gatsbys past however this is due to "class standards" rather than morality
        • Does not own up to her infidelity or her murder, lets Gatsby take the blame
        • Tempted by money
      • TOM BUCHANAN
        • Sees his infidelity okay and easily lies about it but is outraged by Daisys
        • Daisy is his ticket to money
        • Covers up for Daisy
      • JAYY GATSBY
        • Keeps his past secret, often lies to improve his image
        • Affair with Daisy
    • DECAY
      • THE AMERICAN DREAM
        • "valley of ashes" refers to something turning into dust
          • The decay represents how the American Dream has been lost and forgotten
            • E.g Gatsby looks at the East (Daisys home) with lust rather than the West (American Frontier)
        • Each of the characters end up in the situation they never wanted to be e.g Tom & sports
        • The decay represents how the American Dream has been lost and forgotten
          • E.g Gatsby looks at the East (Daisys home) with lust rather than the West (American Frontier)
      • Soceity? Is there a soceity anymore or is it just a wasteland (valley of ashes) of memories
    • VIOLENCE
      • Toms physical strength to intimidate
      • Wilson & The Handgun
        • Gatsbys past?
        • Wilson killed him not the gun = love not business
      • CARS
        • Violently end the life of Myrtle
        • Topic for Jorddan & Nick
        • Symbol of how dangerous modern soceity and wealth can be
    • CLASS
      • Gatsby tries desperately too fake his way in but is never truly accepted = NEW MONEY
      • The class system is harsh and provides a real divide in American soceity
        • Gatsby & Daisy Seperation
      • Highly important and superficial, names are more important than feelings
        • Tom & Daisys marriage
        • Surnames of party friends
        • Daisys rejection of Gatsby
    • GENDER ROLES
      • Toms physical strength vs Daisys fragility
      • JORDAN
        • Name is masculine and profession
        • Behaviour and dominance towards Nick
        • HOWEVER, it is Nick who ends the relationship
      • WHITE DRESSES
        • Symbolise purity yet the corrupt Daisy wears them
          • Reinforce their position as women, the inferior sex
        • Symbolise feminity yet worn by the masculine Jodan
          • Reinforce their position as women, the inferior sex
      • Myrtle is heavily sensualised showing her as a mere sex object

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