as either Tom acting out his anger at the effeminitiy of the Victorian man and his opposition of excessive femininity (Bederman 16) or as Tom protecting his wife in the old-fashioned sense, as part of his Victorian duty. Gatsby is an obvious choice here his pursuit of money and status, particularly through Daisy, leads him to ruin. Written comparing european and japanese feudalism an entire book about. It's not entirely clear. In fact, as Nick goes on to describe Daisy as High in a white palace the kings daughter, the golden girl, he also seems to literally describe Daisy as a prize, much like the princess at the end of a fairy tale (or even Princess. So this, in turn, means that the American Dream itself is just a fantasy, a concept too flimsy to actually hold weight, especially in the fast-paced, dog-eat-dog world of 1920s America. And has he really learned anything from his experience? We learn more about him from the way he talks than what he says.
Gatsby, the characters closely resemble the people in his life, one to one. Scott Fitzgeralds devotees have been trying to pin down the real-life inspirations for the characters in The Great Gatsby for decades. In short, to argue that Gatsbys dream was worth it, you should point to his larger-than-life conception of himself and the fact that he could have only sought happiness through striving for something greater than himself, even if that ended up being deadly in the. But what about the other major characters, especially the ones born with money? Thus when Gatsby fails to win over Daisy, he also fails to achieve his version of the American Dream. But Daisys husband, Tom, could have been one or all of the pack of wealthy and imposing men that Fitzgerald knew: Tommy Hitchcock, who, like Tom Buchanan, owned polo ponies and a beautiful house on Long Island, or Ginevras father, Charles King the Twelve Angry Men (also the owner. This is a more outward-looking prompt, that allows you to consider current events today to either be generally optimistic (the American dream is alive and well) or pessimistic (its as dead as it is in The Great Gatsby). No, Really, Who Is Nick?