Lit Journal Essay

Submitted By shellyrivas
Words: 1868
Pages: 8

|Context |Quote |Analysis (incorporating two textual elements) |
|Gatsby (or Nick’s |If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, |In Nick’s first depiction of the “great” Gatsby, he |
|view of Gatsby) |then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened |simultaneously denounces and condones Gatsby. Nick’s |
| |sensitivity to the promises of life.… [Gatsby had] an |characterization of Gatsby shows that Gatsby symbolizes |
| |extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I |the upscale wealthy living that the people around him |
| |have never found in any other person and which it is not |desire, but, Nick derides that idea. Nick is appalled by |
| |likely I shall ever find again. |the modern class and civilization, but Gatsby’s optimistic|
| | |outlook on life is what Nick is impressed by most. He goes|
| | |through different stages where he undertakes feelings of |
| | |interest, intentness and in the end, repugnance. The |
| | |concept that makes Gatsby so different from the rest of |
| | |the upper class is his competence for a life full of |
| | |faith, promises, and opportunities that may present |
| | |themselves. Also, by putting this passage at the beginning|
| | |of the novel, Fitzgerald foreshadows what is to come in |
| | |the rest of the novel. The view of revulsion and |
| | |mortification is portrayed in this quote and is carried |
| | |throughout the novel. |
|The Working Poor |This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow |The American dream has been contorted to make people |
| |like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where|believe that fortune will bring them happiness. Fitzgerald|
| |ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke |does not use the American dream in his novel because he |
| |and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of ash-gray men who|wants to portray the idea of the impossibility of |
| |move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.… |acquiring contentment from money. The Valley of Ashes |
| |[And the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg] brood on over the |symbolizes poverty and despair. It is bordered by a river |
| |solemn dumping ground. |that has a drawbridge that goes up and the passengers |
| | |stare at the dreary scene. The people who are in this |
| | |region want to leave, but they can’t; this demonstrates |
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