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The Great Gatsby: Inverted Archetypes

By Shenani Setungamudali
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Shenani Setunga

on 8 November 2012

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby: Inverted Archetypes

Demigod Pastel Colors Daisy and Jordan, “both in white and their dresses were rippling and fluttering” (12).
In reality she is the “foul dust that floated in the wake of his dreams” (6).
Superficial, corrupt, and appearances are deceiving
Gatsby never sees passed Daisy’s superficial layer
The Great Gatsby:Inverted Archetypes Conclusion An archetype is “the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies” (Merriam Webster Dictionary)
Helps character development
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed, only if there is a light from within”- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Introduction “red and white Georgian Colonial mansion” (11).
house of infidelity
Violence and disconnect
Daisy’s “beautiful white girlhood”
No purity and loss of innocence Gatsby pulls shirts out when he meets Daisy, they are “coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, with monograms of Indian blue” (89).
love and time together is ephemeral and an illusion
a fantasy Elevated by mystery and
Gatsby stood with “trembling arms stretched out toward the green light” (21).
vulnerability humanizes him
Suspense and anxiousness
Immorality shown through
Bootlegging and womanizing acts in his youth contrast with the image sprang from a “Platonic conception of himself” (104)
Gatsby claims to be a son of God
“Mr. Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share was his of our local heavens” (20)
Silver and gold description show royalty
On a quest but his origin is unknown
Mystery enshrouds him Inversion Fall continued This foreshadows “old rich” ignorance to the death of Gatsby
Gatsby dies on the first day of fall, thus reinforcing the fact that life goes on for Tom and Daisy, the “old rich” even after his death.
Carpe Diem lifestyle of the rich Fall/ Autumn Jordan says "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall" (118).
Nature of the old rich and coming of death
Ironic because Jordan’s hair represents death and decay
“autumn-leaf yellow of her hair” (17) Jordan
morals have decayed, no character Water birth, purification, rebirth
“There was a faint, barely perceptible movement of the water as the fresh flow from one end urged its way toward the drain at the other with little ripples that were hardly the shadows of waves, the laden mattress moved irregularly down the pool” (162).
Death is natural but Gatsby’s death was “irregular” and unnatural “The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water” (162).
The circle = cycle of life coming full circle with his death
purification of Gatsby through his death
still pure and elevated “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within”- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Perception vs. Reality
Corruption of the American dream
Using the inversion of colors, seasons, and elements, Fitzgerald satirizes the society of the 1920’s and criticizes the ennui and carpe diem lifestyle of the “old rich” Fall Archetype Jordan says "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall" (118).
Nature of the old rich and coming of death
Ironic because Jordan’s hair represents death and decay
“autumn-leaf yellow of her hair” (17) Jordan
morals have decayed, no character This foreshadows “old rich” ignorance to the death of Gatsby
Gatsby dies on the first day of fall, thus reinforcing the fact that life goes on for Tom and Daisy, the “old rich” even after his death.
Carpe Diem lifestyle of the rich The End Daisy gets out of a car under the “bare lilac-trees” and “lavender hat” (85).
how neither she nor the love she claims for Gatsby is genuine
Daisy as an unattainable illusion White Pastel Colors
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