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The Great Gatsby

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Liron Burstein

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby

“It was when curiosity about Gatsby was at its highest that the lights in his house failed to go on one Saturday night — and, as obscurely as it had begun, his career as Trimalchio was over” (Fitzgerald 113)
Ending of The Great Gatsby

"And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning ——
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past" (180).
Analysis and Modernist Attributes
Open/Ambiguous Ending
People will keep trying to follow an idea which is harder than it seems
Perspectivism- It is clear how Nick has a subjective and evolving view on Gatsby
Use of symbolic landscape- Blue Lawn
Symbol of time- "Boats against the Current"
Discontinuous Time-Switches from past to present to future
“On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that
huge incoherent failure
of a house once more.” (Fitzgerald 179)
Thesis
During the Modern Era, writers and artists began to adopt new methods of conveying a message through their art or literature. These new techniques allowed them to convey their characters' views of the world or the meaning of their artwork in a unique manner that had never been possible before and also to prove the false indications of the American Dream.
Nick's First Party at Gatsby's
“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in a life. It faced-or seemed to face-the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and
assured you that it had precisely the impression
of you that, at your best, you hoped to
convey" (Fitzgerald 48).
The 100th Anniversary Edition of The Great Gatsby for Scribner Publishing
by Liron Burstein, Akash Sanghavi, and Kevin Shen
The Great Gatsby
An Exploration of Fitzgerald's Use of Modernist Attributes and Themes within the Passage
Quality of "eternal reassurance"
Smile has an "irresistible prejudice in your favor"
False promise of the American dream
Describing Gatsby's smile through stream of consciousness and this is being filtered through his psychological reality
Way Nick is describing Gatsby is unique to him-perspectivism
Conveys an image to be interpreted by the reader-impressionism
Hand with Reflecting Sphere
by M.C. Escher - 1935
Seeing room around him through new perspective
Holding the ball up to the viewer and forcing an impression upon them
Similar to Gatsby with Nick
The look changes at the edges
Gatsby's image
Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth - 1948
The Quote Represents Several
Modernist Attributes
The Breaking of Traditions
Perspectivism-the view of Nick is very symbolizing and reflective
Evolution
Rapid Changing of the World
The Quote Also Represents the Evolution of the House
The distance and loneliness of the girl represents the distance between Gatsby and Daisy during the Novel and also represents how Gatsby is lost in civilization throughout the novel
The Painting is using dark and dull colors, showing a dark landscape. The lack of bright colors symbolize the mood after Gatsby's death.
“There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (Fitzgerald 39)
“On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more” (Fitzgerald 179)
The evolution was a symbol to many substantial aspects of the book. The world is moving too rapidly that Gatsby cannot keep up.
Works Cited
Dali, Salvador. The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory. 1931. Web. Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Disintegration_of_the_Persistence_of_Memory>
Escher, M.C.
Hand with Reflecting Sphere.
1935. Cordon Art, Baarn.
Wikipedia
. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_with_Reflecting_Sphere>
Fitzgerald, F. Scott.
The Great Gatsby.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Print.
Wyeth, Andrew.
Christina’s World
. 1948. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
MoMA
. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. <http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2012/11/21/a-closer-look-at-christinas-world>.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory -Salvador Dali - 1931
The mix of darker shades portray a melancholy scene
The objects are submerged in water and broken apart
Represent Gatsby's world
There appears to be a direction of the flow of water
"Boats against the current"
Basic Attributes of Painting

Recap
The failed efforts of Gatsby prove the false indications of the American Dream, as Gatsby does not fulfill his goal while dedicating his entire life to it.

This was shown through:
Gatsby's false image
Gatsby's failure to turn back the effect of time
Result of Gatsby's failure
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