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The Great Gatsby
Transcript of The Great Gatsby
"Fresh, green breast"- symbolic for the fertile, promising land that was all the sailor's quest in life, "The Dutch Dream"
>> The Dutch sailors' dreams of the island lacked permanence, and the trees torn down to make room for Gatsby's home emphasizes how his illicit methods of work corrupted the American Dream.
“I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an æsthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.”
in the green light, the
future that year by year
before us. It
us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning
against the current,
into the past.”
Horcrux- In the Harry Potter series, these were symbolic of the lives of characters and were symbolic of their lives
"Pander"- gratify or indulge, shows the decadence and materialistic ideals of the American Dream
"Transitory enchanted moment"- shows how the American Dream was not timeless, nor practical, it was merely just a dream
The trees were not simply removed, they physically made way for Gatsby's estate, showing the profane wealth of the 1%. The trees being eliminated shows that something is simply a dream and will turn over shortly to yet another perception of Utopia.
Dreams were seen for only a "transitory enchanted moment."
Use of the "continent" relates to the Dutch dreams which were made up of solely material things.
Dreams are simply dreams, something one latches on to through fleeting and transitory life, and they die along with the dreamer.
"Aesthetic contemplation"- shows the impetuosity
shows how short-lived the American Dream was and nothing special, only a cyclical part of history in search of wealth
"Dedication takes a lifetime but dreams only last for a night."
All Time Low
>> "Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house..."
shows how few people were actually looking for something more than material and superficial success; everyone wanted Gatsby's money but nobody truly, deeply, emotionally cared for him.
The American Dream was
Daisy had old money, Gatsby belonged to the nouveau riche.
Illegal methods of work (bootlegging) - discredited his fortune/American Dream.
Closing of the book - Fitzgerald encapsulates his thoughts.
He is saying clearly that he believes the American Dream is
, we will continue to chase after that dream, just as humans always have.
- model society, utopia, city upon a hill.
- Ben Franklin believed humans could achieve moral perfection.
also envisions the perfectibility of the individual and of society "
Green light = Daisy.
Gatsby would forever reach for, but never obtain the green light he fought for so desperately.
Set up against impossible odds!