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Great Gatsby & Gossip Girl

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Emma Adams

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Transcript of Great Gatsby & Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl Thesis
Gossip Girl presents wealthy people in a glamorous way, convincing people that it is the attractive way to live. However, being wealthy does not always develop a person with positive attributes.
Character Comparisons
Character Comparison
Daisy Buchanan
Method of Development: Generalization
Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl is an American drama television series based on the privileged teens and adults of the Upper East side of New York City. The website Gossip Girl is constantly watching the actions of these teenagers so that these scandals and secrets of this upper class society can be posted for all to be read. These scandals cause disruption among these young individuals. As these teenagers live their daily lives, Gossip Girl continues to stir the pot and exploit their private lives. The identity of this ruthless blogger remains a mystery.
Summative: Gatsby & Gossip Girl
Jay Gatsby
Chuck Bass
Dan Humphrey
Comparisons between Jay Gatsby & Chuck Bass
Chuck Bass is one of the prime bachelors on the Upper East side of New York City. Like Gatsby, he is a rich, and powerful business man. Having no mother figure and his father dying at a younger age has made Chuck dedicated to continuing the development of his father's company, Bass Industries. This dedication is similar to the hard work Gatsby has done in order to achieve the wealth and sophistication he desired as a small child.

Like Gatsby, Chuck throws many parties and events in the Upper East side in order to maintain his high social status.

Many of Chuck's decisions are based on winning over the love of his life, Blair Waldorf. However, at certain points in their relationship, Chuck puts the Company before the needs of Blair. Similarly, Gatsby's life was devoted to winning back Daisy Buchanan but early in the novel had to lie to her about his background in order to convince her that he was good enough for her.
Comparisons between Jay Gatsby & Dan Humphrey
Dan Humphrey is not the typical Upper East side bachelor of New York City. He wanted to live the life of the rich and famous. Coming from a family with lower income made these dreams difficult but not impossible for him to achieve. While attending a private school in New York he wanted to be able to fit in with the students and earn his classmates respect. In one case, Dan tried to protect his girlfriend, Serena, from getting kicked out of school. However, he did this at the expense of exposing other peoples secrets.

This is similar to Jay Gatsby because he too came from nothing and desired to live the life style of the high society. Jay hoped to be accepted and respected by these people after he he was able to afford this lifestyle. The only issue was that he became rich from selling grain alcohol over the counter during prohibition.

In order to achieve these goals both characters made choices that hurt the ones they loved. As a result, this made both men re-think decisions that they had made in life.
Who do you think better relates to the situations Gatsby goes through? Why?
Nick Carraway
Comparisons between
Dan Humphrey & Nick Carraway
Daniel does not fit in with the Upper Class society as much as he has hoped he would. This makes him the outsider in the TV series Gossip Girl. Being the outsider allowed him to observe the way the rich behave and treat others. He was able to gain access to private information and secrets about his friends which he later exposed on Gossip Girl. At the end of the series, the viewers and his friends find out the he is Gossip Girl.

Similarly, in the Great Gatsby Nick is an outsider of the upper class society. This allowed him to observe and assist in the love affair between Daisy and Gatsby by having Daisy over for tea only to be reunited with Gatsby.

Comparison Between
Nate Archibald & Nick Carraway
Nate's character is portrayed as a caring, kind and friendly person who will always put others before himself. Although at times Nate did whatever it took to protect his company. He cheated his best friend in order to protect his own company from going bankrupt.

Nick is similar to Nate because he shows gestures of being compassionate towards Daisy when he protects her after finding out she accidentally killed Myrtle. However, this series of events ended up framing Gatsby for Myrtle's death and Nick did not defend him.
Comparison Between
Serena Van der Woodsen & Daisy Buchanan
Character Comparison
Serenan Van der Woodsen
Serena and Daisy are both portrayed as the blonde and beautiful women of the upper class society. Both of these women live a lavish lifestyle yet when they make decisions they tend to be careless. They run away from their problems and expect others to solve them.

Serena uses her popularity to get what she wants. She can easily manipulate people, as was demonstrated when she destroyed her best friend's relationship with her boyfriend.

Daisy runs away from several problems. For example, she let Gatsby take the blame for the murder of Myrtle. Also, when Gatsby died she did not attend any part of the funeral.
From the prior Methods of Development, "Comparison and Example", one can generalize that wealthy people use their power, social status and often lie in order to get what they want.

One can argue this generalization, in the sense that not all people with wealth are deceitful.

What are your thoughts? Can you think of an example that disagrees with this generalization?
Connecting Methods of Development to the Thesis
After comparing characters from Gossip Girl and The Great Gatsby it is evident that these wealthy characters do not always portray positive attributes. Gatsby used illegal methods to gain his riches, Nick is dishonest with Tom when he denies knowing about Daisy's affair with Gatsby. Daisy is flirtatious throughout the novel, leading Gatsby to believe that she would leave Tom and end up spending the rest of her life with him. She was also deceitful when she allowed Gatsby to take the responsibility of the murder.
Tone of Power
The producers of Gossip Girl try to set a tone that displays "Power within the characters". Costumes play an important role in setting the tone. The characters only wear designer clothes such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Yves St. Laurent. Their style is always the most recent and glamorous. It is this clothing that challenges the confidence of other characters.

Tone of Power
In The Great Gatsby, Daisy is often wearing glamorous white dresses. The white represents purity and sophistication. Her accessories include long strands of white pearls that are a symbol of wealth. The men of East Egg wear tailored suits. The color blue whether it be their clothing or the cars they drive, is a symbol of power and success.
Character Development
Gatsby - He develops throughout the novel from being poor to reinventing himself in order for him to have a fresh start. This lead him to become wealthy. His character achieved wealth in a dishonest way and as a result ended up losing what was dearest to his heart, Daisy Buchanan.
Nick-At the beginning of the novel Nick was attracted to New York's fast paced lifestyle. He dreamed of becoming wealthy and living an excessive lifestyle. As his character developed, he realized that the lifestyle was grotesque and damaging. This caused Nick to turn to alcohol to cope with the dishonesty that he dealt with.
Character Development
Character Development
Daisy-At the beginning of the novel Daisy is portrayed as sweet and innocent. As the novel unfolds, her true character is revealed. She is shallow because she isn't in love with Gatsby but rather in love with the idea of his money and all of the luxury items he has to offer her. She is self-centered and careless. She creates problems and then expects others to resolve them using her wealth.
Gossip Girl Clip
"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess that they made..." (p170, 1926)
"I'd be damned if I'd go in; I'd had enough of all of them for one day, and suddenly that included Jordan too." (p136, 1926)
"I found out what your “drug-stores” were.’ He turned to us and spoke rapidly. ‘He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That’s one of his little stunts."(p127, 1926)
Dan writes about Serena's true identity and it is published in the New York Times.
Dan explains how evil some people of the Upper East side can be.
In small groups discuss real life scenarios that you may have experienced these negative attributes or similar ones.
Continue to Discuss
If Gatsby's love for Daisy was a good thing for a bad thing?

Do you think it was society or personal characteristics that caused conflict between characters in both The Great Gatsby and Gossip Girl?

In the end do you think Gatsby died happy?
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