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Themes of The Great Gatsby

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Seth Brinkmann

on 18 December 2013

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Transcript of Themes of The Great Gatsby

Love may be a great theme of the novel, but perhaps not in the way some people may think. Can true love be found in the novel? The answer to that is no. The love is not for people of who they are, it's what they have or what they envision that person to be.
“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” Mark Twain
The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 by author F. Scott Fitzgerald and focuses on a man named Jay Gatsby who tries to win over the love of a woman named Daisy. This novel is known as a description of the "Jazz Age", which is a phrase that was coined by Fitzgerald himself. In 1919, the 18th Amendment was passed banning alcohol from the USA, creating the way for bootleggers, like Jay Gatsby himself, to make millions of dollars selling and smuggling alcohol within the country. Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was not a great success during his lifetime, but became a smash hit after his death, especially after World War II.
Themes of The Great Gatsby
Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson's relationship; Tom uses Myrtle as a sex toy, and Myrtle uses him to acquire some of Tom's wealth usually in the form of gifts.
"The Great Gatsby Background." Study Guides & Essay Editing. Gradesaver LLC, 1999. Web. 16 Dec. 2013.
Gatsby is not in love with the true Daisy, but the one he once knew in the past, and Daisy does not truly love Gatsby, just simply claims to love him for his wealth
“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” Friedrich Nietzsche
The The Great Gatsby, money makes the world go round.
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