The Great Gatsby IGCSE Holiday Essay
Explore in detail how Fitzgerald makes the violence and brutality that people are capable of particularly unsettling in any two incidents in the novel. Support your answer by close reference to the novel.
In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presents great brutality and violence through his characters with the use of language and thematic representation. Three incidents that show this level of brutality includes: Tom Buchanan breaking Myrtles nose at a party in his apartment, Daisy ‘Accidentally’ running over Myrtle and therefor killing an innocent citizen and the last key incident involving such violence was Gatsby’s death; in which George shoots him multiple times before taking his own life. Within all incidents, we can observe how society at the time makes such incidents acceptable, and therefore making them more capable of repeating. Furthermore, Fitzgerald’s profound use of language and thematic representation to present scenes of violence and brutality.
In the beginning of novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presents great brutality and violence through his character, Tom Buchanan with the use of language and thematic representation. This incident takes place in Tom and Myrtles apartment in the New York Plaza Hotel, “Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.” This quote is effective because it presents the theme that Tom Buchanan is a “brute” and is extremely violent if he does not get his way, this is important because it makes other people scared of him which therefore leads to the point that society and citizens accepts these incidents because they are scared that tom may hurt them. Fitzgerald uses language such as personification in the quote “long broken wail of pain.” The effect of this technique is to make the pain more dramatic implying that it took a lot of violence to create this situation.
Further on in the novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presents great...