The Great Gatsby
Literary Analysis Essay
“I saw the novel, which at my maturity was the strongest and supplest medium for conveying thought and emotion from one human being to another, was becoming subordinated to a mechanical and communal art,” F. Scott Fitzgerald believed that a novel was the strongest way to convey thought and emotion to from one human to another. I am a true believer in that. It makes total sense. Good authors can convey thoughts and emotion to the reader, from one human to another. F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of those good writers. It is clear in his writing that he took his time to really polish every sentence to make sure he get certain thoughts across to the reader. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald himself, is a great example of this. Through his use of recurring themes of the past, the future, love, and the corruption of the American Dream during the roaring twenties, Fitzgerald conveys the emotion of hope for the future.
The past is a recurring theme in the Great Gatsby. The book itself is written in past tense, Nick is telling us the story of his past summer and the events that happen. Not only is the book in the eyes of a nostalgic Nick, but it gives a clear message across that your past is never gone. Your past is your past and you can’t run away from it. “It eluded us then, that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning —— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” pg. 180 Those last words of the book do an excellent job of explaining what I feel. The past is the past, you can’t change it. Everyday we try to move farther away from our past as we move forward into the future. Yet like the quote says as we’re moving forward, we’re slowly moving back into our past. A great way to explain the connection between the past and the future, is the symbol of the green light at the end of the dock at Daisy’s house. In the end...