The Great Gatsby - Both Attracted To Idealism And Repelled By Corruption - Student Submitted

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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald


“It is possible to be both attracted to the idealism and repelled by the corruption evident in The Great Gatsby.”

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view? Support your answer with reference to the novel.

In regards to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, I believe it is possible to be both attracted to the idealism whilst also being repelled by the corruption depicted within it. Attraction and repulsion are two of the strongest emotions invoked by the novel and it would be hard to be naïve to either concepts.

The novel begins with depictions of the rich, lavish lifestyle that could be experienced on the East Coast of America in the 1920’s. We are excited to see the new products the ever-growing industry and the fast paced booze-filled parties. They are all portrayed to us against the musical backdrop of hard and fast jazz. This is post-war America and the boom has begun, it is impossible not to be enthralled by a country and it’s people bathing itself in decadence after such a close brush with the utter decay of WW1. Our narrator, Nick Carraway, points out in Chapter 9 how the idealism of the American Dream was originally about discovery, individualism and the pursuit of happiness. The 1920’s, however, has brought easy money, consumerism and has encouraged many corrupted values. This can be seen as the death of the true American Dre...

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