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The Great Gatsby: RealismF. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has been labelled a masterpiece, andperhaps even one of the greatest novels of all time. In order to be revered as aclassic, a novel must have one or more qualities that place it above the rest.
One of The Great Gatsby’s best qualities is Fitzgerald’s incredible use ofrealism. This realism is evident in the development of plot, setting, andcharacters throughout the novel.The Great Gatsby is well known for its deeply entangled plots and sub-plots.
Atfirst Fitzgerald used realism to develop these plots by choosing plots thatwould be beleivable to readers. For example, the main plot of “The AmericanDream” (Jay Gatsby’s dream of becoming rich and succesfull in order to impressDaisy) is easily believable and is still a quite common dream today. Smallerplots, such as Tom Buchanans affair with Myrtle, are also very realistic and area common occurrence in every day life. From here Fitzerald deepened the story byusing realism to entangle these plots. Fitzgerald then grew apon these plots bymaking them all have realistic outcomes (such as Gatsby’s demise), rather thanyour typical story book endings. It is mostly thanks to Fitzgerald’s descriptive,poetic style of writing that allows him to realistically portray the many plotsof The Great Gatsby.
Fitzgerald’s realistic construction and development of plotis extremely dependant apon the setting of the novel in which it take place.F. Scott Fitzgerald uses realism to clearly depict the setting of the GreatGatsby. This incredible use of realism could be mostly due to the fact thatFitzgerald lived during the time of the novel, and by using great detail, he wasable to reproduce his interpretation of the 1920’s. At this time the Great War(WW1) had just ended and the United States was becoming as dominant world power.The novel takes place during the summer in New York as Nick Carraway has justmoved to persue a career in the bond business.
This is a very realistic settingbecause just after World War 1 the eastern United States were flourishing withpeople and business. As depicted in The Great Gatsby, during the 1920’s jazzmusic was all the rage. Large, fancy homes and big parties (such as Gatsby’s)were also quite popular. Fitzgerald realistically demonstrates the inexistenceof the middle class at that time. For example the contrast between Tom Buchananand Mr. Wilson shows vast difference between the upper and lower classes.
Theexact geographical location of the novel does not exist, but Fitzgerald does agreat job in using realism to convince the reader of the setting. No matter howsignificant realism is to the setting of The Great Gatsby, perhaps the mostimportant use of realism comes through Fitzgerald’s development of charactersthroughout the novel.In the Great Gatsby, as in any novel, the characters are the basis of the novelfrom which the plots revolve around.
Fitzgerald uses realism to ensure that allthe characters in the novel are belivable in both their history and interactionswith each other. An prime example of this would be Daisy. Her history of havinga succesful family, and being the center of attention deeply influences hercharacter into being self-centered and dependant on wealth, making her characterbelivable to readers. From here Fitzgerald was able to manipulate the charactersThis convinces the the reader of genuinity of each individual and thereforemakes the whole story seem more realistic.
Throughout the novel plot was deepened through the entangling of many realisticsub-plots, setting was clearly illustrated using plenty of detail, and thecharacters were develloped to be as beleivable and genuine as possible. In theend it is the realistic recognition of life’s imperfections that give The GreatGatsby its continuing appeal.