Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Fitzgeralds Satirical Portrait of Modern Society :: essays research papers fc
FitzgeraldÃ¢â¬â¢s Satirical Portrait of Modern Society Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã¢â¬Å"The Great Gatsby,Ã¢â¬ a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, depicts life in the 1920Ã¢â¬â¢s. Ã¢â¬Å"The Roaring Twenties,Ã¢â¬ a nickname given to the decade laden with flippancy, is a time where the rich people in society have little to do, and a lot of money to spend in many ways. Jay Gatsby, one of the Ã¢â¬Å"newlyÃ¢â¬ rich people, chooses to spend his money throwing wild parties every weekend in the summer. Fitzgerald paints a picture of modern society by writing about the lavish parties thrown by Gatsby and the behavior of the guests who attend them. Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã When Nick Carraway describes the scene at GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢s mansion while preparing for a party, Ã¢â¬Å"At least once a fortnight a corps of caterers came down....On the buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors dÃ¢â¬â¢ oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs...In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail....By seven oÃ¢â¬â¢clock the orchestra has arrivedÃ¢â¬ (44), he tells of the luxuries provided by Gatsby in order to impress his guests. Fitzgerald is mocking the way people in society try, at great extents, to impress each other. GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢s careless spending of his money parallels the decadent spending of people in modern society. One of the Ã¢â¬Å"twinsÃ¢â¬ tells Nick about how Gatsby bought her an expensive gown, Ã¢â¬Å"When I was here last I tore my gown on a chair, and he asked me for my name and address- inside a week I got a package from CroirierÃ¢â¬â¢s with a new evening gown in it,Ã¢â¬ (47). This shows that Gatsby spends his money in an exorbitant manner, much like the way modern society spends money. Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã The people at GatsbyÃ¢â¬â¢s parties often stay for days and are uninvited. Most of the guests donÃ¢â¬â¢t know Gatsby, let alone care about him. The loss of manners and self-centeredness of modern society are exemplified by the way the guests treat Gatsby, and how they gossip about their host. They impose upon his hospitality and outstay their welcome, Ã¢â¬Å"A man named Klipspringer was there so often and so long that he became known as the boarder- I doubt if he had any other home,Ã¢â¬ (67). When Gatsby is not around, the guests often fabricate stories about his life. Ã¢â¬Å"HeÃ¢â¬â¢s a bootlegger. One time he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil,Ã¢â¬ (65). Rumors of his personal life circulate his parties and grow as his guests embellish on them.