Ther Great Gatsby Themes

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The Multiple Themes in The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald has written several novels and is considered one of the greatest writers of all time. His novel "The Great Gatsby" is no exception. The novel covers the Roaring 20's as well as any other novel in print. Ranging from the festive parties to the bootlegging. This novel is filled with several immoral people. Immoral being that people got their wealth against the rules of the American Dream. That is they received their wealth illegally. Gatsby, himself, made his fortune through organized crime. Nobody really knows how everyone else in the novel came into their wealth since they are never really discussed by anyone other than Nick. The themes in the novel range greatly from having to do with the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg to the repetition of the past on behalf of Jay Gatsby himself. The American dream seemed to be what everyone was in pursuit of at this time.

Nobody knew exactly what it was, but everybody wanted a piece of it. In this novel, Jay Gatsby turns out to be the man that is considered to have become the American Dream.

Some people might look at morality as being directly related to being a good person in God's eyes. The eyes on T.J. Eckleburg's billboard are thought by George Wilson to be the eyes of God watching over the town. Yet somehow, everybody that is wealthy in the town gained their money immorally. Does this directly correlate to their not caring about what happens to them in the afterlife? It does not say anywhere in the novel but Jay Gatsby, the richest of the rich, the dirtiest of the dirty is the first to find out what will happen to them when they die. The eyes...