Values are important to everyone, especially writers. It is clear in both My Antonia and The Great Gatsby that Willa Cather and F. Scott Fitzgerald have very clear feelings about their characters' attitudes and behaviors. Choose one book and discuss at least two values that the author supports and one that he or she rejects. Explain how the reader can recognize these values in the story with quotes as evidence.
A perfect book to depict the American way in the 1920s is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book is told through the viewpoint of a man named Nick Carraway, who had recently made his wealth and moved from a Midwest town into the city. The reader experiences how the young wealthy people spend their lives by adultery, illegal operations, and partying. F. Scott Fitzgerald based the Gatsby and Nick on his own values of life, which gives you a little taste of what the author is like.
But the only values in the book were not just in those 2 characters but in others as well.
First off, Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan and is also the cousin of Nick. This quote gives the reader a glimpse into her characters personal views, "I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." (pg. 21). This shows how Daisy thinks that life is more enjoyable for a girl if she is just giddy and happy instead of trying to be someone in life. But, since that is Daisy's opinion, the reader should not assume that is F. Scott Fitzgerald's as well. He portrays himself as Nick and Gatsby in the book and Nick is not too fond of Daisy's choices in life...