two themes that are easliy connected together and i can find textual evidence i need something easy from the Great Gatsbyso the thing is that i have to compare and contrast essay  two themes in...

two themes that are easliy connected together and i can find textual evidence i need something easy from the Great Gatsby

so the thing is that i have to compare and contrast essay  two themes in the great gatsby and i dont know which themes are easily connected and i can find quotes from so if u can help me plz do  thanks : )

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In order to compare and contrast, you need one theme that encompasses different aspects or perspectives that you can discuss. There are a couple of possible topics that could work for this purpose.

You could consider how different socio-economic classes are portrayed. The contrasts between the inhabitants of West Egg and East Egg are considerable and discussed in relation to various aspects. The contrast between Gatsby's mansion and the Buchanan mansion reflects the "new money, old money" atmospheres of the two locales.

it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden...a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay. The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile,...The front was broken by a line of French windows, glowing now with reflected gold and wide open to the warm windy afternoon

The style of entertaining could be another contrast. Think about the way in which Myrtle provided for her guests in her New York City apartment as contrasted with the gatherings at Jay's home.

Another theme that has possibilities to explore by comparing and contrasting could be the different interpretations and realizations of the American Dream. Tom Buchanan probably felt he was achieving his American Dream because he had a beautiful trophy wife to show off to high society, and he had Myrtle to make him feel strong and important and loved. Tom lost his "dream" when Myrtle was killed.

And if you think I didn't have my share of suffering-look here, when I went to give up that flat and saw that damn box of dog biscuits sitting there on the sideboard, I sat down and cried like a baby. By God it was awful-

Jay lost the largest part of his American Dream when he admitted that Daisy was beyond his reach, but he never gave up the hope that this might change, and in the meantime he was finding fulfillment in having money and possessions and all the prestige he thought such things would bring him.

 

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