F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, “The Great Gatsby” utilizes characters to describe the conformity of society during the time period of the 1920’s. Fitzgerald uses diction to describe scenery and convey the motive of people in the 1920’s, who were more interested in impressing others and obtaining material success than moral principles. “A stout, middle-aged man, with enormous owl eyes spectacles…somewhat drunk…staring unsteady concentration at the shelves of books. ” (Fitzgerald) The structure of this sentence focuses on the surroundings and description of large size things that help reveal who the man is.
By reflecting back to the use of tone and the academic language helps identify Fitzgerald’s explanation of the 1920’s being a time of excessive materialization. Even more so when he describes the man’s glasses as “enormous owl eyes spectacles. ” a metaphor for the term “owl” since this flying creature has the tendency of excessively stuffing itself with food, it’s in its nature to do so. This parallels to the nature of all the characters in “The Great Gatsby. ” In which they are accommodated to acquire such luxury and possessions that it’s become pure gluttony. As we entered he wheeled excitedly around and examined Jordan from head to foot. What do you think? He demanded impetuously…He waved his hand toward the book-shelves…As a matter of fact you needn’t bother to ascertain. I ascertained. ” (Fitzgerald) The change in diction from academic to colloquial language assists to describe the mode in the “middle-aged man” who happened to be somewhat drunk, since he repeats the word “ascertain” which means to find out. He is trying to sound intelligent and use it to refer to the books on the shelves.
He then goes on by saying, “Absolutely real-have pages and everything. I thought they’d be a nice durable cardboard…they‘re absolutely real. ” (Fitzgerald) The discovery of real books surprised the man because books were extremely expensive back then and to have real books represented that Gatsby was not only wealthy but was educated and that made him very popular, as he portrays to be. Another motive the man had towards the books being real and not replicas were that it interpret the actual charcters in society during that time period.
People were so accustume to see others be phony and not realistic. It was astonishing when they would find someone who was sincerely genuine. “He snatched the book from me and replaced it hastily on its shelf, muttering that if one brick was removed the whole library was liable to collapse. ” (Fitzgerald) That ment if one person fell all of the others would fall aswell. Fitzgerald uses all forms of techniques to describe the conditions of society by color, places and objects. Sometimes the object could be a person or in this case the book. I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool-that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. ” (Fitzgerald. 21) As Daisy declares when she finds out the sex of her pregnancy. From her experiences being beautiful could be the best thing for women. Beauty can buy women anything she desires and gain the luxy of a goddess. It isn’t much of a necessity to be wise and intelligent because beauty was the gift that gave her the luxurious lifestyle she always wanted.
Daisy’s character is betrayed by her husband infadilty and her awarness of his unfaithfulness is blind sided because she knew that it wouldn’t bring her any good to confront him about it. As long as she was able to keep receiving the materialistic things it was like her husbands actions never happened. Gatsby on the other hand is trying to gain the love of Daisy. “Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. ” (Fitzgerald. 6) The “green light” at the end of the dock happens to be Daisy’s house. The significance of the light being green identifies it as a symbol of money and wealth. Gatsby’s intentions over looking across the bay is to view Daisy’s house and admire it as he admires her. Gatsby’s motive is to impress others especially Daisy. “While we admired, he brought more…soft rich heap mounted higher-shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple green and lavender and faint orange with monograms of Indian blue. (Fitzgerald. 98) The sentence emphasizes on the description of the shirts that represent the luxury Gatsby possess. The over extended use of color description shares the same purpose that Gatsby is able to own varies styles of shirts. “…mounted higher-shirts…” also presents the extensive amount he carries around with him. “The Great Gatsby,” presents varies occasions that identify how society in the 1920’s played on people who only cared about astonishing others and owning materialistic things.