BC: Conclusion | Through the characters in the Great Gatsby, we see that being wealthy does not necessarily mean that one is living the good life. The rise of the modern consumer society during the 1920's replaced moral values with vice especially among the wealthy. From this we learn that selfishness does not bring one to the good life. In order to live the good life we need to embrace the moral values that so many people have ignored both in the Great Gatsby and in the 1920's.
FC: Project By: Hong Cho David Jee Eric Jones Jesse Lee Brandon Grant | Lessons from the Good Life
1: Thesis: | In the context of The Great Gatsby and the 1920's "The Good Life" is often nothing more then a facade that covers the underlying truth. To actually live the good life one must embrace a value system involving selflessness instead of greed.
2: Characters from The Great Gatsby | Tom is representative of the 1920s rich. He only cares about himself | Gatsby represents the corruption of the 1920's, a man turned bad through vice | Daisy seems nice on the surface, but it becomes apparent that she only wants money | Nick is not typical of the other characters. He is caring of other people and one of the only guests at Gatsby's funeral
3: Historical Context from the 1920s | The 1920s brought the rise of organized crime, hate, and a modern consumer society. | And the dissolve of moral values with rebellion by the youth and growth of large cities
4: Themes and Issues from The Great Gatsby | 1.Selfishness only brings you down 2. what comes around goes around 3.Sacrifice is a slippery slope 3.Anyone who claims to be honest, generally is not 4. Masculinity tends to interfere with a true mans heart 5. Uncertainty leads to madness 6. A woman's beauty leads to fights 7.Wealth should be kept stealth 8. If your drinking you aren't thinking 9. Mysteries are meant to be solved
5: Intellect and Analytical Skills | Theme: | The main theme that plays a role throughout the story is the “lie of wealth”. In this section we will show how the lie of wealth proves our thesis through a series of progressions. | "The Good Life" | From the start of the story we see that the people that are rich look extremely happy. From the weather and settings and the bright colors used the overall feeling of the story is delightful. Tom and Daisy are set in a place with bright colors and it is described as a wonderful mansion compared to the poor shack that Nick lives in. Gatsby’s house is described as even more extravagant with his many night lights and extravagant parties.
6: Intellect and Analytical Skills cont. | The Lie | As the story progresses we see the setting change. With the introduction of Tom’s mistress in the setting of the ash heaps the reader gets a real taste of the corruption that wealth causes. Later we see the Daisy and Gatsby affair. We see at times of wrong that the setting is depressing. Most of the time it is raining. The climax occurs at the hotel when it all comes forth. The setting is literally burning hot and it is related to the raging tempers.
7: Intellect and Analytical Skills cont. | The Truth | The final result of this theme is death. We see the truth of the “lie”. The setting is solemn and lonely, with a certain peacefulness mixed in, or more of an acceptance of the truth, only felt by the poorer Nick. This is the truth of the “Good life” in the 1920’s, that it is all a lie.