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What do you see as the relationship between the two texts you have studied How are form structure and image used in each of the two texts you have studied The study of F Scott Fitzgeralds definitive American novel The Great Gatsby and Anthony Minghellas emphatic film The Talented Mr Ripley portray to me that the prevalent theme relating the two texts is the corruption and disillusionment of The American Dream Both texts articulate the corruption of The American Dream relative to their specific contexts The Great Gatsby conveys values of social acceptance and the importance of identity and wealth during the 1920s Fitzgerald situates the novels protagonist Jay Gatsby to endorse the harsh realities and barriers of social class and wealth separating Gatsbys fraudulent image of The American Dream and the idyllic world he seeks with Daisy Buchanan In Minghellas The Talented Mr Ripley Minghella demonstrates the extreme transformation of Tom Ripley into a character with wealth and social status Tom Ripley strives to be the successful embodiment of The American Dream as he reinvents his character into that of Dickie Greenleaf Both composers have utilised comparative aspects of form structure and image to depict the relationship between the texts and the idea of corruption and disillusionment of The American Dream The novel is presented through the unblemished and subjective view of Nick Carraways first person narration This allows us to perceive the novel from the judgment of a character impervious to the contextual pressures of social status wealth and corruption Fitzgerald employs Nick to expose the emptiness and cynicism of The American Dream throughout the social hierarchy The old money representing the generational aristocracy comprises the Buchanans Tom and Daisy They convey a superficial and egotistical image with Nick evaluating them as careless peopleretreating back to their moneyletting people clean the mess they had made Despite possessing the aspired riches they lack the morality that accompanies the true integrity of
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