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COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE PRESENTATION OF THE CHARACTERS OF JAY GATSBY AND DICK DIVER NOTE ESPECIALLY THEIR ATTITUDES TO LIFE LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS THEIR DEMISE AND THE ROLES THEY PLAY WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE NOVELS F Scott Fitzgerald is known as a writer who chronicled his times This work has been critically acclaimed for portraying the sentiments of the American people during the 1920s and 1930s The Great Gatsby was written in 1924 whilst the Fitzgeralds were staying on the French Riviera and Tender is the Night was written nearly ten years later is set on among other places the Riviera There are very interesting aspects of these works such as the way Fitzgerald treats his so-called heroes and to what extent we can call them heroic Gatsby and Diver are both presented as wealthy men leading privileged lives The Great Gatsby was written before the Depression and the optimism and faith in the power of money within the novel demonstrates this belief that people had Notably it is the characters faith in riches and not Fitzgeralds own Gatsby is a self-made millionaire making his money through bootlegging He has acquired vast amounts of money and believes that this money will help persuade Daisy to love him and leave Tom This is illustrated in Chapter five when Daisy is shown around Gatsbys mansion at his request He shows her every detail through from the gardens to his shirts and he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes Gatsby sees his money and possessions as wonderful things but they are also more than that they are a means to an end the end being Daisy He bough the house because of where it was in relation to Daisy across the bay and he held the most amazing parties in the hope that Daisy or someone that knew Daisy would come Gatsby in effect devoted his
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