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The value of reading a text closely is that you can see what the writer is doing- how he or she has used structure or setting or characters or a particular point of view or some aspect of language to direct the readers response Show how the writer has used one or more of these to direct your response in The Great Gatsby In the novel The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald shows a clear contempt of the American Dream an ideal that the characters that he has created either chase or have achieved Through his excellent writing technique Fitzgerald reduces the characters of the novel to seeming obsessed with material possessions petty superficial and selfish and indeed he seems to attribute much of this to the setting of the novel America in the 1920s Through both subtle hints within the plot as well as passages that blatantly support Fitzgeralds own views the reader is left only to agree with Fitzgeralds feelings towards post war upper class Americans after concluding the novel The main characters in The Great Gatsby all have very different personalities Despite this however all of the characters are affected by money and Fitzgerald uses this fact to influence the response of the reader Some characters like Gatsby and Tom Buchanan have money and are very expressive with it Examples of this are Gatsbys expensive Rolls Royce and Toms polo horses that he flew in from Chicago Nick mentions that everybody had seen Gatsbys car pg 63 pointing to the fact that Gatsby flaunted the vehicle and by association his wealth and Tom flying in polo horses from another city would obviously be outrageously expensive Other characters such as Myrtle lust for money Essentially being of the middle class Myrtles attraction to Tom is not one based on love and affection Rather Tom represents something that Myrtle has never had- endless wealth- and with this Myrtle correlates
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