My thesis here is:
"In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's juxtaposition of idealistic social roles versus the sybaritic shortcomings of personal lives illustrates the rampant materialism that ultimately leads to the downfall of the roaring 1920's."
I wanted to use examples along the lines of:
- Daisy not waiting for Gatsby and marrying Tom because Tom had money when Gatsby did not and she wanted money right then thus her materialism won over her personal happiness
- Myrtle Wilson being with Tom for money causing her personal distress at home and then being killed by running towards the car that represented her dream of wealth
- Gatsby throwing extravagant parties and doing what it took to be rich to win Daisy back leading to the exposure of his shady business resulting in his loss of Daisy and ultimate death
I also wanted to incorporate aspects of Fitzgerald's life and how buying on credit/ margin because similarly people desired the social standings that came with material possessions in the 1920s and how this was a major contributor to the Great Depression.
I'm having trouble tying my examples back to my thesis and actually juxtaposing the examples.
I'm not really sure how this website works- I just found it a few minutes ago. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas they would be greatly appreciated!