Lori Steinbach Certified Educator F. Scott Fitzgerald manages to define, praise, and condemn what is known as the American Dream in his most successful novel, The Great Gatsby. The novel is set inand it depicts the American Dream--and its demise--through the use of literary devices and symbols. One literary device he uses to depict the American Dream is motif; one motif is geography as represented by East and West Egg.
For the professional storyteller, and those wishing to become one, the lesson is in the novel itself. Thankfully, this film has led us back once more to consider the vast array of techniques this master storyteller used. Scott Fitzgerald write the Great American Novel?
Essentially, he wrote the Great American Story. He created what may be the fundamental story structure of 20th century America and wove together a number of characters who each express a different take on the problem that that structure exposes.
And the structure explains more about how the story works than anything else. At the start of the book, Nick tells us about a person he met when he went east. At the end of the book, Nick says he went back home to the Midwest.
First, the true main character is Nick. Fitzgerald uses the 3rd person storyteller. To see why this is so important to The Great Gatsby and indeed all of American storytelling, we have to look at the fundamental movement of American history. InFrederick Jackson Turner wrote an essay titled The Significance of the Frontier in American History, one of the most important essays in the history of history.
The Frontier Hypothesis said: Notice that if Turner is right, the close of the frontier means a fundamental shift in the American character, because the frontier is no longer exerting its power.
We are now 35 years after the close of the frontier, and 7 years after the Great World War, fought among the corrupt European powers we originally fled in order to form America.
In the America ofthe call of destiny is now: Nick goes to make it rich in the great American city of business. Gatsby undergoes the same eastern movement: Genres like Love, the Western, and Gangster, are the most important set of techniques in all of professional storytelling, and are covered during the entire third day of my Anatomy of Story Masterclass.
In the gangster story, instead of becoming a person of substance by confronting the land on the frontier, the immigrant enters the world of the city, of facades, of extreme differences of wealth and power.
The gangster hero is corrupted by false goals and false success, by his craving for money and status. Public Enemy, Little Caesar, and Scarface. All were heavily influenced by The Great Gatsby.
Scarface even makes direct steals, like the sign and the scene with the shirts. Within the Eastern story structure, Fitzgerald places another structure, a simple love story. By placing the love story within the Eastern structure of going after American success in the city, Fitzgerald turns Daisy into the human expression of the American promise which is being corrupted by money and status.
And love itself is twisted and destroyed. Nick, the main character, is solid, substantial, and moral. I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. Over the course of the story. Gatsby is the fake man who achieves greatness in his quest for a great love.
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