The Great Gatsby Essay | Bleakness and Futility in Chapter 2 of "The Great Gatsby"

This student essay consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis of Bleakness and Futility in Chapter 2 of "The Great Gatsby".
This section contains 1,350 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on Bleakness and Futility in Chapter 2 of "The Great Gatsby"

Bleakness and Futility in Chapter 2 of "The Great Gatsby"

Summary: Imagery, form and structure in the second chapter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel about the 1920's Jazz Age, "The Great Gatsby."
Consider pages 23-25 of Chapter II of "the Great Gatsby"; examine Fitzgerald's imagery, form and structure and its comment on 1920s American society.

Juxtaposed to the starry-eyed end of Chapter 1, the `crumbling' and `desolate' image of the valley of ashes projects the bleakness and futility of the inner recesses of 1920s Jazz Age society. It embodies the spiritually hollow nature of the society as something eventually to implode and to collapse into the insubstantiality of its underpinning. The bonds of the hedonistic revelry of the opening chapter find metaphorical dismemberment in the contradictory gloominess of chapter 2; they collapse like the fabric of the American dream.

Fitzgerald manages to evoke the spiritual insolvency of the valley through the glaring imagery of the `spasms of dust' and the `foul river', generating a world built furtively and inescapably by the hands of the faceless...

(read more)

This section contains 1,350 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on Bleakness and Futility in Chapter 2 of "The Great Gatsby"
Copyrights
BookRags Student Essays
Bleakness and Futility in Chapter 2 of "The Great Gatsby" from BookRags Student Essays. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook