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EmelyAmaya

3/31/15
Period:3

Consciencein
TheGreatGatsby

Consciencenessisaloomingcrossroads,bothsidestantalizingandpromising
ambiguousdestinationsyetshroudedinawearyingfog,materializedbythepompouspuppeteers
whobindthesusceptibleinstrings,guidingthemwhicheverwaytheyplease,dismissingthe
slavesaverseprotest.F.ScottFitzgeralds
TheGreatGatsby
dispersesmindsofdeceiving
charmandmaliciousbeautyfromthe1920sdiversemoralcompassthroughcharacterizationand
symbolismtorevealthetemptationsthatmanyofhisexaltedcharactershavehadtowardsthe
forbiddenandhowtheirmoralsaredeteriorated,riddentoshamblesbytheirmisledresolveto
gratifythecunningwealthygentrytheyaffiliatethemselveswiththroughoutthisreminiscence.

Fitzgeraldspersonageswerecleverlystrewnthroughthepageslikemothsto
aflame,drivenalivebytheradiant,captivatingpossibilitieshepresentedthem,temptingand
suddenlyrevealingthemastheburningandmercilessbanethatwouldbringtheirdemiseswiftly
andcompletely,inevitablebythecharactersrashnessandobsession.Theillusionsand
materialisticidealsbornfromthisworldembeddedthemselvesinthemindsofthesecharacters,
sullyingtheirjudgmentsandcatalyzedthemtocontradicteventheirownpriorbeliefsfrom
whichtheyanchoredthemselvestopropercivilization.Nickistheobserverofallthese
calamitouseventswhiletheyunfold,hisdeterminedmoralsportrayinghisshield.Yettherewere
chinksinhisarmorhesubconsciouslydeniedthroughouthisencounters.Hisacquaintanceship
withJordanBakerseemstobeskewinghisholdonproperselfmanagementanddecorum,the
possibleaccomplicesbeinganimpressionablefascinationoraninfantileloveinterest.Her
dauntingandrebelliousnaturetolieandcheatwhenitcomestoherbuddinggolfingcareer
seemstograteathismoralstandingsbutheimmediatelyexpelsanyillthinkingofher.Literary
criticSusanResneckParrexpressedasmuchwhenshestatedthatdespitethissensitivityto
Jordansmotivationforlying,Nickimmediatelyandeasilydismissestheissuebyhim
reasonablystatingthatItmadenodifferencetome.Dishonestyinawomanisathingyou
neverblamedeeplyIwascasuallysorry,andthenIforgot(Fitzgerald63).Hismatteroffact
toneseemstobeveryfeebleonhispartofreasoningthroughJordansactions,claimingthemto
beexpectedfromwomenlikeher,andalsosupportsthathisinterpretationofhisfathersadvice
wasillused,hisdecisivegoaltoreservealljudgmentcausinghimtodenyhisowninstincts
andinterjectionstowardstheimmoralityofothers,findingnofaultandlingeringhimselfintheir
shadowsstill.

Identityisaparticularfacetofthesoulthatseemsincorruptibleand
enduring.Yettherearemanyabysmalchasmsofprospectandaspiration,desirousofbeingfilled
withexceptionalingredientsthatwillembellishthebeingssignificanceorcallinginthisworld.

EmelyAmaya
3/31/15
Period:3

Yetthesedissectionsofthebeingseemtobenotcomplimentingthepersonmorebut
diminishingtheirrecognizableanduniquefootprintfromthisuniversethatdistinguishesthe
personastheirtrueselves,notacounterfeitbeing.Unfortunatelytherehavebeencharactersthat
havesubmittedthemselvestotheseinjusticesonlyfortherelishoftheirencounterstothenbe
ruthlesslydiscardedwhentheirvaluehadwanedandtheirexistencebecameinconsequential.To
Nick,Gatsbywashopeincarnate.HisrelentlessinfatuationtohisluminousfuturewithDaisy
spurredhimforunreachablethings,crazedtothepointthatheblurredandcensoredallportrayals
ofrealismfromhisperceptionandlosinghimselfinhisetherealdelusionandabandoningany
knowledgeorassociationwithrealitytosoar.HeheldDaisyonagodlypedestallikeanidol,
onlyseeingherwhitedressesandgoldenhairaswingsandhalo,buthadhewokenupfromhis
intoxicatingreverieandtrulylookedathimselfashewas,hemayhavefoundunbearablechains
meldedontohim,hopefullycausingsomereflectiontothesinglemindeddevotionhe
relinquishedtoherandtotheselfcorruptionhesubjectedhimselftothathethoughtwouldmake
himmoreworthytopossessDaisy,butonlywitheredhimawayintoanemptyhusk,carnageleft
torotbyDaisysnarcissistic