Plot Flaws in The Great Gatsby Essay

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Plot Flaws in The Great Gatsby





Plot Flaws in The Great Gatsby:
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was a novel that epitomizes the time in our
history known as the roaring twenties. It was a time of great extravagances and
frolicsome attitudes. The novel also revealed the darker side of this time with its
underlying themes of greed and betrayal on the part of many of the characters. The novel
as a whole seems to be a very well thought out piece of literature with little or no
flaws. However, if studied a bit harder several defects can be spotted. These include
such things as shifts in setting, sequence manipulation, and shifting of narrators.

The setting of a novel is very important to the overall plot. It can help define the mood
and can give some aspects of where the story is headed. The majority of the story takes
place in “East and West Egg” of Long Island, New York. These locations were
where the majority of the main characters lived and interacted with one another. That was
until chapter seven of the novel. Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby have been invited to tea
at Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s home. This was a very critical portion of the plot due
to the increasing pressures Gatsby and Daisy are feeling about their relationship, and
when they will tell Tom of their affair. It was very hot and all present were obviously
uncomfortable. Suddenly Daisy asked, “Who wants to go to town?”(125). They
eventually agree and all go to town. They end up getting a hotel room in downtown New
York City which was just as hot if not hotter than where they had already been. Daisy and
Gatsby tell Tom of their encounters and then they all decide to go home. Why did this
needless act that could have occurred back at the Buchanan’s occur? Its only
purpose was to set the stage for the hit and run incident that takes place on the trip
home. It was merely an easy, but awkward way to get the characters where Fitsgerald
wanted them.

Another flaw in the plot line was that of obvious sequence manipulation. An example of
this was when they decided to go to town in chapter seven. Tom, Nick, and Jordan go in
Gatsby’s car, and Gatsby and Daisy go in Tom’s. Then on their return they
have the same car arrangements. This was very unusual particularly with the circumstances
surrounding Gatsby, Tom, and Daisy’s conversation in the hotel room. In a real life
situation there would be no way that Tom would have let his wife ride home with the man
she was having an affair with. This unrealistic action was performed to put the
characters in the right position needed for the confusion of the car accident involving
Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanan’s mistress. Not to mention that it so happened that
Daisy was supposedly driving even though she was severely shaken up by the hotel incident.
“She thought it would steady her to drive...”(151); driving is the last thing
somebody should do if they are emotionally traumatized.
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