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  1. Introduction
  2. The book The Great Gatsby
  3. Descriptions of Daisy's voice
  4. An analysis of Bernice Bobs Her Hair
  5. Conclusion
  6. Works cited

It is a well-established notion that in his writings, F. Scott Fitzgerald was able to capture the spirit of the 1920's like few other authors. As a member of the Lost Generation, the group of writers who worked in the years following the First World War, Fitzgerald's novels and short stories are rife with the wealth, luxury, splendor, and decadence of the times. However, behind this analysis of the social order of America during the Roaring Twenties, lies a hidden criticism of capitalism as a corrupt and dying economic system that mirrors the values and ideas of Karl Marx and his ?Communist Manifesto.? Consequently, a predominantly Communist theme that is common in much of Fitzgerald's work is the idea that capitalism transforms everything, and everybody, into a ?commercial commodity.? Specifically, in ?The Great Gatsby,? ?Bernice Bobs Her Hair,? and ?Head and Shoulders,? Fitzgerald displays how Daisy, Bernice, and Marcia are viewed by society as objects to be bought and sold, with their attractiveness as purchases depending largely on their presentation of themselves .

[...] In Great Gatsby,? Fitzgerald expresses his ideas about the transformation of women into commercial commodities through the character of Daisy Buchannon. Daisy is the most desirable object of the entire book, wanted by both Gatsby and Tom, but her most desirable feature is not her personality or her intelligence, but rather her voice: is invariably associated with the things that surround her, her car and her house particularly, and most of all her voice.?[5] Each time Fitzgerald introduces Daisy, he makes a pointed reference to her voice, it's ability to excite and move any listener, and it is clear that everyone around her acknowledges that her attractiveness is due to her voice[6]: Gatsby describes it as ?full of money;? Nick speaks of it as a "deathless song."[7] Furthermore, Daisy rarely anything, but instead, or ?whispers,? always ?compelling the listener forward for her breathless message.?[8] Later descriptions of Daisy's voice, including her song at one of Gatsby's parties, a ?husky, rhythmic whisper,? serve to further show that Daisy's voice is the overpowering feature that relates to her attractiveness and desirability, much in the same way that today's consumers value the sound quality of Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. [...]

[...] "Possessions in The Great Gatsby." Southern Review. Vol Issue 2Spring 2001 187- May 2006 . Fitzgerald, F. Scott. "Bernice Bobs Her Hair." Writings by Fitzgerald Jan 1998. University of South Carolina May 2006 Fitzgerald, [...]

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