significant connections essay

its quite ironic isn’t that when you put something on a pedastool the further away it becomes. but why do we as humans continuously put things of value higher then us making them unattainable and out of reach? F. Scott Fitzgerald is a world-renowned author who is most commonly known for the Great Gatsby. like many great authors, he often carries certain aspects of his life through his books. this leaves us with connecting aspects throughout all of Gatsby books. one aspect that connects The Great Gatsby, Winter Dreams, Jelly Bean, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the aspect of  ‘the golden girl’. the golden girl is is considered golden because she is known as the perfect women the pinnacle of beauty and  wealth. this is why she is referred to as golden because gold is not only a symbol of beauty but also wealth. the golden girl has been created by society because we as people need a end goal the golden girl for the main protganist in F. Scott Fitzgerald is always the end goal. they belive that gaining the golden girl will lead to thier unchallenged happiness. and the perfect thye will atain the Golden couple status.

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the Great Gatsby is about Jay Gatsby who was born poor but strives for wealth in order to be worthy for daisy Beuchannans compassion. but this idea is unrealistic due to Gatsby plethora of wants. one of these wants is that Gatsby wants Daisy to erase 5 years of her life 5 years where she gets married has a child. If Gatsby is able to accept that this time has happened and you cant forgot 5 years of your life then maybe daisy would have been attainable but its gatsby incompatibility to realize that time cant be undone is the reason for his unrealistic dream of attaining the golden girl. this is shown in the quote “‘Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’” this shows how he has no lack of confidence that he can reach his dream of the ‘golden girl’.  also gatsby unwillingness to realize this despite daisy saying “‘Oh, you want too much!’ she cried to Gatsby. ‘I love you now—isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.’” is the reason that the golden girl is always tantalizingly close for Gatsby. the reason that Gatsby couldn’t believe that he wouldn’t be successful in his goal is that he had invested his whole life his whole existence into impressing daisy. that daisy giving up a small 5 years would almost seem like the minimum sacrifice for them to be together.

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In Winter Dreams, Dexter is a young caddy when he first lays eyes upon Judy jones when she’s playing golf. from this moment on he decides to reinvent himself to gain Judy jones admiration. but Judy Jones is a hollow character this means she herself has no true identity and is always a projection of what her current male partner may be. this is shown with the quote  “I’ll be so beautiful for you, Dexter” this shows us how she is only a liquid that fills the molds of the wants of her current partner by the use of the phrase ‘beautiful for you’ this tells us that what she does she never does for herself. for this reason, this is why Dexter and she will never be together because she will never truly be happy with her current partner until she can learn to become happy with herself. that is why she bounces between men never truly becoming satisfied this is further proven with the quote “I’m more beautiful than anybody else,” she said brokenly, “why can’t I be happy?”. the ways that Judy Jones and Daisy Buchannan are similar is that both of these characters are just out of reach of Dexters and Gatsby’s grasp. but in reality, the reason that keeps these couples from having a happy ever after is more severe than both of these characters originally think. with the fact of trying to erase time and having a spouse that has no real substance.

Jim Powell role in life is just to idle. just to be present nothing more nothing less. this until he lays eyes on Nancy Lamar the notorious bad girl. she is one always to act out spontaneously and always does the immediate action that will lead to her immediate satisfaction and isn’t one to think about the repercussions on others around her even the repercussions that will effect herself. this is shown once she confesses her love towards Jim Powell only because of his luck with dice and how it helped her get out of some money she owed. this is shown in the quote “He’s lucky in dice, and as a matter fact, I love him” this shows us how her sole reason for falling for someone is to solely use them to help get her out of debt. her ‘love’ is proven to be superficial when Nancy then gets married in a drunken spur to a different man than whom she claimed to love previously. this shows us how nancy lives a destructive lifestyle filled with instant gratification and no long-term commitments. the reason why its unrealistic for Jim to be with Nancy I because she only lives in the moment and has no sense of commitment towards her proclaimed lovers. in many ways, she is similar to Judy Jones because they both show destructive traits that inevitably lead to there unhappiness. This destructive trait (in the case of Judy Jones she has no substance and for Nancy Lamar, she is dangerously erratic and never thinks of the future) always manages to come in the way of the main protagonist (Dexter and Jim) falling short of maintaining their golden girl.

when Benjamin button was born into this world, not as a baby but instead quite strangely an old man and as his life goes forward he ages backward. But despite this occurrence benjamin still manages to fall in love with his golden girl who after first seeing her he says how he “will never forget those beautiful blue eyes” this shows us how he is almost in a trance from the moment he sees her he knows that he will always have longing this is because he will “never forget” her eyes so, therefore, he will never forget her. Because of his rare condition, Benjamin is always aware of the fact that Daisy fuller (golden girl) will always be distant no matter how close they are. this is presented when they are both the same age living in the best time of their lives happily together and Benjamin still feels a sense of melancholy when he says “I was thinking how nothing lasts, and what a shame that is” this is because he knows that eventually, he will have to leave daisy when their physical ages widen back up. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is different from the rest of F Scotts Fitzgeralds writing in many ways but also very similar. we can see this in how that there is a factor that is keeping the main protagonist   forever happy with the golden girl, but in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button this factor is out of the control the characters because in Winter Dreams, The Great Gatsby and The Jelly Bean it is always a personality trait shown by the protagonist or the golden girl that makes their relationship unattainable. But in the curious case of benjamin button, we see that both daisy and Benjamin want to be together but can’t due to the condition of benjamins aging. The reason why this is different is because the Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a movie directed by David Fincher. the reason why this piece will be different because this director will have different life experiences so when he creates a remake of F Scott Fitzgerald social relism style of writing into a movie it will replicate his life more than F Scott Fitzgerald.

As we can see F. Scott Fitzgerald carries the idea of the golden girl, the end goal and the perfect couple throughout his work. but eventually it ends up to be an illusion and the main protagonists longing is never fulfilled because of some limiting fact wether it is an impossible goal form Gatsby, the golden girl having no real substance, destructive nature and no regard to long-term consequences, and finally a rare disease that makes you age backwards. these are all reasons for the golden girl to be untouchable the main protagonist can get close but never will they fully fulfill there dreams of attaining the golden girl. the reason why F Scott Fitgerald writes about the golden girl is because him and his wife Zelda were seen as the perfect couple of the nineteen twenties but when we look into their marriage we see that their marriage was flawed and there were problems despite them being seen as the golden couple. so the reason he writes about the golden girl is to show us that perfection doesn’t exist and that no matter how good things may seem there is always faults in our lives.

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  1. Campbell,

    Make sure you explore the concept of “The Golden Girl” and possibly who she was to Fitzgerald.

    You still have a lot of work to do in our last three periods of writing.

    Make sure you are analysing your evidence and not just the plot of each text.

    Mrs. P

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  2. Campbell,

    You still need to explain what this “golden girl” is. What is the “golden girl”? Why is she “golden”? How is she a product of society or a concept created by society? What is it about her the lures the main protagonists in?

    Remember to make strong comments about the connections between the texts- ways that they are similar, different, possible reasons for these similarities or differences, ways in which the language is similar or different, the value of the element to the reader etc.

    Mrs. P

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