The Great Gatsby by F.scott. Fitzgerald

Author Bio

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 24, 1896, and named after his ancestor who wrote the Star Spangled Banner. F. Scott Fitzgerald was known for his short stories and hectic personal life.His first novel,The Great Gatsby was a success and made him famous. He also married the woman he loved, his muse Zelda, but he later fell into drinking and Zelda had a mental breakdown. Following his unsuccessful novel, Tender is the Night, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood and became a scriptwriter. He died of a heart attack in 1940, at age 44, his final novel only half completed.

Summary

The Great Gatsby follows the narration of a man named Nick Carraway, and his summer following his Cousin Daisy, her husband Tom, and his neighbor Jay Gatsby in the 1920's. Nick is soon friends with Gatsby and learns many things about the mysterious millionaire of West Egg.Nick is suddenly caught up in the lies and secrets when he finds out about Tom's affair and Gatsby's love for Daisy. The story builds it's climax when Gatsby wants Daisy to tell Tom she never loved him. All the characters are in extremely volatile positions and everything comes to a head on the hottest day of the year. After Daisy doesn't follow Gatsby's plan and runs out of the apartment they all part ways back to East Egg.During the drive back Myrtle, Tom's mistress, thinks she sees Tom's car and rushes in front of it. Not knowing it was actually only Daisy and Gatsby she gets ran over and killed. The death gets pinned on Gatsby even though it was Daisy driving. while Myrtle's husband goes looking for his wife's murderer he tracks down Gatsby while he's at his house. Myrtle's Husband then shoots Gatsby in his pool and then himself. The story ends with Daisy running away with Tom while Nick desperately tries to get people to attend Gatsby's funeral.

Themes

Obsession

Th obsession mostly revolves around gatsby and his love for Daisy. He thinks about her constantly and is coming up with schemes to win her attention. He even bought a house right across from her and throws crazy parties hoping she will come.Gatsby doesn't love Daisy a she is but as she was 5 years ago, he is obsessed with the memory or idea of her.

"When I said you were a friend of Tom's, he started to abandon the whole idea. He doesn't know very much about Tom, though he says he's read a Chicago paper for years just on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy's name." (4.152)

Secrets

Secrets are a very big part of the story, they are what drive the characters and the plot all the way up until the climax. Almost all the characters have secrets and secrets they all have Nick keep. Tom and his affair, Daisy and Gatsby, Keeping their love away from Tom, and even Gatsby's past.He is right in the middle of all their secrets and that causes definite tension within the story.

''Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.''-Nick C

The American Dream

The American Dream is also a major theme within The Great Gatsby, Everyone seems to be going after one. Gatsby went after the dream of having money and power instead of his lowly beginnings.Nick wants to become a successful business man and work bonds in New York instead of his midwestern upbringings. Everyone wants this perfect life or " american Dream" and strive for it by their actions

Meyer Wolfsheim? No, he's a gambler." Gatsby hesitated, then added coolly: "He's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919." "Fixed the World's Series?" I repeated. […] "Why isn't he in jail?" "They can't get him, old sport. He's a smart man." (112-118)

Reviews

Still the brightest boy in the class, Scott Fitzgerald holds up his hand. It is noticed that his literary trousers are longer, less bell-bottomed, but still precious. - TIME
"The Great Gatsby" is a magnificent novel on every level. Fitzgerald writes about the Jazz Age in language that beautifully evokes music. -Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media

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