It is quite astounding how the story flowed from the beginning ‘til end. I am dumb-founded how tragic the story is. Nevertheless, I am convinced that F. Scott Fitzgerald has moved the readers with this masterpiece. I wish to imply that the title itself is a bit ironic because “great” entails loneliness so long as the story is concerned. The thing is, even though Gatsby is a wealthy man he is actually sad despite of the parties he throws. Despite of its tragic end, the story is a must-read piece of literature.
With East Egg, West Egg, the valley of ashes, and New York City as the four main settings, the story takes place during the 1920’s.
As the narrator of the story, Nick Carraway decided to move to New York to learn the bond business. Next to his house is a huge mansion of Mr. Gatsby who always delights his place with extravagant parties. He soon met his cousin, Daisy Buchanan and her wife Tom over dinner. He later found revelations about the people around him; Tom has an affair with Myrtle Wilson and Daisy and Gatsby had a relationship. It was clear to him then that the reason Gatsby throws parties in his mansion is to impress Daisy with the hope to have her back. Their love rekindled but one day on their way home they met a car accident in which Myrtle was killed. Gatsby took the blame for Daisy. George Wilson, Myrtle’s husband shot him and then killed himself. After Gatsby’s funeral, Nick decided to return to his hometown.
One of the themes of the story is success; Gatsby believed that the only way to win Daisy back is though his wealth. He was confident enough that his wealth is ample to have her back when in fact he could have confronted her with his feelings.
It is very evident that love and happiness cannot be brought that is why no matter how much you love a person, you cannot just get what you want by using your riches. Love has to find its real sense.
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In 1925, The Great Gatsby was published and hailed as an artistic and material success for its young author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is considered a vastly more mature and artistically masterful treatment of Fitzgerald's themes than his earlier fiction. These works examine the results of the Jazz Age generation's adherence to false material values.
In The Great Gatsby's nine chapters, Fitzgerald presents the rise and fall of Jay Gatsby, as related in a first-person narrative by Nick Carraway. Carraway reveals the story of a farmer's son-turned racketeer, named Jay Gatz. His ill-gotten wealth is acquired solely to gain acceptance into the sophisticated, moneyed world of the woman he loves, Daisy Fay Buchanan. His romantic illusions about the power of money to buy respectability and the love of Daisy—the “golden girl” of his dreams—are skillfully and ironically interwoven with episodes that depict what Fitzgerald viewed as the callousness and moral irresponsibility of the affluent American society of the 1920s.
America at this time experienced a cultural and lifestyle revolution. In the economic arena, the stock market boomed, the rich spent money on fabulous parties and expensive acquisitions, the automobile became a symbol of glamour and wealth, and profits were made, both legally and illegally. The whirlwind pace of this post-World War I era is captured in Fitzgerald's Gatsby, whose tragic quest and violent death foretell the ...