TheGreat Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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TheGreat Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
TheGreat Gatsby isa novel authored by F. Scott Fitzgerald back in 1925. The storyoffers a historical and social view of America during the 1920s. Atthat time, America was at its peak in terms of economic prosperity.The novel illustrated the development of flapper culture, bootlegs,and jazz music. The author made use of these developments toconstruct the stories of Gatsby. This included basic details such asautomobiles to wider themes such as crime culture. The main purposeof the author is perhaps to inculcate to the readers’ mind thetimeless events that happened during the twenties. The settings ofthe story were inspired by Fitzgerald’s stay in the north shore ofLong Island. The mansion in the story most likely refers to the GoldCoast Mansion (). At the time the story was written, the authorwas an educated young man. He used to be a second lieutenant inAlabama. Fitzgerald fell in love with Zelda Sayre who was so intoleisure, fun, and socializing. Nick, the main character in the story,was so much alike with Fitzgerald. In particular, TheGreat Gatsby wasFitzgerald’s way of confronting his clashing emotions towards theJazz Age.
NickCarraway graduated from Yale and served the First World War. Upon hisgraduation, he got a job as a salesman and rented a house in the WestEgg Village at Long Island. The house was near the mansion of Gatsby,a millionaire who constantly hosted parties but never participated inthem. One summer, Nick received an invitation to attend one of theparties hosted by Gatsby. Nick met Jordan Baker and finallyencountered Gatsby who appeared to be an aloof young man. Gatsbyrecognized Nick because they belonged to the same division during thewar. Nick also learned about Daisy and Gatsby who were romanticallyinvolved back in 1917. Gatsby lived an extravagant way of life andattended several wild parties in an effort to give a good impressionto Daisy and in his desire for Daisy to one day show up again at hisdoorstep. Gatsby asked Nick to set up a reunion between Daisy andhimself. So Nick invited Daisy over to his home without informing herthat Gatsby would also be coming. Soon after, Daisy and Gatsbyrekindled their romance. But the problem was the fact that Daisy wasalready a married woman. Tom, Daisy’s husband, started havingsuspicions about his wife’s affair. Even though Tom was also havingextramarital affairs, he could not stand the idea that his wife wasengaging in infidelity. Tom and his group went to New York toconfront Gatsby at the Plaza Hotel. The outraged Tom announced toDaisy that Gatsby is a criminal and that his wealth comes fromillegal activities and bootlegging alcohol. Daisy pledged herallegiance to Tom. Nick, Tom, and Jordan travelled through the valleyand discovered that Gatsby’s car killed Myrtle, Tom’s mistress.From this incident, Nick learned that it was Daisy who was drivingGatsby’s car but Gatsby decided to take the blame. George, Myrtle’shusband falsely concluded that it was the driver of the car who wasthe secret lover so he found who the owner of the car was. Georgewent to Gatsby’s mansion and shot him. After which, Georgecommitted suicide by shooting himself. Nick arranged as small funeralfor his friend and ended his association with Jordan Baker.
TheGreat Gatsby isa story which depicts the downside of extravagant living. The storyis focused on human desire to start his life over again. The storyalso illustrates betrayal, brutality, and social politics. Throughthe use of sad ending and sarcasm, the story delivered the lessonsabout the downside of being overtly rich and the downside of beingtoo independent as a youth. There is also an apparent breakdown interms of class distinctions in the world of modern economy. Such isnot grounded on the person’s status as well as inherited rank buton one’s capacity to deliver the constantly changing needs of thepeople. TheGreat Gatsby isindeed a story about transformation and those individuals who do notwant changes. This change may either come from new sets of immigrantsor the minorities. During the 1920s, Americans have variousexperiences in terms of changes social circumstances and economicconditions of the country.
TheSide of Paradise andTheGreat Gatsby aresomehow similar when it comes to the characters’ roles. Carrawayand Gatsby were both examples of men who stopped at nothing tofulfill their dreams. In particular, Gatsby was even accused ofengaging in criminal activities hence he was able to live the life atthe mansion and the life of extravagant parties. In the story TheSide of Paradise, thecharacter of Amory Blaine was also perceived as someone who workshard to have a bright future. Knowing the he got a promising futureahead Blaine went to a boarding school and to Princeton Universityto get an education. Just as Carraway and Gatsby, Blaine also servedthe First World War.
Thetwo stories are mainly focus on the American Dream. For many people,the American dream pertains to the fulfillment of desires to belongto the rank of middle class or above middle level way of lifeAmerican dream speaks about success achievement through perseveranceand hard work. In the American society, people born in poorsituations ultimately remain poor due to unequal opportunity. Thegreater the disparity between the rich and the poor, the greater thepossibility that poor children remain stuck in the situation. Hence,poor families are urged to change their life by getting an educationbecause it is only through knowledge and education that people obtaingood job with great pay. A stable family life is among the indicatorsthat determine the potential of an individual to improve life. U.S.has high rates of divorce, teenage pregnancy, and single-parenthomes. On the consumerism state of mind, the American dream is anemblem of novelty, democracy of products, freedom of choice, andfreedom from racism and discrimination. For most Americans, Americandream is about living a life of peace, happiness, and abundance.American dream is about being able to get a good education and buy ahome.
F.Scott Fitzgerald is a renowned author who was successful in givingthe images of the 1920s to his readers. Two of his novels, TheSide of Paradise andTheGreat Gatsby, succinctlyillustrated how life was during those times, a life filled withhopes, ambitions, and criminalities. Though criminal acts were notfor everyone, it is much easier to say that people in the 1920sstruggled hard to live the American Dream.
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