"The Great Gatsby"

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The narrator of "The Great Gatsby" is a young man from Minnesota named Nick Carraway. He speaks very highly of himself. He stated that he learned from his father to reserve judgment about other people because if he holds them up to his own moral standards he will misunderstand them. He is both highly moral and highly tolerant. He briefly mentions Gatsby, the hero of his story, when he represented everything he scorns, but he exempts Gatsby from his judgments. Nick describes Gatsby’s personality as nothing short of “gorgeous.”Gatsby was a hopeless romantic character in this novel. Daisy told him that rich girls don’t marry poor boys. Gatsby spent the rest of his life becoming rich to win Daisy over. No one seems to know the truth about Gatsby’s wealth or personal history. Jordan Baker’s friend Lucille speculates that Gatsby was a German spy during the war. The only thing that people truly know about Gatsby is that he is extremely rich.

He built a huge mansion right down the road from Daisy where he frequently threw parties.

One of the reasons that Gatsby became so famous around New York was that he throws elaborate parties every weekend at his mansion, lavish spectacles to which peoplelong to be invited. Gatsby’s parties were almost unbelievably luxurious. Guest marvelover his Rolls-Royce, his swimming pool, his beach, crates of fresh oranges and lemons,Daugherty 2buffet tents in the garden overflowing with a feast, and a live orchestra playing under the stars. Liquor flows freely, and the quests grow louder as they get drunk. During the 1920’s drinking was banded. Gatsby’s parties were the only place where liquor was available to drink.

This time in life was called the “lost generation.” It was taken place during the Great Depression. There was two parts of Long Island, the West Egg and the East Egg. West Egg was the home to the “new rich,” those who, having made their fortunes recently, have neither the social connections nor the refinement to move among the East Egg set. West Egg is characterized by lavish displays of wealth and garish poor taste. Gatsby’s mansion was in the part of town called the West Egg. He claims to have been educated at Oxford, to have collected jewels in the capitals of Europe, to have hunted big game and to have been awarded medals in World War I by multiple European countries. He was good at retaining money and he did it all for Daisy.

Daisy was invited over to his mansion to see everything he has accomplished. Daisy was overwhelmed by his luxurious lifestyle, and when he shows her his extensive collection of English shirts, she begins to cry. Daisy soon realizes her love for Gatsby once again, but after all of his accomplishments and effort Daisy remains with Tom. Gatsby took the blame for the automobile accident that killed Myrtle. Soon after the accident Wilson goes to Gatsby’s house, finding his lying on an air mattress in the pool, floating in the water and looking at the sky. Wilson shoots Gatsby, killing him instantly,and then shoots himself. Wilson probably put Gatsby out of his misery. “A life withoutlove is a life not worth living.”BibliographyF. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1925.