Eastern Desires (An essay on 'The Great Gatsby' by Fitzgerald)

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Eastern Desires

The roaring twenties. Cars were the things to have and

a party was the place to be. Everybody wanted something.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's book, The Great Gatsby, describes the

events that happen to eight people during the summer of 1922.

In the book, people went from west to east because something

they desired was in the east; unfortunatly in the end those

'somethings' were unattainable.

...I decided to go east and learn the

bond business. Everybody I knew was

in the bond business so I supposed it

could support one more single man. All

my aunts and uncles talked it over as

if they were choosing a prep school

for me...

Nick went to the east to make money. He was from the

midwest, and even though his family was doing pretty well in

the money department, Nick wanted to make his own money. By

going from the midwest to the east, Fitzgerald shows Nick's

desire to have more money.

After spending the summer in the

east and seeing how money affects people, he decides to go

back west.

I see now that this has been a

story of the west, after all-Tom

and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and

I, were all westerners and and

perhaps we possessed some deficiency

in common which made us subtly

unadaptable to eastern life.

In other words, after finding out what the east was really like,

Nick lost his interest in being in the east and returned to the


Gatsby came east looking for another type of money -

Daisy. Gatsby and Daisy had last seen each other about five

years before, when they were dating. Then Gatsby had to go

to war. While he was away in war, Daisy met Tom and then

married Tom. Daisy had always...