Essay about The Great Gatsby

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Francis Scott Fitzgerald grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota in a middle class family where he was exposed to the lavish of the upper-class, but he did not have the financial means to make that lifestyle his own. Fitzgerald became famous overnight with the publication of his first work, This Side of Paradise, published 1920. His long writing career commenced with his position as a writer for The Saturday Evening Post. Fitzgerald, in 1924, wrote The Great Gatsby, a novel detailing the American Dream. The setting of this novel was in Fitzgerald's own time; as such the reader sees Fitzgerald’s own views on his world. Fitzgerald uses this work to showcase the values he embraced in his own life, such as materialism and the enchantment of affluence, …show more content…
The Buchanan’s lack the showiness that Gatsby is characteristic of. Jay Gatsby and Nick reside in West Egg; both have accumulated wealth through their labors, yet they do not have the class and intelligence to match their prosperity. If you view them from a moral standpoint, East Egg and West Egg both bear natural faults, whether it is snobbishness or bareness. In general, the setting is directly related to the main theme of the story: the American dream, in the sense that each character, based on their residence, tries to prevail themselves greatly into the faux realm of riches.

The Great Gatsby is a work that portrays the American dream while at the same time criticizes the notion. Nick Carraway, the narrator, is introduced as a functioning character of the book. He finds out that Gatsby, his neighbor, had a previous relationship with his cousin Daisy that ultimately broke due to his deficit of money. Nick meets Gatsby at one of his parties where they forge a friendship. After a while, Nick discovers that Gatsby needs a favor: he wishes to be back with Daisy. Since Gatsby's main goal in life was to amaze Daisy with his wealth, he was still terrified to meet her at Nick's place. They fall immediately back in love; strangely, Daisy is swayed by the amount of shirts Gatsby owns. Tom builds up a suspicion as to Daisy’s motives, and Gatsby accepts his relationship with Daisy is now different.

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