The Great Gatsby Book Report

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THE GREAT GATSBY 'The Great Gatsby' written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a fascinating work of fiction narrated by Nick Carraway. It explores the intricate details of the lives of the inhabitants of West and East Egg, their differences and similarities as well as the train of events that coalesce them.The investigator chose to write a review of this book because of the appreciation the investigator has for the tremendous work Fitzgerald has done with this literary piece, to be ultimately dubbed one of America's most important works of fiction by American magazine Time. Fitzgerald was born Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald on September 24, 1986 in St.Paul Minnesota to parents of lower class Mary McQuillan and Edward Fitzgerald. Though…show more content…
Though himself tends to be promiscuous he is angered that his wife may have been unfaithful, forcing the group to drive to New York he confronts Gatsby at the Plaza hotel lording 'old money' over Gatsby and Daisy comes to the realization that her allegiance is with Tom. Trying to prove that Gatsby cannot hurt him Tom sends Daisy home with Gatsby while Nick, Jordan and Tom rode together . Upon approaching the Valley of the Ashes they discover Myrtle Wilson, had been struck and killed at the hands of Gatsby's car. Nick later learns from Gatsby that Daisy was driving the car but Gatsby intends to shelter the blame. Upon being aware of this Tom tells Myrtle's husband, George that Gatsby was driving without regards to the fact that Gatsby could've changed his mind. George assumes that the driver of the car must have been Myrtle's lover and so he pays Gatsby the last visit of his life before saying goodbye to his own life as well. The remembrance ceremony for Gatsby held by Nick hardly saw a ghost. Disgusted Nick severs his ties and heads back to the Midwest. Throughout the novel Fitzgerald employs a number of literary techniques these include symbolism which appeared in the form of the green light at the end of Daisy's dock that had Gatsby enthralled it represents Gatsby's hopes and dreams, everything that haunts and beckons…show more content…
On the other hand the easterners have inherited their wealth. East egg and West Egg not only symbolizes this but also the fact that the easterners are "old money" who have powerful and influential social connections and the westerners are the newly rich "new money" who made fortunes in the 1920's boom and therefore have no social connections and tend to overcompensate for this lack with lavish displays of wealth as Gatsby did with his parties. There is also the american dream that hard work can lead one from rags to riches. Gatsby shortcuts this however in his quest for Daisy and ends up corrupting it with unscrupulous transactions. The past and the future Nick and Gatsby are continually troubled by time the past haunts Gatsby and the future weighs down on Nick. When Nick tells Gatsby that you can't repeat the past, Gatsby says "Why of course you can!" Gatsby believing that money can recreate the past dedicates his entire life to recapturing the perfect past he had with Daisy. Nick's fear of the future foreshadows his life. The day Gatsby and Tom argue at the Plaza Hotel, Nick suddenly realizes that it's his thirtieth birthday. He thinks of the new decade before him as a "portentous menacing
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