The Great Gatsby

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is Copyright 1925

The Great Gatsby is about money, love, and revenge. Nick Carraway is from a well-to-do family and goes out into the world to make his own fortunes. He goes to West Egg, near East Egg, both equally prominent. He lives near Mr. Jay Gatsby, a reclusive, mysterious man who throws many awesome parties, though no one ever sees the host. However, when he is able to meet the man, Gatsby takes quite a liking to him. Meanwhile, Nick also gets to know his neighbors in East Egg: Tom and Daisy Buchanan, and Jordan Baker. There are two other major characters in the Valley of Ashes, which is near West Egg: George and Myrtle Wilson. These are all the major characters. Early on, we find out that Tom is cheating on Daisy with Myrtle. Throughout the book, we basically watch as Tom treats women as objects, but he's rich, so it's all right, isn't it? Gatsby is actually a really nice guy. Gatsby used to serve in the military, and while he was he found Daisy. This was before she married Tom, so both she and Gatsby fell in love. Since he was in the military, he had to leave Daisy, and she forgot about him. Through Nick, Gatsby has found her again, and they start seeing each other behind Toms back. It seems that Gatsby would like to recreate the past, and orders Daisy to break up with Tom. That night, Daisy, while driving Gatsby's car, accidentally hits, and kills, Myrtle. George, insane with rage, believes Gatsby to be the guilty one, killing both him and himself. All through this, Daisy does nothing to help Gatsby. In the end, at Gatsby's funeral and afterwards, we see how he influenced the world, or the lack thereof. But mostly, how Nick's perception of the world changed.

I'd highly recommend a read of this, to see how money and the economy controls humanity, how it changes us, and the consequences of our actions. This book holds many themes, and I'll get into them in my reflections sections.

Who's the author?

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul Minnesota in 1896. In 1918, while in the military,he met Zelda Sayre. He attended Princeton University in 1920 and published his first novel "This Side of Paradise". Fitzgerald and his wife traveled the world and became a part of a similar group of people that included many famous novelists. They had a daughter Frances (AKA Scottie. By the time the thirties came, the Fitzgerald's lives were falling apart. Mr.Fitzgerald was drinking and Zelda suffered several mental breakdowns. After all this, with Zelda in a sanitarium, Fitzgerald headed to Hollywood to become a scriptwriter and lived with a gossip columnist, Sheilah Graham. He died of a heart attack at 44, with his novel "The Love of the Last Tycoon" or "The Last Tycoon" half finished. Sources are "The Great Gatsby" and https://www.britannica.com/biography/F-Scott-Fitzgerald

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