Data Sheet Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby Datasheet
Author Facts:
* Member of the Princeton class of 1917
* Wrote the scripts and lyrics for the Princeton Triangle Club Musicals Source: www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/biography.html
Setting:
* West Egg- the less wealthy side of Long Island. Gatsby lives on this part of the island even though he is extremely wealthy. This makes this setting significant because it makes it evident that Gatsby has not fully filled the shoes of a typical person that lives in East Egg like Daisy and Tom. * East Egg- the wealthy side of Long Island. Tom, Daisy, and Jordan are the characters that live here. This setting is significant because Gatsby is constantly staring at Daisy’s dock light across on her East Egg home. It is the sign of his desires to finally have Daisy once and for all. * Valley of Ashes- the area between West Egg and New York City. George Wilson and his wife Myrtle live here. At this location, Myrtle gets ran over by a car driven by Daisy. This ultimately leads to Gatsby’s murder followed by George Wilson’s suicide. Characters:

* Gatsby:
* Description- main character of the novel. He comes from a poor background but rose to wealth after participating in organized crime, scams, etc. * Role- his role in the novel is to do everything in his power to attain his desires of finally having Daisy * Significance- his role is important because his desires led to a downward spiral of disaster in the novel. His desires led to the deaths of 3 people (including his own). In the event his desires did not consume his soul, the novel would have been completely different. * Nick:

* Description- the narrator of the novel. He moves to New York to learn bond business. He lives in West Egg and his house is next to Gatsby’s. Daisy is his cousin. * Role- His role in the novel is to help Gatsby attain his desires * Significance- this is significant because by helping Gatsby get Daisy, he ultimately led him to his impending death. If he did not help Gatsby meet up with Daisy, their affair wouldn’t have started. Without the affair, Daisy would not have run over Myrtle which caused her husband to murder Gatsby. * Daisy:

* Description- Gatsby’s desire. She is married to Tom and lives with him in East Egg * Role- her role in the novel is to have an affair with Gatsby and run over Myrtle * Significance- this is significant because when Gatsby finally got her, and consequently lost her, he ultimately died unsatisfied. This is because he was waiting for a phone call from Daisy that never came. Also, because she ran over Myrtle during an emotional state, it led to George murdering Gatsby in his pool. * Tom:

* Description- husband of Daisy. He has an affair with Myrtle Wilson. * Role- His role in the novel is to have an affair, get Daisy to stay with him and tell George that Gatsby was the owner of the car that ran over his wife. * Importance- he’s important because without his character, Gatsby would still be alive and would have the apple of his eye. In my opinion, Tom was the villain because not only did he cheat on his wife; he also influenced the death of another man. Literary Devices:

* Symbols
* The Color Blue- the color blue symbolizes wealth and illusions. People in the novel that were associated with Gatsby in some way shape or form wore the color, for example, his chauffeur. It also symbolizes illusions because his pool was blue and the waves show distortion. Gatsby was disillusioned in his quest to acquire Daisy in his life. * The Color Green- the color green symbolizes Gatsby’s desires in the novel. The main reference to green is always used for Daisy’s dock light. Not only is that but the interior of his car green. Green is a constant reminder of his goal to finally get Daisy back into his life. * East- the east represents what people she be like when they are wealthy. It is a pure example of the...
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