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Critical Review
THE GREAT GATSBY is a romantic and cynical novel about the wealth and habits of a group of New Yorkers during the Jazz Age in long island NY. Fitzgerald's writing is unassailably magnificent, as he paints a grim portrait of shallow characters that scheme themselves into complex situations. This classic novel is required reading for a lot of high school students, and it can definitely be appreciated and understood on so many levels by us teenagers. However, Fitzgerald's use of language and symbolism is best appreciated by some teen’s readers able to analyze the literature and think critically. The Great Gatsby now holds an undeniable place among the masterpieces of twentieth-century American literature Nick Caraway is a young man from Minnesota, moves to New York in the summer of 1922 to learn about the bond business. He rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island, a wealthy but unfashionable area populated by the new rich, a group who have made their fortunes too recently to have established social connections and who are prone to garish displays of wealth. Nick’s next-door neighbor in West Egg is a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby, who lives in a gigantic Gothic mansion and throws extravagant parties every Saturday night. Nick is unlike the other inhabitants of West Egg—he was educated at Yale and has social connections in East Egg, a fashionable area of Long Island home to the established upper class. Nick drives out to East Egg one evening for dinner with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom, an erstwhile classmate of Nick’s at Yale. Daisy and Tom introduce Nick to Jordan Baker, a beautiful, cynical young woman with whom Nick begins a romantic relationship. Nick also learns a bit about Daisy and Tom’s marriage: Jordan tells him that Tom has a lover, Myrtle Wilson, who lives in the valley of ashes, a gray industrial dumping ground between West Egg and New York City. Not long after this revelation, Nick travels to New York...
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