* Key Facts
* Full Title: The Great Gatsby
* Genre: Novel
* Setting: Long Island, Queens, and Manhattan, New York in the summer of 1922 * Climax: The showdown between Gatsby and Tom over Daisy
* Protagonist: Jay Gatsby
* Antagonists: Tom Buchanan
* Narrator: Nick Carraway
* Point of View: First person
* Historical and Literary Context
* Where Written: Paris and the US, in 1924
* When Published: 1925
* Literary Period: Modernism
The Great Gatsby is a novel written F. Scott Fitzgerald based on “The great depression” that took place in the 1920’s (also known as the “Roaring Twenties”) and lasted until 1929 when Wall Street Crashed.
The Great Gatsby represents a complex mix of emotions and themes that reflect the turbulence of the times. Fresh off the nightmare of World War I, Americans were enjoying the fruits of an economic boom and a renewed sense of possibility. But in The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s stresses the darker side of the Roaring Twenties, its undercurrent of corruption and its desperate, empty decadence.
The setting of the novel contributed greatly to its popularity following its early release, but the book did not receive widespread attention until after Fitzgerald's death in 1940, when republishing’s in 1945 and 1953 quickly found a wide audience. Today the book is widely regarded as a "Great American Novel" and a literary classic. The Modern Library named it the second best English-language novel of the 20th Century.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was indecisive about the name. He went through quite a few different titles until finally settling on “The Great Gatsby.” “Fitzgerald shifted between Gatsby; Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires; Trimalchio; Trimalchio in West Egg; On the Road to West Egg; Under the Red, White, and Blue; Gold-Hatted Gatsby and The High-Bouncing Lover.”
Francis Scott Fitzgerald began writing the...