The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Penguin Books
1950
172 pages
$8.99

The great American classic- The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a story one man’s troubles and persistence for the girl of his dreams seen through the eyes of both the narrator and a character- Nick Carraway. The protagonist of the story, Jay Gatsby has waited 5 years for his “golden girl” to reappear in his life and is willing to do whatever it takes to get her. Party after party he hosts and no show after no show he takes a different approach and gets a middle man to reunite them and from there he hopes to reignite the flame that was once there love. This touching story of love and the never ending “search for the American dream” is set in 1922 New York, the roaring 20’s, a time where the rich enjoyed life and lived lavishly and almost completely without morality. It was in the time of the prohibition and many got rich quick off of bootlegging and importing illegal alcohol from Canada- as was the supposed story behind Gatsby’s great fortune. In the story, the towns have been split into two divisions, East Egg and West Egg. Both occupied by the rich, but segregated between “new money” (newly obtained money), and “old money” (generations of money). It is clear that while they do not get along, Gatsby’s people skills and charisma is top notch as he manages to attract the range of people to his parties in search for the one girl. As the story goes on, we learn more about Gatsby’s secret life- the life he’d hidden from everyone and pushed from himself. Everything from growing up less than generously too his father’s “failure”. We also meet characters such as Tom Buchanan- Daisy Buchanan’s husband who is clearly unappreciative of what he has as he is known to have many different mistresses. We also meet Daisy Buchanan, Nick’s cousin and Jay’s “Golden girl”. As the story goes on, we get to realize that she is a very shallow, weak character who is easily pressured and not...
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