Great Gatsby Essay

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The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, and copyrighted in 1925. The book takes place mostly in a small town near New York known as West Egg during the 1920’s.

One of the main characters of the novel is the narrator of the book, Nick Carraway. He relates the events of many summers that affected him deeply. He has a knack for telling the truth, at least according to him, and he comes from a small mid-western town seeking employment as a bond trader. His next door neighbor, Jay Gatsby, is the main character of the novel. He throws magnificent parties during the beginning of the summer, but stops throwing the parties after he realizes ...view middle of the document...

Nick went to the East to escape the Midwest and to hopefully find a better, faster paced life. He settled in community near New York known as West Egg. It is mainly a quiet little town with a neighbor across a lake of East Egg. When Nick arrived at his home, he had only heard about his neighbor for a couple of weeks. Before he met with Mr. Gatsby, he went to visit Tom Buchanan, an old friend. When he is over at Tom’s house, he also sees his second cousin once removed Daisy, and makes a new acquaintance in Jordan Baker. He visits with them for a while and learns that Tom had a mistress in New York. The whole time, Daisy seems insistent upon getting Tom and Jordan romantically involved with each other. Later, Nick meets Tom’s mistress, Myrtle Wilson, the wife of George Wilson. Tom brings Myrtle and Nick with to a party at a place in New York. Nick socializes with many new people there, becomes inebriated, and does not really learn much, aside from gossip. He later wakes up in a train station, apparently fighting off the effects of his intoxication.

A little later, he makes an appearance at one of his neighbor’s tremendously large parties. He meets Jordan there, by chance, and follows her around. He seems impressed with the scale of the party, and he meets Mr. Gatsby there and arranges to ride his hydroplane with him. He stays until a late hour, and then leaves. Then he takes a break from these stories to tell us that most of his life involved working at an office, even though these events don’t seem to indicate so. Nick lists many of the guests that have come to Gatsby’s parties to again show the magnitude they had. Then Nick goes on a trip with Gatsby for lunch, and meets Mr. Wolfsheim, a business partner of Gastby. After seeing Tom there, Gatsby made a quick exit. (Could it be that he doesn’t want to face the husband of the woman he so desires?) Then Carraway flashes back to a memory of Jordan’s telling of her relationship with Daisy, and the troubled wedding that Daisy had.

Next, Gatsby makes a strange request of Nick. He asks him to ask Daisy over so that he can discreetly meet with her. (Isn’t it surprising that he doesn’t just have a butler pass a note?) Then he fast-forwards to the meeting of Daisy and Gatsby, as they become reacquainted, and Gatsby gives Daisy a tour of his mansion. Then Nick relates to us the story of Gatsby’s beginning as James Gatz and his escapades with Dan Cody. Then Nick describes Gatsby’s party that Tom first came to and the confused emotions associated with it. We next learn that Gatsby has fired his entire staff of waiters, etc., and no more parties are held there. Gatsby, Nick, Daisy, Tom, and Jordan then have lunch at Tom and...

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