The story is told from the point-of-view of Nick Carraway, who develops a romantic perspective on his neighbor, the doomed lover Jay Gatsby, during his summer living on Long Island and working in New York City. Lyrical writing captures emotions using beautiful and imaginative images.
Historical context[ edit ] Set on the prosperous Long Island ofThe Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its fictional narrative. That era, known for widespread economic prosperity, the development of jazz music, flapper culture, new technologies in communication motion pictures, broadcast radio, recorded music forging a genuine mass culture, and bootleggingalong with other criminal activity, is plausibly depicted in Fitzgerald's novel.
Fitzgerald uses many of these societal developments of the s to build Gatsby's stories, from many of the simple details like automobiles to broader themes like Fitzgerald's discreet allusions to the organized crime culture which was the source of Gatsby's fortune. Today, there are a number of theories as to which mansion was the inspiration for the book.
Fitzgerald was a young man from Minnesota, and, like Nick, who went to Yalehe was educated at an Ivy League school, Princeton. Fitzgerald is also similar to Jay Gatsby in that he fell in love while stationed far from home in the military and fell into a life of decadence trying to prove himself to the girl he loved.
Fitzgerald became a second lieutenant and was stationed at Camp Sheridan in Montgomery, Alabama. There he met and fell in love with a wild year-old beauty named Zelda Sayre.
Zelda finally agreed to marry him, but her preference for wealth, fun, and leisure led her to delay their wedding until he could prove a success. Like Gatsby, Fitzgerald was driven by his love for a woman who symbolized everything he wanted, even as she led him toward everything he despised.
He rents a small house on Long Islandin the fictional village of West Egg, next door to the lavish mansion of Jay Gatsbya mysterious multi-millionaire who holds extravagant parties but does not participate in them. Nick drives around the bay to East Egg for dinner at the home of his cousin, Daisy Fay Buchanan, and her husband, Tom, a college acquaintance of Nick's.
They introduce Nick to Jordan Baker, an attractive, cynical young golfer.
She reveals to Nick that Tom has a mistressMyrtle Wilson, who lives in the " valley of ashes ,"  an industrial dumping ground between West Egg and New York City.
Not long after this revelation, Nick travels to New York City with Tom and Myrtle to an apartment that Tom uses like a hotel room for Myrtle, as well as other women whom he also sleeps with. At Tom's New York apartment, a vulgar and bizarre party takes place.
It ends with Tom physically abusing Myrtle, breaking her nose in the process, after she says Daisy's name several times, which makes him angry. The Plaza Hotel in the early s Nick eventually receives an invitation to one of Gatsby's parties.
Nick encounters Jordan Baker at the party and they meet Gatsby himself, an aloof and surprisingly young man who recognizes Nick because they were in the same division in the Great War.
Through Jordan, Nick later learns that Gatsby knew Daisy through a purely chance meeting in when Daisy and her friends were doing volunteer service work with young officers headed to Europe. From their brief meetings and casual encounters at that time, Gatsby became and still is deeply in love with Daisy.
Gatsby had hoped that his wild parties would attract an unsuspecting Daisy, who lived across the bay, to appear at his doorstep and allow him to present himself as a man of wealth and position. Having developed a budding friendship with Nick, Gatsby uses him to arrange a reunion between himself and Daisy.
Nick invites Daisy to have tea at his house without telling her that Gatsby will also be there.
After an initially awkward reunion, Gatsby and Daisy begin an affair over the summer. At a luncheon at the Buchanans' house, Daisy speaks to Gatsby with such undisguised intimacy that Tom realizes she is in love with Gatsby.Aug 21, · Watch video · American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald () rose to prominence as a chronicler of the jazz age.
Born in St. Paul, Minn., Fitzgerald dropped out .
The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carraway, who was once Gatsby's neighbor, and he tells the story sometime after , when the incidents that fill the book take place. As the story opens, Nick has just moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune as a bond salesman.
The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald can be in a sense classified as a tragedy. It tells the story of the protagonist Gatsby and of his sudden rise to wealth, which ends in tragedy as his dream of re-uniting with the love of his life collapses.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby: the main character, Jay Gatsby is the tragic hero. Like all tragic heroes, he inspires the feeling of sympathy from readers.
The thing that makes him so relatable is his hopefulness in pursuing the American Dream, . W&F catches up with Sarah Churchwell, whose book Careless People uncovers the connections between Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby and true crime. Menu Culture The Story Behind F.
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Scott Fitzgerald Published: Genres: Adult Fiction, Classic Format: eBook ( pages) Source: Purchased The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career.
This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers.