The Great Gatsby Study Guide

The Great Gatsby Study Guide

Original title:
The Great Gatsby
Published September 2004 by Scribner (first published April 1925)
New York City, New York(United States)
New York (the state)(United States)
Long Island, New York,1925(United States)
ISBN 0743273567 (ISBN13: 9780743273565)

“The Great Gatsby” is a novel by American writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald. The book depicts vividly the reality of social morals and economic standing in between the Roaring 20s and Great Depression times.

In his early years, Fitzgerald was a smart child but couldn’t fight the boredom of school, which led to him dropping out and signing up for the army.

Being a lieutenant in times of the First World War, he fell in love with a cheerful young girl. Typically for those times, everything she ever wished for was richness, social recognition, careless life full of fun and joy. Only after acquiring wide success for his novels, did Francis earn the right to marry his beloved Zelda. This story laid foundation for his next book, entitled “The Great Gatsby”.

Nick Carraway, who is a handsome and a well-educated young man, recounts the story. Just recently he moved to New York. There he meets Jay Gatsby, who is immensely rich and famous, even though not many people have met him in person. Through his luxuries and status, Jay is willing to do whatever it takes to impress the woman he loves. She is married, but falls back in love with Jay the moment she sees him at one of the many parties Jay is throwing around on a daily basis.

The novel is set in the premises of New York, around the villas of rich people who seem to enjoy their privileged lives no matter the historic atrocities of those times. Despite the humanitarian crisis, the economy is on the rise and people are overwhelmed by the philosophy to lead easy and careless lives.

With so many love affairs, forgot and found friends, accidental deaths and hidden feelings, it is easy to get lost in the novel. Experience the life of the rich and famous, who indulge in the pleasures of today without thinking who from their surroundings would come if they were to die tomorrow.

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