The Great Gatsby Study Guide
New York (the state)(United States)
Long Island, New York,1925(United States)
“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.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses his narrator, Nick Carraway as a vital tool to comprehend the purposefulness of this story. Imagine having the story in some other characters point of view, a cynical and more sardonic point of view. Daisy Buchanan's...
Throughout the novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the character of Daisy Buchanan undergoes many noticeable changes. Daisy is a symbol of wealth and of promises broken. She is a character we grow to feel sorry for but probably should not. Born Daisy Fay in Louisville, Kentucky, Daisy...
Fitzgerald condemns his readers to the knowledge that the American dream is not the key to eudemonia but rather the stair way which once started upon leads inescapably to destruction. When we refuse to accept reality, we lose it completely. The notion of the American dream is a primary concern in...
“Everyone suspects himself at least one of the cardinal virtues and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. ”-Nick Carraway. Nick is an impartial, honest, and loyal character. He gives readers a detailed, accurate account of the events pertaining to Gatsby’s life...