[2015] Alexis Oie: The Great Gatsby

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[2015] Alexis Oie: The Great Gatsby

The Great GatsbyBy: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nick Carraway is a young man who moves east to pursue a career in the bond business in 1922. He ends up in West Egg, where he reunites with a family member named Daisy, who lives in East Egg. His neighbor, Jay Gatsby, frequently hosts very crowded parties. He meets this neighbor via invite to one of his parties which is something Gatsby doesn't usually do, people just show up. Nick is the most honest character in the novel and illustrates the magical adventure of Jay Gatsby's efforts in winning back the love of Daisy via money. He is completely and utterly enthralled by the sheer wealth of his neighbors, specifically Gatsby. "Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known" (64).Jay Gatsby is a man who grew up poor and made himself into a legend. He brought himself from the bottom to the top and he showed his success by opening his home to strangers during brilliantly put together parties. He fell in love with Daisy while serving in the Great War and wanted to prove to her that after all of these years he could shower her in jewels and the finest the world had to offer. All he wanted in life was to call Daisy his and show her off to the entire universe. Gatsby is willing to do anything and sacrifice everything for Daisy Buchanan."So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end" (104).

Gatsby cradles the past with hope.

I give The Great Gatsby five out of five stars. F. Scott Fitzgerald gives a plethora of characters that are very easy to like as well as a handful of them whom you can't help but despise. He highlights issues of the 1920's; the lack of morals, use of illegal booze to throw extravagant parties because you're rich enough to, and the flashy ways the wealthy show off their money, regardless of how they earned it. He paces the story very well and gives the book a heartbeat to read to. I recommend F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to anyone who is looking to tackle a brilliantly written classic.

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The Great Gatsby takes place mainly in West Egg, East Egg and the Valley of Ashes during the dazzling 1920's. West Egg is where Nick's "small eye-sore" (10) home partially overlooks Gatsby's lawn. West Egg is also where Gatsby's extravagant parties are held. In my opinion, Jay Gatsby's mansion is the most significant location in West Egg.East Egg is located across the bay from West Egg and is known for white palaces and the idle, calmer rich. You're less likely to hear about the kind of parties Gatsby hosts to be held across the bay in East Egg. The people here don't like to show off as much with their money, or rather, they’re a little more discreet about doing it. I believe the most important location in East Egg is Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s' home because Nick first catches a glimpse of Jay Gatsby while he's looking across the bay at the small green light on the end of Daisy's dock.The Valley of Ashes is the poor village in between flashy West Egg and New York. This setting is an immense symbol for how the people better off in life tend to take advantage of the people who aren't as lucky. Nick's father told him "...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had" (1). I believe The Valley of Ashes has one location that is very important to the story: George B. Wilson's garage and car repair. "There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (43).

Alexis OieP. 211/27/15


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