Novel Reduction The Great Gatsby Essay

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Novel Reduction Title: The Great Gatsby Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Publication: 1995 Genre: Novel Writing Style: Simple, very descriptive, great imagery Point of view: Nick narrates in both first and third person Setting: Long Island and New York City Atmosphere: life of the wealthy and poor, cheating, lonely Characters: Major- Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, George B. Wilson, Myrtle Wilson, Jordan Baker Minor- Catherine, Chester and Lucille McKee, "Owl-eyes", Meyer Wolfsheim, Ewing Klipspringer, Pammy Buchanan, Henry C. Gatz, Michaelis, Dan Cody Symbols: Dr. T. J. Eckelburge's eyes- how god looks down on society and judges it, The Valley of Ashes- is the downfall of the “American Dream”, The Green light- is Gatsby’s goal of having a future with Daisy Motifs: Money, Colors: green, white, dishonesty, hypocrisy, friendship Holistic Interpretation: Scott Fitzgerald shows how being a fake and living your life as a lie will not make your life very fun and also you will not end up with very many friends, no matter how much money you have or how big your parties are. Significance of title: The title is from Nick’s perspective that Gatsby is this “great” gut and has the perfect life, but this is ironic because it’s all a lie and he is a fake Quotations: 1: “I hope she'll be a fool—that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” Pg.21- This just shows how ditzy Daisy is and how a girl can have more fun if she is beautiful and simplistic. 2: “The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself…” Pg.104- This is where Nick finally tells us about Gatsby’s early life and compares him to Jesus Christ. 3: “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic

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