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The Great Gatsby Essay

  • Submitted by: ruggleso6
  • on May 22, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,099 words

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The Great Gatsby

“So we beat on, boats against the current , borne back ceaselessly into the past” just about captures the wonder and excitement of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. There is so much that can be said about such a significant book to America’s development and history. The Great Gatsby takes place in Long Island during the roaring twenties. A place called West Egg and East egg separated by wealth, class and the Valley of Ashes. Our narrator is a young Nick Carraway, making the transition into the big city. He makes his move to the West Egg side, where he luckily (or not so luckily) happens to make his home right next to Jay Gatsby. The story also follows a wealthy and well loved, Daisy Buchanan who is married to Tom Buchanan. Tom proves himself throughout the story to be a cheater, a liar and a hypocrite. We find that he is so hypocritical when the story takes us to the past of Daisy and Mr. Gatsby himself, who are star crossed lovers in the eyes of Gatsby. After 5 long years of making a life fit for Daisy, including extremely extravagant parties and an insane amount of wealth, our story picks up with Gatsby continuing to try and win Daisy. Nick, who happens to be Daisy’s cousin, gets dragged along in what seems to be a never ending scandal between the Buchanan’s and Gatsby. All the while, the extreme essence of luxury and city life hangs over them like balloons ready to pop. This story shows the life of the 1920’s in a nutshell, with scandal and parties and of course, illegal alcohol. Fitzgerald’s piece was created for that exact reason, to show the ever changing life of the 1920’s, making Gatsby an absolute poster child of it all. He succeeded as well as anyone would suspect with a thrilling story that takes you to every emotion, just as I would suspect the twenties did for many.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born into an extremely important and revolutionary time in the history of America. Writing about such a time would clearly be just as...

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