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The Great Gatsby
Transcript of The Great Gatsby
Gatsby's life comes to end when George Wilson shoots Gatsby killing him instantly.
After shooting Gatsby, George, the symbol of the common man who is trying to achieve his own success in the modern dream, commits suicide.
Jay Gatsby 's Past
By Hannah Seery, Katie McMahon, Molly Brennan and Aoibhin McConville.
The Great Gatsby
Analysis of Their Introduction
"...Her voice is full of money,...
It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy-it increased her value in his eyes..."
The Corruption of
Daisy became the symbol of his aspirations.
Everybody desired Daisy and Gatsby desired everything desirable.
Gatsby erroneously defined her not by who she was but by what she had and what she represented.
Gatsby turns from an idealistic dreamer into a gangster, in a desperate attempt to capture his desire, Daisy.
Gatsby embodied The American Dream but, with his union to Daisy, he became corrupted
His desperation for wealth mirrors how America became obsessed with quick cash, never stopping the consumerism to examine the source or themselves.
Fitzgerald uses time to emphasize the correlation between love and money.
Fitzgerald is criticizing how people are unconsciously allowing money to interfere with their lives, and even worse: their love.
"...Can't repeat the past?' he cried incredulously. 'Why of course you can!..."
"...He knew that when he kissed this girl, and for ever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God..."
How Gatsby Relates to F.Scott Fitzgerald
Similar to Fitzgerald is Jay Gatsby, a sensitive young man who idolizes wealth and luxury and who falls in love with a beautiful young woman while stationed at a military camp in the South.
Jay Gatsby and Daisy had a brief relationship that Gatsby could not put behind him.
While Daisy got on with her life and married, Gatsby waited five years and then found her again.
Both Jay Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald fell madly in love with high-maintenance women; Zelda and Daisy
Fitzgerald met Zelda while he was stationed as a second lieutenant, at Camp Sheridan, in Montgomery, Alabama.
Zelda agreed to marry him, but her overpowering desire for wealth, fun, and leisure led her to delay their wedding until he could prove a success.
With the publication of This Side of Paradise in 1920, Fitzgerald became a literary sensation, earning enough money and fame to convince Zelda to marry him.
Zelda, became a great inspiration for him. However, Zelda Fitzgerald had schizophrenia, which strained their relationship. Despite her illness, her husband loved her dearly, almost irrationally.
Jay Gatsby is a young man, around thirty years old . He came from an impoverished childhood in rural North Dakota and became extremely wealthy.
From his early youth, Gatsby despised poverty and longed for wealth and sophistication.He achieved this goal by participating in organized crime, including distributing illegal alcohol and trading in stolen securities.
Gatsby always wanted to improve himself but, his main motivation in acquiring his fortune was his love for Daisy Buchanan, whom he met as a young military officer in Louisville before leaving to fight in World War I .
Gatsby immediately fell in love with Daisy and lied to her about his own background in order to convince her that he was good enough for her.
Daisy promised to wait for him when he left for the war, but married Tom Buchanan while Gatsby was studying at Oxford after the war in an attempt to gain an education. From that moment on, Gatsby dedicated himself to winning Daisy back.
Daisy promised to wait for him after the war , but married Tom Buchanan while Gatsby was studying at Oxford after the war in an attempt to gain an education.
From that moment on Gatsby dedicated himself to winning Daisy back.
After so many years apart from her and longing to be by her side, Gatsby had created this fantasy of Daisy as the most wonderful person.
He built expectations of her that she could hardly hope to meet.
When he found her, it must have been disappointing to discover that the dream that had consumed his life was not as wonderful as he thought it would be.
Both Gatsby and Fitzgerald had unhealthy relationships with the love of their lives.
Both of them knew that Zelda and Daisy had faults, but they refused to acknowledge them.
They both built up this fantasy of the perfect woman in their heads, and after some time began to believe the fantasy was true.
Through the tragic story of Jay Gatsby and his failed attempt to reach his dream, F. Scott Fitzgerald also describes the tragic death of American values.
The characters in The Great Gatsby are mere examples of Fitzgerald's message- the old American dream and all of its pure ideals have been replaced with money, greed, and materialism.
'' Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future thats the year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... and one fine morning- so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past ''
Gatsby waited outside Daisy's house until four o' clock in the morning after the incident of Myrtle's death yet Daisy had no intention of going out to him,instead she sat inside eating and drinking with Tom.
The next day Gatsby lived in the hope that Daisy would call him,but she didn't.
Daisy and Tom packed up and left and didn't even return for Gatsby's funeral.
This is more apparent in Gatsby than Fitzgerald: Gatsby spent 5 years of his life in love with his dream Daisy.
Fitzgerald spent many years with Zelda, and was very aware of her mental illness, but chose to not acknowledge it.
Zelda and Fitzgerald
Gatsby and Daisy
"...There must have have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams- not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man can store up in his ghostly heart..."
Daisy and Gatsby (Summarised)
His Fortune's Origins
His Humble Beginnings
James Gatz was born in North Dakota to poor farmers.He attended St. Olaf's college for only two weeks before dropping out because he could not bear the janitorial job with which he was paying his tuition.
The next summer Gatsby left home to work on Lake Superior. One day,he saw a yacht owned by Dan Cody,a wealthy copper mogul,and rowed out to warn him about a storm.
Cody took young Gatz,who gave his name as Jay Gatsby,on board his yacht as his personal assistant. Traveling with Cody,Gatsby fell in love with wealth and luxury.
When Cody died, he left Gatsby $25,000,but Cody's mistress prevented him from claiming his inheritance.
From there Gatsby became a military officer and was stationed in Louisville where he met Daisy for the first time.
"...They're a rotten crowd", I shouted across the lawn. You're worth the whole damn bunch put together..."