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The Great Gatsby

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby

Conflict
The conflict of the Great Gatsby is mainly Gatsby trying to get Daisy back and to basically repeat the past, Nick tries to tell Gatsby that he can't repeat the past, but Gatsby refuse to believe it. Gatsby became a man with with a lot of wealth, all because of he wanted Daisy to be with him again,and forget about the last five years they weren't together.In chapter six Nick says to Gatsby that he can't repeat the past and Gatsby replies to him "well of course you can". This shows Gatsby love for Daisy and his hope for being with her one day. In chapter six Gatsby wasn't concerned about how Daisy felt about the party he was more concerned with her not saying to Tom "I never loved you." This shows that Gatsby is really trying to get Daisy to break it off with Tom so they can be together.
Setting
Geographic setting of this book is New York City, West Egg, East Egg and Long Island. Nick Carraway live in West Egg a royal area for mostly the new rich.Tom mistress Myrtle and her husband George Wilson live in a "valley of ashes"a place between West Egg and New York, a poor area that is dull and life less.
Historical setting of this book is the time when jazz and blues were popular, and also the time when the world war 1 has just ended.
Psychological setting of this book is of people mostly only becoming rich and wealthy for their own desire.
Exposition
The exposition of this book is Nick Carraway telling us in the beginning about his Midwestern background. Nick is from Minnesota . Nick's grandfather brother, started a wholesale hardware business. Nick says that he graduated from New Haven in 1915, then later participated in the world war one. Nick later wanted to move to the east to learn about bond business. He says he now live in West egg, a island in New York. He moves into a small cottage, that he say is "an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor's lawn" meaning that his house is very small but has some value. Nick explains East Egg the area where his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan live. East Egg is an area for mostly the long established wealthy, a different class from people who live on West Egg.
Protagonist
Jay Gatsby is the protagonist of the book The Great Gatsby.
Gatsby is seen as a wealthy man that has some mysteriousness and and also elegance about him.
The book doesn't really give Gatsby a very accurate physical description, but when Nick first meet Gatsby he says that, "Gatsby has a very elegant roughneck and he looked a year or two over thirty", in chapter three. Nick also say that Gatsby personality is gorgeous in chapter one.
Gatsby's sense of hope makes him more mysterious and interesting from the other characters, Mainly because he had came from a poor family and move out of a young age to become a person of greatness, and also having a dream of being with Daisy after they broke up was part of his hope.
Antagonists
Tom Buchanan and Gatsby's dream both play a role at being the antagonists.
Tom Buchanan is a type of person who only thinks of himself.Tom also had a playing role in Gatsby death. Tom is very brutal and has a careless attitude through most of the book.
Nick sort of describes Tom as a man that looks like he has strength and power. Nick says in chapter one that Tom had straw like hair, a hard mouth, supercilious manner, arrogant eyes, and a great pack of muscles.
Gatsby's Dream also kind of led him to his death. Gatsby dream of being of with Daisy made him go crazy to the point where all his actions, and the way he thought about life was clouded all the way to the time of him being murdered. Gatsby love for Daisy isn't well deserving either, after her husband cheating on her and treating her with cruelty she still constantly rejects Gatsby love .
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
book report by Phaedra White
first publication-1925
The genre of this book would be a romantic tragedy/fiction

Summary
Nick Caraway is the narrator of this book, he writes about him meeting and creating a friendship with a wealthy man named Jay Gatsby. Nick is also Gatsby's neighbor. In the book Nick finds out that his cousin Daisy was a former lover of Gatsby, and Daisy's husband Tom has a mistress named Myrtle Wilson. Through out most of the book Jay Gatsby sole purpose was to get Daisy back.Tom and Daisy introduces Nick to Jordan a professional golf player, they later become romantically involved with each other.
Rising Action
The rising action of the Great Gatsby is Gatsby arranging meeting Daisy at Nick's house. Gatsby told Jordan to tell Nick about his past relationship with him and daisy. In chapter four Jordan tells Nick that Gatsby wants him to invite Gatsby and Daisy over to Nick's house so they can meet again. After Nick heard the request he thought "the modesty of the demand shook him" this shows that Nick didn't have a problem at all with the request he was mostly shocked it wasn't a rude one.
Climax
The climax of this book is when Gatsby finally meets Daisy again at Nicks house. In chapter five there was a lot of anticipation for Gatsby and Daisy to meet. Gatsby was very nervous to see Daisy, and Daisy was a bit unease also, but during their meeting she told Gatsby "I certainly am awfully glad to see you again." This shows that now after not seeing each other for five years they still have some feelings for each other.
Anti-climax
There were not really any anticlimaxes in The Great Gatsby that I can think of, every part of the book to me wasn't really a let down.
Falling Action
The falling action of this book to me was basically the time of Gatsby death. Nick and Gatsby talk for several hours the night before Gatsby death. Nick was nervous leaving Gatsby alone after what happened with Myrtle"s death, so as Nick leaves he tells Gatsby that he is worth "the whole damn bunch put together". Nick then explain in the book what he understood about the events at Wilson's garage, Wilson was very upset about his wife's death so he was determined to find out who car ran her over. Wilson then finds out Gatsby's name and went over to Gatsby house. Then he shot Gatsby then then shot himself.
Resolution
The resolution of this story is sadly when Gatsby died. Every conflict that happened in this book came to an end after Gatsby died. The main conflict in the book was mainly Gatsby trying to get Daisy back, but after he died everything basically turned back to normally. Tom and Daisy were still together with nothing getting in the way of their marriage, and Daisy didn't have to choose between Tom or Gatsby. The main conflict basically just went away after Gatsby died.
Author's Purpose
F. Scott Fitzgerald used Nick as the narrator of this book. The author placed Nick as if he had written the book about The Great Gatsby. The author's purpose of this book was for several reasons to entertain, to show us what it was like back in the 1920's,and to inform us about what love, wealth, and people in general can do to a regular human being.This book was very entertaining to me because of how the author places the characters, he has two very different people coming together in this story and basically having a very good friendship with each other. In chapter one Nick gives a brief description about how he feel about Gatsby. He says that he feel that Gatsby personality is "gorgeous". This shows how the author showed Nick's feeling about Gatsby, how much he admired him and looked up to him.
Theme
The theme of this book is how people should be like Gatsby and think about what happens in the past and dream of the future. Gatsby talks about his past in this book and how he always dreamed during the past what he wanted to be and become. In chapter six Gatsby tells Nick about his past, he says that every since he was young he wanted "to seek the glorious destiny he was sure was waiting for him". This shows that people should always dream of what they want to become and to be positive that they will become what they want to be some day.
Symbolism
The main symbols in this book are the green light on daisy dock, the valley of ashes.
The green light on Daisy's dock represent Gatsby hope, and his dream to be with her. In chapter one he reaches toward the green light like he was trying to grab his goal.
The valley of ashes represent how wealthy people leave areas where it is poor and decayed, and how they don't care about the lower class below them. In chapter two the valley of the ashes were described, the place is like a desert waste land and it has a "foul dust". this happened to the place mainly because of the wealthy industrial ashes are there.
Mood and Tone
The mood and tone of this story is like the tone of someone telling an story about someone they admire.In the very beginning of the book Nick tells us what he thought about Gatsby personality as being "Gorgeous". Towards the end of the book Nick even arrange Gatsby funeral and tries to get people to come but only Gatsby father and "Owl Eyes" come to attend.
Irony
The types of irony in this book is Dramatic irony and Situational irony.
The dramatic irony in this book occurs when Gatsby dies at the end of the book. Towards the ending when Gatsby was going to die. Gatsby is having an affair with Daisy and he believes that they are going to be together, but he dies and Tom still has her at the end. This is is a dramatic irony because we practically new it wasn't going to work out between Gatsby and Daisy . In chapter seven Tom confronts Gatsby and Daisy and Gatsby tells him that Daisy never loved him and she is ready leave tom for him, but Daisy told Gatsby that she did "once love Tom". This shows during this part Daisy is very indecisive about being with Gatsby, which lets us know that they weren't going to be together.
The situational irony in this book occurs when Nick arranges Gatsby funeral and everyone that Gatsby let attend to his extravagant parties didn't come. In chapter nine Nick tries to get some people who went to Gatsby party to go to his funeral, but they all said no one even says "he only got what he deserved". This shows that even though Gatsby didn't have to let the people come to his party he did and everyone who came had a good time but now after he dies they cant even come to his funeral, which makes this a situational irony.
Vocabulary
Privy-it means informed about something secret.pg(1) "I was privy to secret griefs of wild"
Marred-blemish by injury.pg(1)"marred by obvious suppression".
Parcel-divide into hearts.pg(1)" parceled out unequally at birth".
Marsh-grassy vegetation.pg(2)"hard rock or wet marshes".
Excursion-a journey taken for pleasure.pg(2)"excursion with prevelliged glimpses into the human heart."
Abortive-falling to accomplish intended result.pg(2)"the abortive sorrows".
Prominent-conspicuous importance.pg(3)" my family have been prominent".
Elation-a fleeing of joy.pg(4)"elation of men".
Confer-present.pg(4)"he had usually conferred on me".
Epigram-a witty saying.pg(4)"this isn't just a epigram".
Perpetual-continuing forever.pg(5)"source of perpetual confusion".
Colossal-great in size.pg(5)" the one on my right was a colossal affair."
Proximity-the property of being close together(5)."the consoling proximity of millionaires".
Effeminate-unsuitable feminine qualities.(6)" not even effeminate swank of his clothes"
Vista- visual of a reason.(6)" flat hand along the front vista"
Pungent-strong and sharp.(6)" half acre of deep pungent roses"
Hover-hang over.(7)"Tom Buchanan had been hovering".
Desolate-crushed by grief.(7)"the whole town is desolate".
Wail-a cry of sorrow.(7)"wail all night along the North shore".
Deft-skillful in physical movements.(7)"deft moments stood up into the room".
I read this book online so I don't know if the page numbers are right.
My opinion
My personal opinion about this book is it is very entertaining for the audience. The book gives the reader a look inside of what it was like back in the 1920's, by saying what the people did back then and just simply describing to us what it looked and felt like back then. The author of this book put various of irony in it, for example he put George Wilson as the killer of Gatsby a person that wasn't really spoken about in the book, which made it surprising to the audience that he killed him. The author of this book also gave a look onto how cruel and weak a people can be. I would definitely recommend this book to another student because the author really give you some really good literary ideas.
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