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The Great Gatsby Book Report
Transcript of The Great Gatsby Book Report
The Author of the Book
The Jazz Age
The book takes place during the Jazz Age, the 1920s in the USA ,which was a period of social and cultural change. There was a strong conflict between the traditional family values and the new hedonistic way of life. Fitzgerald's first novel "This Side of Paradise" also takes place during the Jazz Age, telling of wild parties ,drinking and freedom from traditional values among young people. Also in this period, people started spending more money on clothes, travel and entertainment.In 1919 a law prohibited the sale of alcoholic drinks. However , many people disagreed with it and carried on consuming alcohol, buying from bootleggers. The bootleggers became extremely rich and crime and gang violence increased drastically. The law was abolised in 1933.
The Jazz Age came to an end in 1929 with the start of the Great Depression, the biggest economic depression of the 20th century.
By: Alp Anarat
The Great Gatsby Book Report
"As we move towards a dream, it moves further away from us. And so we go on, like boats sailing against the current, always taken back into the past.
-Nick Carraway, the narrator of the book
The author of the book "The Great Gatsby" is F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is considered to be one of the best writers of the 20th century. He has written 4 novels and numerous short stories. His writings were realistic and rich representations of the "Jazz Age", the 1920s in America.
is the first-person narrator of the book. He comes from the midwest but decides to live in West Egg to work in New York. He is the second cousin of Daisy Buchanan. He helps her and Jay Gatsby to reunite after 5 years. He eventually goes back to his hometown because he isn't fond of the eastern society.
is the protagonist of the story. He is a newly-rich man who lives next door to Nick. He is known for the parties he organizes during the summer . He got rich from illegal bussinesses with his best friend Dan Cody.He has moved to West Egg in hope of reuniting with Daisy Buchanan, his lover whom he hasn't seen in 5 years.
is a beautiful and very sociable woman. Her exciting and warm voice hypnotizes men, especially Gatsby. She cannot quit the wealthy lifestyle because she was brought up in a wealthy family. This is the reason she married with Tom instead of Gatsby because Gatsby was penniless at the time.
is the antagonist of the story. He is the husband of Daisy and a polo player. He is rich because of his family and has traveled all across the world seeking excitement and novelty. He is outspoken and brave. He has had many affairs during his marriage with Daisy, including Myrtle Wilson.
is a professional golfer and a friend of Daisy's. She is famous but there are rumors that she cheated in a professional tournament. She occasionally goes out with Nick but she isn't very interested in him and she engages to another man.
is the little daughter of the Buchanans.
is the wife of George Wilson and the affair of Tom Buchanan. She is poor but enters the world of the elite through Tom. She suffers a tragic death from the hands of his lover's wife.
is Myrtle's unsuspecting husband. He runs a garage and a gas station next to a coffee shop in the valley of ashes. When he learns that her wife is cheating on him, he gets mad and unconciously helps her death.
is the sister of Myrtle and is aware of her second life.
is the young Greek who runs the coffee shop next to Wilson's Garage.
is the person who stays at Gatsby's house.
is the mentor of Jay Gatsby who taught him about living adventurously and pursuing dreams.
Henry C. Gatz
is the father of Jay Gatsby. His son cares about him and has bought him the house he lives in now.
is Jay Gatsby's best friend and the man who got him into illegal businesses and made him rich.
Nick Carraway, a midwestern who was educated at Yale University, moves to New York to learn about the bond business. He rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island, a wealthy but unfashionable area populated by the newly-rich people. Nick’s neighbor is Jay Gatsby, who lives in a gigantic mansion and organizes parties at least once every two weeks.
Nick has social connections in East Egg, a more fashionable area of Long Island. Nick drives to East Egg one evening for dinner with his second cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom, a classmate of Nick’s at college. Nick meets Jordan Baker there, a beautiful young woman and begins a romantic relationship with her. Nick also learns that Tom has a lover, Myrtle Wilson, who lives in the valley of ashes.
Some time after, Nick travels to New York City with Tom and Myrtle, to the apartment that Tom keeps for the affair, Myrtle begins to taunt Tom about Daisy, and Tom responds by breaking her nose.
During the summer, Nick eventually gets an invitation to one of Gatsby’s parties. He encounters Jordan Baker at the party, and they meet Gatsby himself, a surprisingly young man who calls everyone “old sport.” Gatsby speaks to Jordan alone, and, through Jordan, Nick later learns more about his mysterious neighbor. Gatsby tells Jordan that he knew Daisy back in his hometown and is still in love with her. Gatsby now wants Nick to arrange a reunion between himself and Daisy, but he is afraid that Daisy won't respond positively. Nick invites Daisy to have tea at his house, without telling her that Gatsby will also be there. After an initially awkward reunion, Gatsby and Daisy reconnect. Their love restarts and they begin a relationship.
After a short time, Tom becomes suspicious of his wife’s relationship with Gatsby. At a meeting at the Buchanans’ house, Tom realizes Gatsby is in love with her. Although Tom has an affair, he finds it inappropriate for his wife to have an affair and not be faithful in him. He forces the group to drive to New York City, where he confronts Gatsby in a suite at a hotel. Tom claims that Gatsby is a criminal and his money comes from bootlegging and other illegal businesses. Gatsby denies the claims and tells Daisy to tell Tom that she never loved him. Tom makes Daisy realize that she is connected more to him than Gatsby and while she first claims that she never loved Tom, a moment later she admits that what she just said was not true. Tom sends her and Gatsby back to Long Island and then he, Nick and Jordan drive back to Long Island too.
When they are driving through the valley of ashes they see a car crash and they discover that Gatsby’s car hit and killed Myrtle, Tom’s lover. They head back to Buchanas' house.When they arrive, Nick learns from Gatsby that Daisy was driving the car when it hit Myrtle but Gatsby is going to take the responsibility for it. The next day, Tom tells Myrtle’s husband, George, that Gatsby was driving the car. George, who thinks that the driver of the car that killed Myrtle must have been her lover, finds Gatsby in his pool at his mansion and shoots him and them shoots himself.
Nick organizes a small funeral for Gatsby but surprisingly only Gatsby's father and one other person comes to his funeral.He ends his relationship with Jordan, and moves back to the Midwest because he is disgusted by the eastern wealthy society after all these things he has seen.
Who would I be if I were in the Book?
If I were In the book, I would be Nick because he is the only innocent person in the story and neither do I like the West and East Egg societies. I think life is more than the hedonistic way these societies live.
If I were him, I would intervene the confrontation of Gatsby by Tom and try to ease the tension.I would also try to help Daisy make the best decision for herself because she was torn apart at that time.
Final Thoughts on the Book
The book is a great representation of the 1920s in America , the Jazz Age and the decline of the American Dream. The story and the characters are well-written. I think this book appeals to many readers because it has many different subjects in it like love, the massive sociocultural change, the rise of bootleggers with the alcohol ban and the hollowness of the newly-rich people .
I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to read a novel about love or the 1920s in America or anybody who wants to read a classic novel.