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Geographic setting: New York, (East and west Egg), Long Island
Jay Gatsby had blond stringy hair with strong facial features. He was a mysterious character because no one knew his actual background but a few. He was in love with a woman who was married and threw parties hoping that one day she would show up. He would be described as a static character because nothing about him changed during the story. He was always a lonely man. Even after his death no one but a few people attended his funeral. "The minister glanced several times at his watch, so I took him aside and asked him to wait for half an hour, but it wasn't any use. Nobody came" (Fitzgerald 174). No one really cared for him, they only admired the shiny things he had such as parties and wealth.
The Great Gatsby
First publication (1925)
Recent publication (1953)
There were many themes in the Great Gatsby but love would stand out the most because it created the conflict. If Gatsby never fell in love with Daisy, and if Daisy never felt the same, then she would have stayed with just Tom.
The green light that Gatsby reached for in the beginning of the novel would be symbolic for his dream. His dream is to be with Daisy again. After his death Nick brings up the green light. "I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him" (Fitzgerald 180). Gatsby realized that his dream being with Daisy ended long ago because of Tom.
Tom Buchanan had black greasy hair and a mustache. He was also the husband of Daisy. He would be described as a dynamic character because he was very unfaithful towards Daisy but when he found out that another man was taking her and Myrtle died, he became faithful once again. After Myrtle's death, Tom met Daisy back at the house and talked across from each other with cold dinner between them. "He was talking intently across the table at her, and in his earnestness his hand had fallen upon and covered her own" (Fitzergald 145). He wanted to explain to Daisy that he was all for her.
Fitzgerald's purpose was to let his readers know about how people can be rich but also have a dark side. Although the story was fiction the characters were realistically flawed.
He distinguished his point of view through the narrator in the story, Nick. Nick notices all of the flaws about the characters. "They smashed up things and
creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast
carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other
people clean up the mess they had made" (Fitzgerald 179). There Nick describes Daisy and Tom, which was pretty much how the author felt about the characters.
Number of pages:
: Drama and Fiction
By: Chancelyn Mckenley
In Fitzgerald's novel ,
The Great Gatsby,
the narrator in the story, Nick Carraway wrote about his past. He met the wealthy Jay Gatsby who "personally" invited him to one of his big parties. There, they spoke and became friends as well. Although Gatsby was hesitate to ask Nick for any favors, he did; and that was to bring the love of his life back. His wish was granted, but she was married. Gatsby loved her so much that he even took the troubles for her and died.
Historical setting: Post WWI and sometimes before the Great Depression Began
Psychological setting: The Valley of Ashes what the setting in which Daisy killed Myrtle
Nick goes to New York to learn about bond business and moves into a house in West Egg.His house was the smallest between Gatsby's mansion and another big house " My house was at the very tip of the egg...and squeezed between two huge places...the one on my right was a colossal fair by any standard... It was Gatsby's mansion" (Fitzgerald 5).He became neighbors with Gatsby.
Gatsby wanted to reunite with Daisy after years of him being gone but he can not be with her because she is married but Nick insisted on helping him anyway. '" I talked with Miss Baker," I said after a moment. "I'm going to call up Daisy tomorrow and invite her over here to tea"' (Fitzgerald 82).
Mr.Gatsby and Daisy had love affairs back to back. Once, when Nick came over, he realized that all of Gatsby's servants were gone and when he asked why, Gatsby's response was, "I wanted somebody who wouldn't gossip. Daisy comes over quite often--in the afternoons," (Fitzgerald 114).
Daisy and Gatsby had in affair and it was not too long after Tom found out. They were in a hotel and Tom asked what kind of "row" he was trying to start. Daisy jumped in and denied, " I suppose the the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr.Nobody from nowhere make love to my wife," ( Fitzgerald 130). Tom called Gatsby out and he retaliated physically. "He looked--- and this is said in all contempt for the babbled slander of his garden---as if he killed a man," (Fitzgerald 134). Tom wanted Gatsby to touch him so that he could show Daisy what type of man she was falling for.
The night ended with the nervous-confused Daisy holding the wheel while driving home and causing death. Gatsby explained to Nick while outside of her house. "You see, when we left New York she was very nervous and she thought it would steady her to drive--and this woman rushed out at us just as we were passing a car coming the other way," (Fitzgerald 143).
Gatsby covered for Daisy and got framed for the murder because he loved her. After that night him and Daisy planned on running away together so he waited on a call from her at the pool, and there was his killer. "The gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete," (Fitzgerald 162). Wilson had so much hatred because he thought that Gatsby killed his wife so he shot him.
Gatsby had a funeral and no one attended. Tom and Daisy went on with there lives . Nick described them as "careless people". "Tom and Daisy--- they smashed up things and creatures and then retrieved back into their money or their vast carelessness" ( Fitzgerald 179). They never really cared for anyone but their selves.
The green light.
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that 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 then one fine morning---
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past," (Fitzgerald 180).
Verbal Irony:"The Great Gatsby" Gatsby as a character was not so great. No one cared about him, not even the love of his life. At the funeral, Nick remembered something, "Daisy hasn't sent a message or a flower" (Fitzgerald 174)
Dramatic Irony: Gatsby wants to pursue his dream but he never really had one.
Situational Irony:You would think that Tom would kill Gatsby because he showed so much hatred towards him but Wilson, a flat character, kills him.
" He didn't say any more, but we've always been unusually communicative in a reserved way" (Fitzgerald 1).
preferred "I'm inclined to reserve all judgments" (Fitzgerald 1).
privately " I was unjustly accused of being a politician" (Fitzgerald 1).
informed about "I was privy to the secret griefs of wild" (Fitzgerald 1).
to pretend "I have feigned sleep" (Fitzgerald 1).
lack of seriousness " I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity"
divided into parts "A sense of fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth" (Fitzgerald 2).
talk in a self-admiring way. "After boasting this way of my tolerance" (Fitzgerald 2).
unrestrained "I wanted no more riotous excursion with privileged glimpses int the human heart" (Fitzgerald 2).
a short journey made for pleasure or nothing. "I wanted no more riotous excursion with privileged glimpses int the human heart" (Fitzgerald 2).
witty language "This isn't just a epigram---life is much more successfully looked at from a single window after all" (Fitzgerald 4).
continuing forever "But their physical resemblance must be a source of perpetual confusion to the gulls that fly overhead" (Fitzgerald 5).
unrest "For the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game" (Fitzgerald 6).
: the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge "Miss Baker, who seemed to have mastered a certain hardy scepticism" ( Fitzgerald 15).
night watch "With several feet of twilight between them, strolled back into the library, as if to a vigil beside a perfectly tangible body"(Fitzgerald 16).
roofed open gallery. "I followed Daisy around a chain of connecting verandas to the porch in the front." (Fitzgerald 16).
things made of twigs. "In its deep gloom we sat down side by side on a wicker settee" (Fitzgerald 16).
comfortable seat for two people. "In its deep gloom we sat down side by side on a wicker settee" (Fitzgerald 16).
relaxing "I thought would be some sedative questions about her little girl" (Fitzgerald 16).
distrustful of human nature. "Nick and I'm pretty cynical about everything" (Fitzgerald 16).
The mood in this story would be dark and tragic because it ended with death caused by love. The tone was contemptuous , the author criticized all the characters, one example would be the part where Nick talks about Tom and Daisy, "They were careless people-- Tom and Daisy," (Fitzgerald 179).
My personal opinion of this work was too much. There were so many things going on in this novel. It was all drama. I would not recommend it to another student because they would not want to read it because I did not want to read it.