F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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A guide to reading "The Great Gatsby" with a critical and appreciative mind encouraging analysis of plot, style, form, and structure. Also includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.
Publisher: Woodbury, N.Y. : Barron's, c1984
ISBN: 9780812034158
Branch Call Number: 813 F576ZA
Characteristics: viii, 102 p. ; 18 cm
Alternative Title: Great Gatsby


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May 29, 2014

Set in 1922 in New York, The Great Gatsby is the story of eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby as told by Nick Carraway, a young man from the Midwest who lives on Long Island and works in Manhattan. Gatsby’s enormous mansion is adjacent to Carraway’s modest home, and Carraway becomes curious about his neighbor after being invited to one of his famous parties. Nick soon learns that Gatsby is in love Daisy Buchanan, Nick’s cousin and the wife of one Tom Buchanan, an acquaintance of Nick’s from Yale. Tom takes Nick on a trip for a day in the city, where Nick learns that Tom has a kept woman, Myrtle Wilson, the wife of a long island mechanic and is cheating on Daisy.
Gatsby sends a message to Nick through their mutual friend, professional golfer Jordan Baker, asking Nick to arrange a meeting for him and Daisy. Nick learns that Gatsby and Daisy had once been in love, but Daisy married Tom while Gatsby was in Europe during the Great War, and was too poor to be able to marry her. Somehow, Gatsby then managed to acquire millions of dollars. Gatsby chose the site of his house in Long Island because it was across the bay from Daisy’s house, from which a green light could be seen at night.
The Great Gatsby is a window through which the reader can discover the American lifestyle of the 1920s. Fitzgerald is able to illustrate the idea of the “American Dream” – the accumulation of wealth and power by any mean. The Great Gatsby is truly a great book with an outstanding plot twist and characters so realistic that they seem to come to life before you


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