F. Scott Fitzgerald 's Timeless American Classic The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless American classic The Great Gatsby recounts the tale of Jay Gatsby and his esoteric wanting. Jay Gatsby, or James Gatz, as he is actually named, starts his life the son of a poor farming family in the Mid-West. Through a series of events, the young man finds his way into the service of yachtsman Dan Cody, where he gets a taste of wealth. This does not last, and Gatsby becomes an officer in World War I. Before he is sent off to Europe, his eyes fall upon the stunning Daisy Buchanan. Daisy entrances Gatsby with her beauty and affluence. Though they are only together for several days, the lustrous fire of their love roars and crackles with passion. Inevitably, Gatsby is deployed and Daisy is left to live her lavish, ritsy life. Time passes, and Daisy marries another man. Yet, Gatsby’s deep-seated yearning for her only grows stronger. The events of Fitzgerald’s novel demonstrate the extent of this wanting. The story is one of white-hot desire and it is one that speaks to the American experience. The Great Gatsby exudes an infectious wanting that overpowers Jay Gatsby and characterizes the American experience.
Early in the story, Nick Carraway, the narrator, wanders out of his cottage. He espies none other than Jay Gatsby, his mysterious neighbor, standing upon his pier. Nick is on the verge of shouting out to him, but hesitates and sees Gatsby, “[Stretch] out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have…

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