The Great Gatsby, written by Scott Fitzgerald and published in 1925, is set in the fictional suburbs of New York, West and East Egg. The narrator, Nick Carraway, resides in a small home in West Egg. It is said that people who live in West Egg are newly rich, unsophisticated, and have no real connections to people of importance. He lives directly beside Jay Gatsby, an extremely wealthy and popular young bachelor. Although Gatsby is bathing in riches, there is one thing money can’t buy him, happiness and love.
At the start of the novel, the topic of Jay Gatsby is shrouded in mystery. The first impression the reader get of Gatsby is what most people would expect of a rich and young bachelor in the roaring 20´s. He is living life …show more content…
It becomes known that Daisy and Gatsby had a previous relationship, before he left for war. Daisy promised she would wait for him, but she really ended up marrying Tom. She married him primarily for his wealth, social status, and her parents approval. This validates that all Daisy truly cares about is material. Despite this, Gatsby is still hopelessly in love with Daisy Buchanan. When Nick spies on Gatsby reaching out towards the green light, he is really longing for Daisy. However, he is longing the Daisy he once knew, he was reaching out into the past. For the past 5 years of his life, Gatsby built his wealth and tried to live up to the image he had falsley given to Daisy when they were first together, moving into a house directly across the water.
In Chapter 6, it is a revealed that James Gatz is Gatsby’s given name. Gatsby was not born into wealth, and he did not earn it honestly either. He acquired wealth by bootlegging and organized crime. Such as the selling of alchohal illegally. Since the prohibition was happening, the purchasing and selling of illegal alchohol was quite common and very profitable to those who sold it. This proves the point that Gatsby is just as human as anybody