The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby was written in 1925 by an American author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel shadows a cast of characters living in West Egg and East Egg in Long Island. The story takes place in the summer of 1922. Although he is not the narrator The Great Gatsby follows the young, mysterious, millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession to rekindle his long lost flame with Daisy Buchanan. However, the character that is most affected is the narrator. The Great Gatsby explores many themes of love, society and class, past vs. present, and many more.
First off we meet the narrator Nick Carraway, he is Yale graduate and a World War I veteran. Carraway takes up a job in New York selling bonds, a business which was booming. He rents a little home in West Egg. His wealthy neighbour just so happens to be Jay Gatsby, an infamous millionaire who throws big, flamboyant parties in the hopes his long lost lover will come. Nick goes around the bay to East Egg for dinner with his cousin, Daisy Fay Buchanan, and her husband, Tom. At this dinner Nick meets Jordan Baker, an attractive, young golfer with whom Nick almost immediately begins a relationship with. She tells Nick about Tom’s mistress, Myrtle Wilson, in the "valley of ashes": a dumping ground between West Egg and New York City. Once Nick gets home that night he sees Gatsby staring out at a green light across the water reaching towards it. The "single green light" is on Daisy 's dock, and it is a…