The Great Gatsby Essay

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THE GREAT GATSBY

The Great Gatsby is a tale of luxury, lust, deceit, and murder. In Long Island, New York, Nick Carraway lives next door to the mysterious Jay Gatsby, the owner of a huge mansion and host of frequent and lavish parties. Although prohibition has made alcohol illegal, Gatsby always has a surplus available at his wild social gatherings. As Nick starts to spend more time with Gatsby, he begins to learn about Gatsby’s past, his strange profession, and his love for Nick’s cousin, Daisy. The story that unfolds truly highlights the scandalous and risky nature of the Roaring Twenties. Fitzgerald had encompassed many literary devices in order to make this novel effective and more appealing. He has used techniques such as imagery,
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Fitzgerald uses flowers for their names in order to establish a difference that they have in social class. Another symbol is the blind dog on the table. It symbolises that people can be there but not be there in their mind or see whats really happening. The most obviously symbol use is the "Green Light" at the end of Daisy's dock, it symbolises Gatsby's dream for the future of him meeting Daisy again.

F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. He was born in the Midwest and began writing at a relatively young age. He fell in love in his twenties, but his romantic interest would not marry him until he achieved financial success. Only after he gained fame and fortune did she agree. He lived a life of extravagance and died quite young at the age of 44. Some people say that Fitzgerald included many autobiographical elements in many of his works, including The Great Gatsby. A great deal of the adulterous and scandalous behaviour described in The Great Gatsby was reflective of Fitzgerald’s personal life at the time in which he wrote the novel. Fitzgerald was living lavishly, throwing parties and indulging frequently with his wife, Zelda, who was also involved with another man. This, in addition to F. Scott’s flirtatious conduct with women, put pressure on their relationship. It can be seen in the novel through Tom and Daisy Buchanan, as Daisy begins getting to know Gatsby.

All of the characters in the Great Gatsby

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