Eastern Desires (An Essay On 'the Great Gatsby' By Fitzgerald)

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Eastern DesiresThe roaring twenties. Cars were the things to have anda party was the place to be. Everybody wanted something.F. Scott Fitzgerald's book, The Great Gatsby, describes theevents that happen to eight people during the summer of 1922.In the book, people went from west to east because somethingthey desired was in the east; unfortunatly in the end those'somethings' were unattainable....I decided to go east and learn thebond business. Everybody I knew wasin the bond business so I supposed itcould support one more single man. Allmy aunts and uncles talked it over asif they were choosing a prep schoolfor me...Nick went to the east to make money. He was from themidwest, and even though his family was doing pretty well inthe money department, Nick wanted to make his own money. Bygoing from the midwest to the east, Fitzgerald shows Nick'sdesire to have more money. After spending the summer in theeast and seeing how money affects people, he decides to goback west.I see now that this has been astory of the west, after all-Tomand Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan andI, were all westerners and andperhaps we possessed some deficiencyin common which made us subtlyunadaptable to eastern life.In other words, after finding out what the east was really like,Nick lost his interest in being in the east and returned to thewest.Gatsby came east looking for another type of money -Daisy. Gatsby and Daisy had last seen each other about fiveyears before, when they were dating. Then Gatsby had to goto war. While he was away in war, Daisy met Tom and thenmarried Tom. Daisy had always been rich and thought thatin order to get Daisy back, he need to have money and be ableto give Daisy anything she wanted. He found out that Daisywas in the east and went to go try to get her back....I thought of Gatsby's wonder whenhe first picked out the green lightat the end of Daisy's dock. He hadcome a long...

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