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Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Essay

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In the book The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald discusses Gatsby. Gatsby was a very strange and mysterious man. According to Doreski, “Gatsby was far from perfect in many ways but all in all it contains such prose as has never been written in America before” (Doreski). Gatsby always throws very fancy parties that everyone attends. “I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited—they went there (45).” Nick got an actual invitation to Gatsby’s party and he is probably the only person who has ever gotten an invitation. Gatsby invited Nick because he wanted to get close to him.
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Among the broken fragments of the last five minutes at table I remember the candles being lit again, pointlessly, and I was conscious of wanting to look squarely at every one and yet to avoid all eyes (19).” Daisy starts to think Tom is hiding something from her. Daisy is the opposite of her husband Tom in most ways except she is almost as ruthless as her husband is (Baker).
According to Baker, “The racism Tom espouses is certainly hateful, but it is not fanatical for the time and indeed may be only a feeble attempt to present himself to his guest as an intelligent man who keeps up with the latest scientific theories” (Baker). Tom says many things that are racist and somewhat hateful, but that is how things were in the time period.
Nick’s house is where Gatsby and Daisy meet each other for the first time in a very long time. According to Doreski, “Nick’s cottage becomes the site of Gatsby’s reunion with Daisy. The material world seems to re-cede as Gatsby “revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes.” The once cavernous mansion, familiar only when filled with strangers, grows curiously intimate as the lovers wander through its rooms” (Doreski).
The narrator of The Great Gatsby is Nick Carraway. According to Baker, “Key to any first-person narrative is the reliability of the narrator. Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great...

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