Great Gatsby Research Paper

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“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.” (Fitzgerald, 1925). The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925, and takes place in 1922. The novel greatly exemplifies the time period that it takes place in, known as “The Roaring Twenties” or “The Jazz Age”. One way of exemplification is prohibition and the Volstead Act. According to David J. Hanson from Potsdam.edu, the Volstead Act, which took place in 1919, established National Prohibition of alcoholic beverages (Hanson, 2013). Fitzgerald made his characters Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby very similar to himself. Like Gatsby, Fitzgerald too was in love with ...view middle of the document...

Nick Carraway is made narrator of the novel. He is inclined to reserve all judgements of all people, which is why Fitzgerald made him the narrator. Daisy Fay was the woman whom Gatsby had fallen in love with. She told Gatsby that rich girls don’t marry poor boys, which is why he had gone out to make some money to win Daisy back. If The Great Gatsby has survived for almost one hundred years, then maybe there are some important things in the novel that are key to its survival.

The Great Gatsby is a great example of the time period in which it was written in, known as the Roaring Twenties. According to Jiffynotes.com, people wanted to have fun after getting home from the first World War, which was one of the most bloody and violent wars in U.S. history. Wanting to have fun, people went to parties, and they drank, making them feel good. People also believed that the could leave their past behind and become anyone they wanted to be. (Jiffynotes.com). According to The Big Read, alcohol was another way that the novel portrayed the Roaring Twenties. The new generation had ignored many of the new laws that were being made at the time, one of them being the Eighteenth Amendment. The Eighteenth Amendment had forbade the manufacturing and distribution of alcohol. Many Americans had turned to bootlegging, which is what many of Gatsby’s party guests did. (The Big Read). According to Sparknotes, another way that The Great Gatsby portrayed its time period is the right for women to vote, as made by the Nineteenth Amendment. Women were on a craze because of this new right. They started wearing new clothes, called flappers, and they did many other things too. (Sparknotes).

Jay Gatsby is the main character in the novel. According to Great Gatsby Weebly, Gatsby is the reality of the American Dream. He was born poor, and pursuited becoming rich. He wanted to pursue his love for Daisy Fay, who would not marry him because he didn’t have a lot of money. His pursuit of the American dream was inspired by getting Daisy to love him. (Great Gatsby Weebly). As we find out in the novel, Jay Gatsby’s real name is James “Jimmy” Gatz. According to Olivia K from msarnaboldisgatsby.blogspot.com, James Gatz was a whole different person than Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby was the wealthy man, in a high social class. He was the one that was throwing the parties to impress his golden girl, Daisy. James Gatz, on the other hand, was the poor boy that Daisy didn’t want to marry. He had little money, as well as a low social class. (Olivia K, 2011). According to mannmuseum.com, Gatsby had achieved the American Dream. Even though he had achieved the American Dream, that was not his main goal or motive. Money was not his ultimate goal. His biggest goal was to get Daisy to fall in love with him, and that required that he was wealthy, which is why she didn’t want to marry him the first time, before he was rich. Gatsby was a bad example of the true, West Egg, old...

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