The Great Gatsby is a fictional, exaggerated period piece of the 1920s that shows that wealthiness can corrupt anyone with bad intentions. It follows the narrative of Nick Carraway, a young small-town boy from the Midwest, who leaves his small town to West Egg, New York to seek his fortune.
The main plot follows Jay Gatsby, from which The Great Gatsby derives it’s name from, who is a WWI vet who is in love with Nick’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan. The two dated once, but they were separated when he was sent to Europe to fight. He is so devoted to her that he starts a bootlegging ring, among others, to gain enough of a fortune for her to notice him. Some people see this as the symbolism for the average man (Gatsby) chasing the American Dream (Daisy.) Daisy herself can be described as vain, shallow, and other things that I would probably get in trouble for if I wrote them. Through all of this, he still is in love with her. Even when she marries someone who is vain as she is, he still tries to get her, even buying a large mansion right across the bay from them.
The two paths meet at one of Jay’s parties. Nick is visited at his Bungalow by Jay’s chauffeur, who has an invitation for him. At this party is where he also meets Jordan Baker, a woman who is just as vain as Daisy and are, indeed, good friends. As the two hit it off, they are met by a young man who says they were both in the same army division during WWI, although Nick swears to not remembering who he is. The man revels, to Nick’s surprise thinking he was older, that the man was Jay Gatsby. The next day, while out at lunch, Jay discusses that he wants his help to get Daisy and him together. Nick manages this by getting Daisy to come over for tea, with the specific demand to not bring her husband. Gatsby is as nervous as ever when she comes over the next day, and he can barely keep his eyes off of her. Despite this, he keeps enough of his composer to give Daisy a tour of the house as they begin to hit it off.
An affair begins between them, even though it’s left only to the imagination what they are doing, even the hired help are ordered out to avoid any gossip. This lasts until Gatsby is confronted by...