The Great Gatsby Essay

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby was a very well written and enjoyable book. It was follows the lives of some upper class people in rural early America. This book shows the corruption and lack of morals posessed by many people. Jay Gatsby, the main character is used as a symbol of all the people in the world that struggle to get up in the world only to find that others will not fail to bring them down. During his life, he finds success, love, happiness and wealth, only to have it all destroyed by the same thing that helped him to attain his dream, his one true love. I enjoyed the depth the author used in establishing each character's personality. Not only did it give the ability to understand the characters, but it also helped to give insight to their motives and actions.
This story is set in America during the twenties. The main setting is divided into two very different parts of town. One part is known as East Egg, or the established wealthy part of town, and West Egg, the newly rich part of town. The two main characters in the story, Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby, both live in West Egg. Gatsby lives in a quite huge mansion, while Nick lives in a modest, middle-class home near Gatsby's. Other characters, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, live in East Egg in a large Georgian Colonial mansion, as a symbol of their established wealth. The "Valley of the ashes" is used as a symbol for al, the dark and grim things in society.
The main character in this story is Jay Gatsby. He is a mysterious man that throws parties yet instead of attending them, he watches his guests enjoy the fun. He is devoted to his dream of perfect romance. He is very wealthy and believes that all of his dreams will come true, and his new life will come together as a result of being excessively wealthy. In the end, Gatsby is destroyed by exactly what he thought would bring him his happiness. Nick Carraway is another main character. He a close friend of Gatsby, and because he himself is not wealthy and wrapped up in all that comes along with wealth, he is able to see the world from a stable point of view. He is one of, if not the only, logical character in the novel. Nick lives in a modest home near Gatsby's. He is the cousin of Daisy whom is Gatsby's object of affection. Nick is a good observer of character but he is reserved in expressing his opinions of people. Daisy Buchanan is the wife of Tom Buchanan. She is Nick's cousin and the secret love of Gatsby. She is beautiful, enchanting and yet morally empty. She is in love with money and drawn to Gatsby in part because of his wealth. When she gives birth to her daughter, Pammy, she comments that she hopes for her to become "a beautiful little fool". This shows Daisy's viewpoint on women in society. Daisy is very foolish and starved for attention. When Gatsby finally shows her attention, she is immediately drawn to him. Tom, Daisy's husband never truly showed Daisy love. Tom was a wealthy man. He was openly unfaithful to his wife....

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