The Great Gatsby Essay
Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended Princeton University, but flunked out and joined the US army. While in the army, he met the love of his life Zelda. Zelda refused to commit to him without him having a steady job. After being discharged, he moved to New York City to pursue a career of advertising. After only a few months, he returned to St. Paul to continue his writing career. His first novel's success made him famous and let him marry the woman he loved. His recently found fame gave him a bad reputation that made some people see him as less than a serious literary genius. The Fitzgeralds enjoyed fame and fortune, and the characters in The Great Gatsby closely resemble these characteristics. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is very wealthy and successful, which is what Fitzgerald strived for his entire life. The life Fitzgerald led and the life he wished to lead is reflected in the extravagant life of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby and Fitzgerald were also similar in their devotion to their lovers. Although Zelda spent her final years in an asylum, Fitzgerald continued to be loyal to her. Gatsby spent his entire trying to win back the love of his life, even when things seemed hopeless.
The Great Gatsby has a main set of characters, each with different relations to one another. The story is narrated through the eyes of Nick Carraway, a bonds salesman who lives in a small cottage on Gatsby’s estate. Nick is an honest man who looks out for people and always tries to do what’s right. The book is titled after Jay Gatsby; a successful businessman who is hopelessly in love with Nick’s married cousin, Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby is a dreamer who will do anything in his power to be with the woman he loves. Daisy is a delicate and charming woman who is very selfish and materialistic and abuses her physical beauty. Daisy’s husband, Tom, is a very powerful and aggressive businessman who uses his power to exploit other’s weaknesses. Tom isn’t loyal to Daisy, which upsets Gatsby because he would never do anything to hurt Daisy and has to sit back and watch her chose him even though he is cheating on her with a woman named Myrtle. As Nick encounters all of these characters, he feels out of place in the glitzy lifestyle he is shoved into, and people are not always what they seem.
In the novel, there are many reoccurring themes, including The American Dream. The American Dream is prevalent in the early 20th century in American, when many people from different countries immigrated to America in search of a better life. In The Great Gatsby, the American Dream becomes corrupted by greed and need for wealth and power. During the 1920’s, people no longer strive for success, but their drive to succeed is largely overshadowed by need for wealth and power. Another theme that plays a large part in the novel is Hope. Throughout the novel, Gatsby is hopeful that one day Daisy will love him the way he loves her....