The Great Gatsby Essay

1197 words - 5 pages

The setting of The Great Gatsby is one of the most influential components of the novel. Perhaps the most significant places in the novel are the West and East Eggs. In the story, the eggs are described by Nick, the narrator, as, “…a pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay” (Fitzgerald 9). However, the appearance of the two eggs is almost all they have in common as Nick point out when he says, “To the wingless a more arresting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape and size” (Fitzgerald 9). As the story progresses, the dissimilarities between the two eggs begin to emerge, yet there is always a faint, common element among the two. The setting affects the events of the story and the clashing characters according to where the scene takes place, and which area each character is from, influencing the characters’ attitudes, background, and current lifestyle and values.
The two main homes that are described in the eggs are Gatsby’s and the Buchanan’s. Gatsby’s house is described as, “…a factual imitation of the Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new… and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden” (Fitzgerald 9). Gatsby’s mansion is garish and is used as an attempt to win Daisy’s attention and affection. His home is the site of lavish parties where denizens of both eggs gather. The parties at Gatsby’s house last all night and many come and go, “…like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (Fitzgerald 43). Gatsby has dozens of crates of food delivered, caterers, and orchestras for his parties. These parties are not a rare occasion, though; he has them at least ever two weeks or so. Life on the East Egg greatly contrasts the ostentatious affairs at the Gatsby’s home. The Buchanan’s home is described as, “a cheerful red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay” (Fitzgerald 11). Obviously, such a mansion is not modest, but it is considered to be more tasteful than the houses on the West Eggs. Upon entering the home, time after time in fact, Nick finds everyone sitting around or on the telephone. When he entered the Buchanan’s house for the first time, he found Jordan and Daisy, “…buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon” (Fitzgerald 12). Later, Gatsby and Nick venture to the Buchanan residence together to find Daisy and Jordan, “…upon an enormous couch, like silver idols, weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans” and Tom on the telephone (Fitzgerald 122). The scenes that play out at the Buchanan’s mansion are much unlike the parties and visitations at Gatsby’s mansion. This contrast highlights the vigor and excitement of the newly rich of the West Egg and the carelessness and laziness so prominent in the East Egg.
Though the eggs are both occupied by the rich, the West Egg is associated with the newly rich whereas the East Egg is associated...

Find Another Essay On The Great Gatsby

Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Essay

1290 words - 6 pages The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “In the years immediately after the completion of The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald was unable to provide his art with any such endorsement” (Collins). Fitzgerald was unable to get his book published because of insufficient funds. According to Harris, “F Scott Fitzgerald wrote his greatest novel in France in 1924, having exiled himself in order to get some work done” (Harris). The best novel

The great gatsby: comparison Essay

598 words - 2 pages The characters of Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan have led dishonest, passionate lives which has ultimately brought upon their destruction. The Great Gatsby is filled with many conniving and sinful acts amongst the characters, they are portrayed mostly through the eyes of Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan.Throughout the novel Jay Gatsby has indulged in illegal activity and has had multiple affairs with Daisy, he has not contributed positively to society nor

The Great Gatsby

732 words - 3 pages The American Dream of life, love, wealth and happiness is wanted by all, but only few will find it. The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about the American Dream, and those who try to find it, roaring 20's style. Jay Gatsby wanted to be part of the rich. He wanted to live the American Dream. This dream is different for the many people in this book. Nick Carraway, a young mid westerner who moves to New York to learn the bond

The Great Gatsby

630 words - 3 pages "THE POOR SON OF A BITCH" The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays the period known in American history as Prohibition (1919-1933) by focusing on three circles of people and how their worlds collide. The novel, narrated by Nick Carraway, gets its namesake from Jay Gatby, an affluent man known throughout the New York area aristocracy for his lavish parties. Gatsby and Nick enjoy a brief friendship before Gatsby is

The Great Gatsby

864 words - 4 pages How does The Great Gatsby characterise the impact consumerism is having on American Society? The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and is set in America during the 1920s. This was a time of great change in American society. Following WW1 most Americans experienced a high standard of living. The war had led to advances in technology, these advances where then used to make household appliances, new technology helped women by

The Great Gatsby

1085 words - 4 pages The Great Gatsby In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby the narrator, Nick Caraway makes a statement that, in my opinion, reveals to the reader why the book is called The Great Gatsby. “They’re a rotten crowd” Nick shouted across the lawn to Gatsby “You're worth the whole damn lot put together.” I agree with Nicks statement because Gatsby has outstanding values that differ and set him apart from the other characters in the

Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

841 words - 4 pages 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

The Great Gatsby - 1037 words

1037 words - 4 pages F. Scott Fitzgerald opens The Great Gatsby with an epigraph, consisting of a poem, ostensibly written by Thomas Parke D’Invilliers. D’Invillier, a fictional character created by Fitzgerald, describes the advice given to a man to woo his woman of interests with materialistic things. This epigraph directly parallels the courtship of Gatsby and Daisy, as he uses his wealth to cultivate the past love, which was once at the core of their relationship

The Great Gatsby Analysis

1020 words - 5 pages ​F. Scott Fitzgerald, widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, has written novels and short stories, including The Great Gatsby. Portraying the Jazz Age and the Lost Generation of the 1920s, the Great Gatsby follows a cast of characters living in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. Jay Gatsby, the mysterious millionaire protagonist, holds an unwavering

Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

2929 words - 12 pages Illusions and Reality in The Great GatsbyAccording to Cynthia Wu, no matter how many critical opinions there are on The Great Gatsby, the book basically deals with Gatsby's dream and his illusions (39). We find out from the novel that Jay Gatsby is not even a real person but someone that James Gatz invented. Wu also tells us that Gatsby has illusions that deal with romance, love, beauty, and ideals (39). Wu also points out that Gatsby's

The Great Gatsby - 862 words

862 words - 4 pages Symbolism is the use of giving objects a representative meaning or to represent something other than what it truly is. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby we meet Nick Carroway, the novel's narrator. The novel describes the life of Jay Gatsby when Nick meets him. Daisy, Nick's cousin, is married to Tom Buchanan but is the love interest of Gatsby. Tom, though he claims to love his wife, has a mistress Myrtle. Myrtle and her Husband George

Similar Essays

The Great Gatsby Essay 680 Words

680 words - 3 pages The Great Gatsby The "Twenties" was an exciting time in American history, when being a "flapper" and rebelling against the common say of society was all the rage. As in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is a popular yet mysterious "flapper," whose image is created through the life of Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald portrayed his life, problems, and triumphs, through his image of Jay Gatsby. The correlations between the life of

The Great Gatsby Essay

1004 words - 5 pages anything in order to reconnect with those feelings—including reinventing himself. With the idea of reinvention, Gatsby is stuck in his own illusion and is not able to escape the idea of reliving a time that is already gone. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald delays the full character development of the mysterious Jay Gatsby in order to emphasize the revelation of his true nature—a man with an admirably strong belief of being able to recreate what has

"The Great Gatsby" Essay

548 words - 2 pages The narrator of "The Great Gatsby" is a young man from Minnesota named Nick Carraway. He speaks very highly of himself. He stated that he learned from his father to reserve judgment about other people because if he holds them up to his own moral standards he will misunderstand them. He is both highly moral and highly tolerant. He briefly mentions Gatsby, the hero of his story, when he represented everything he scorns, but he exempts Gatsby from

The Great Gatsby Essay 1082 Words

1082 words - 4 pages F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, is an arduous book to interpret particularly because of the style in which it is written. Readers must differentiate between the separate views of Nick Carraway as the narrator and Nick as a character, but without him, the story would lack balance and insight. Nick is both a shrewd and tolerant man who greatly represents the only sense of morality in the novel. His moral sense helps to set him apart