The Great Gatsby is probably F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest novel. This novel is an American classic and a facsinating evocative work that offers insightful views of the America during the 1920s. Fitzgerald, himself, seems to have had a brilliant understanding of lives that are corrupted by sadness and greed. The events in the novel are filtered through its narrator, Nick Carraway who is a young Yale university graduate, who is and is not part of the world he describes. After moving to New York, he rents a bungalow next door to the glorius mansion of a multi-millionare, Jay Gatsby.
Nick is mesmerized by Gatsby's lifestyle and his noisy self, because as he quotes in the book that he has never seen Gatsby before, but I can feel him staring from the window down. Every Saturday, Gatsby throws an extravagance party, and all the great of the young fashionable world attend, as well as gossiping about their host and his murky past. Fitzgerald attacks the shallow social climbing and the emotional manipulation in the novel. With a decadent cynism, the party attenders cannot see anything beyond their own enjoyment. The author, also shows that the love of Gatsby is frustated by the social situation and the many dangers of his chosen path symbolize his death. Fitzgerald's descriptions are vivid, tense and surprising. As quoted from the novel: "Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.", the author portrayes a sudden unexpected violence.
The writing style of Fitzgerald refers to the way he puts the words together, the rhythm and length of his sentences, his symbolism and his use of description and dialogue. Modelled after Flaubert's Madame Bovary, the author selectioned The Great Gatsby as a 'novel of selected incident'. The author's style is can also be classified as imagistic, because his language use is full of concrete verbal pictures appelaing to the sences. Also, his style might be called as reflective too, because there are several passages at which the narrator, Nick stops and reflects about the meaning of the action, leading to interpreting the events afterwords.
The genres of this book are classified as follows; novel, fiction and drama. The main themes in this book are : 'The money does not buy happiness.' and 'It is not possible to change the past.'
In the book, there are some quotes who tell a lot about Gatsby's personality.
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