Literary Analysis Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, takes place in Long Island around the roaring twenties during the prohibition era. The fictional character and narrator Nick Carraway talks about his experiences with the people of Long Island, which is divided into two parts, East and West Egg. After living in West egg, Nick soon realizes how selfish and negligent the people of Long Island are. The only character that is genuinely a good person is Jay Gatsby, who is Nick’s neighbor, an extremely rich man. Since alcohol is illegal at this time, it is one of the most wanted items in the country. Three important elements from the novel are when Nick says Gatsby turned out to be ‘all right’ in the end, how Daisy Buchanan acts and why she acts the way she does, and what repels and enchants Nick Carraway.
Jay Gatsby is a tremendously wealthy man who earns his riches from bootlegging alcohol. He does not necessarily start out so wealthy; Gatsby grows up in a poor family, he is ashamed of living in poverty and wants to change the way he lives. He meets a man named Dan Cody who teaches him everything he knows about how to dress and live the wealthy life. After Cody dies, Gatsby meets a young seventeen year old girl named Daisy who he is crazy for. Shortly after falling in love, Gatsby heads off to fight in the war leaving Daisy alone and lonely. When Gatsby returns from the war, he finds out that Daisy has left him for another man. Her leaving does not change the way he feels about her and even makes him try harder than ever to get her back. Gatsby even gets a house right across the lake from Tom and Daisy’s so he can be closer to her. He throws these outrageous parties every fortnight just hoping that Daisy will show up to at least one of them. Gatsby is very well known but not a lot of people actually know about him, just of him. In chapter one, Nick says “...Gatsby turned out all right at the end…”(6) because Gatsby has always been an unimpeachable person, dissimilar to a lot of people in Long Island. Gatsby is not selfish and puts others, like Daisy, before himself. Gatsby is willing to do anything for Daisy, he is even willing to take the blame for running over Myrtle, her husband’s mistress. This proves that Gatsby would go to extremes for Daisy to show his love for her.
Another distinct element in this novel are the certain ways Daisy Buchanan acts. In the beginning, Nick describes Daisy as sweet with a soft kind of voice that you could never be forgotten. “It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget..”(10) Daisy comes off as innocent and flirtatious....

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