The Lessons Of The Great Gatsby

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“The Great Gatsby” is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920’s. The novel is narrated by a young man named Nick Carraway, who moves to West Egg, New York to learn more about the bond business so he can eventually sell bonds. He moves into an average house in between two huge mansions, so in comparison his average house looks like a small, run down shack. One of the owners of those mansions, and Carraway’s new neighbor, is Jay Gatsby. Gatsby has huge extravagant parties every night and one day invites Carraway personally, which he never does. Gatsby is never seen at his own parties and no one really knows who he is though there are many rumors about whether he even exists or not and about what type of person he is. But he makes himself known to Carraway and Jordan Baker, a new friend of Nick’s, because they both have relations to Daisy. Daisy is Nick’s cousin and Jordan’s best friend, and Gatsby has been in love with her for years. The duration of the story shows Gatsby’s background history and his struggle from rags to riches to achieve the ultimate version of The American Dream, and his pursuit in getting Daisy, a married woman, to fall back in love with him. Each character in this novel achieves their American Dream in a different, yet similar way. They all wish to have money if they don’t already. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald highlights the concept of extreme happenings without consequence; this thematic structure of the text parallels the concept of The American Dream in current popular culture and for this reason the text is a classic.
Much like Gatsby, the author of this novel wanted nothing more to achieve The American Dream as well. Fitzgerald takes things from his life to add into his story and his characters lives. “The contradictions he experienced and put into fiction heighten the implications of the dream for individual lives: the promise and possibilities, violations and corruptions of those ideals of nationhood and personality "dreamed into being," as Ralph Ellison phrased it, "out of the chaos and darkness of the feudal past."(Callahan) F. Scott Fitzgerald grew up in a poor family and didn’t want to end up like his parents who he saw as failures. He was taught to act like a gentleman and eventually got accepted into an Ivy League school. When he got there he was blinded by visions of every one loving him and wanted to be well known and loved by them all. The duration of his college days was spent partying and writing plays. After college he decided to join the war. One night he attended a dance for soldiers and met a girl there. He was certain he fell in love with her on the spot and was crazy over her to the point where he was almost obsessed. This girl was wealthy unlike he was, and eventually her father made them break up because in his mind “rich girls don’t marry poor boys”. Fitzgerald was completely distraught over the break up and missed her dearly. He kept all her letters to him and...

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