The Great Gatsby
The 1920's were a period when the economy was going through the roof and people were carefree and partying all over the place. Despite their accepting personality, many of these people were not as attracted to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby as he had hoped. Some felt it was a masterpiece, yet it marked the beginning of a decline in Fitzgerald's career from which he would never quite recover. He was unable to write any books for about ten years after this failure started; as a result, he became quite unstable. This particular work of Fitzgerald's allowed the reader to relate to the events that occurred in it because it was a piece that associate to any time period. In this book, the setting consisted of various locations in New York. These were the places where the characters lives grew or diminished as they dealt with the things that took place in their lifetime. Furthermore, these events helped establish the ambiance of the book, which served as a significant part of Fitzgerald's writing. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote several sections of this piece to create an everlasting atmosphere; these were point of view, setting, and themes.
Fitzgerald chose a unique point of view, causing the story to appear more realistic and eternal. He wrote the book in a limited first person perspective, with Nick Carraway serving as the narrator. Nick brought the reader closer to the action by forcing us to experience the events first hand. Throughout the book, the audience became the one who wondered about the other characters, especially Gatsby, instead of Nick himself. The use of the limited first person perspective also gave not only the character of Gatsby but also the whole novel a greater air of realism. In addition, Nick was careful not to tell the reader things he did not know. If he was not knowledgeable about a certain occasion, he sought the information from someone who had been there. Jordan Baker, for example, told him about Gatsby's courtship of Daisy in Louisville: "The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking...His name was Jay Gatsby and I didn't lay eyes on him for over four years." (Fitzgerald 80) Jordan and many others told Nick about various events throughout the book. In addition, Nick never revealed any information he could never know. This was one of the reasons the novel was so convincing.
The setting also contributed to the endless mood of the piece. The numerous environments reflected the characters that lived in them. Each of the settings both influenced and determined the values of the people who lived or worked there. In East Egg, where Tom and Daisy lived, the people had their wealth for a long time and were comfortable with it. Since they were secure with their money, they never had the...