The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald An Analysis Of Characters, As Well As Themes, Tones, Motifs, Etc.

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Author- Born in St. Paul Minnesota, Fitzgerald was born to a wealthy family that both admired and revered their successful ancestry. A failure at Princeton, he would go on to write numerous novels and short stores that both illustrated and reflected the people of his era; the Jazz age. In spite of his accomplishments, he would die of a heart attack mid-way through his last novel The Love of the Last Tycoon thinking of himself as a failure.Setting- Great Gatsby is a novel that takes place during the roaring twenties, or an era otherwise known as the Jazz Age. A time of prohibition and experimentation, the novel portrays both the chaos and loss of morals that many during that time experienced. To further exemplify such a scene, the novel is set in the outskirts of New York City, two subdivisions of New Jersey that are referred to as the East Egg, the West Egg, and laying in the middle of it all, the Valley of Ashes. The West Egg is the older, more refined side of town as its inhabitants are of older wealth. The East Egg however contains the newer, more rambunctious inhabitants of wealth; both however, remain separated by the clear blue bay that leads to the Atlantic. Separating the two, the Valley of Ashes lays desolate, dirty, and forgotten much like its people. No greater contrast exists among the settings of the novel as does between the neighborhoods in which the characters live.Plot- Nick Caraway travels to the east in search for a new job that has the potential to lead him to a more exciting life. In the process he meets Jay Gatsby, a man with an unforgettable past and an unclear future who's drive and ambition has brought him to East Egg in search of his long lost love; Daisy.Tom Buchanan- Husband of Daisy, the two shining "arrogant" eyes that stare into the face of all whom meet him are only defined further by his "cruel body." Once a star in college, all in life seems less in the shadow of such glory and for this, nothing catches his heart or satisfies his lust as much as what he used to have. Instead of remaining true to Daisy, he often "goes off" with other women only to be caught tangled in a web of his own making. Myrtle, his newest affair is no exception; however, this affair would end on a much different note with Tom coming out of it faultless and seemingly innocent by the masses.Daisy Buchanan- Wife of Tom, Daisy represents the light in Gatsby's eye, his motivation, and his future. Her voice, which comes off as soothing and eloquent to the ears, sings to all who hear it. However, the secret behind such a breathtaking voice lies in Gatsby's statement that "her voice is full of money." This defining characteristic, shown throughout the novel, causes one to perceive Daisy as both egotistical in her actions and immature in her words. Though her heart once belonged to Gatsby, she now loves another, and overcomes the temptation to retrieve back into Gatsby's arms by hiding behind her vast wealth and her haughty husband.Nick Caraway- The...

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