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The Great Gatsby Essay

  • Submitted by: lehmcdonald
  • on March 18, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,937 words

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The novel, The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, takes place during the 1920s in West Egg,
New York. The main character, James Gatsby is a veteran from WWI. After the war he moves back to
New York for hope to rekindle his love with Daisy, but he soon learns that there are many more obstacles
along the way. A little more background….touch on the themes. Gatsby’s death is eventually caused by
his obsession with finding perfection in his life. This leads him to living a lie, losing his lover, and
sending him to his grave.

At the young age of 17 Gatsby is driven to create a completely different life, due to the idea that
if he is wealthy, he will win Daisy, his once love, over. This obsession eventually drives him to West
Egg, across the bay from Daisy. The first hint of the lie occurs (never use “is shown”) when Nick first
spends time with Gatsby, Gatsby claims to come from a rich family and to have attended Oxford, but one
will find later in the book that he only attended Oxford for two weeks, an opportunity given to all who
served in the war, because he had to work as the janitor in order to pay for tuition. “It was a random shot,
and yet the reporter’s instinct was right. Gatsby’s notoriety, spread about by the hundreds who had
accepted his hospitality and so become authorities on his past, had increased all summer until he fell just
short of being news. Contemporary legends such as the “underground pipe-line to Canada.” attached
themselves to him, and there was one persistent story that he didn’t live in a house at all, but in a boat that
looked like a house and was moved secretly up and down the Long Island shore. Just why these
inventions were a source of satisfaction to James Gatz of North Dakota, isn’t easy to say.” (Fitzgerald 97)
Add another similar quote (same as the comments for the quote above)In the interview, Nick finally
learns about the truth about the grand Jay Gatsby, that he in reality is just a farm boy. The interview...

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