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The Great Gatsby

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FC: The Great Gatsby | Katherine Goodman

1: The Great Gatsby is a book about a man named Nick who moves in 1922 from a little town in Minnesota, to Long Island New York. He rents a home in West Egg, a town best known for people with new money whom often feel the need to announce just how wealthy they are. Nick is not like the other residents of West Egg. He has social connections in East Egg, an area best known for the very wealthy upper class. | The Great Gatsby

2: From Minnesota, went to Yale University and fought in World War 1. He moves to New York to learn the bonds business. But finds out, the people of New York are much different than he's use to. Nick is an honest person, a good listener, and very open-minded. These traits lead not only other characters in the book to trust Nick, but also the readers. I myself, found Nick to be one of my favorite character. While he enjoys living in New York, he never loses his sense of right and wrong. It's a major internal conflict that plays a part in why I trusted him as a narrator. | Nick Carraway

3: Jay Gatsby, the man this book is center around, is a man of many faces. He lives in a Gothic mansion in West Egg where he throws parties every Saturday night. Most people would be led to believe, he like most other inhabitants of West Egg, just throw their money around to show everyone else how rich they are. But, Gatsby does it for love. The reader is led to believe Jay made his riches from an illegal liquor business, and is continuously involved with the wrong person. Throughout the story, you don’t really ever know if you can trust Jay. He is very secretive, but, with every page of the book, it seems like the reader gets to know another side of Jay Gatsby. | Jay Gatsby

4: Daisy is Nick’s cousin and Jay’s long lost lover. Before the war, many suitors, Gatsby included, courted Daisy. They fell in love, and she promised to wait for him. But, Daisy wasn’t much different than many girls nowadays. She quickly forgot about Gatsby when a hansom rich Tom Buchanan showed interest. She married him, and became a beautiful socialite in East Egg. The reader is often led to believe she is ditzy and unaware of the infidelities of her husband, but my favorite quote “And I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." leads the reader to believe she refuses to acknowledge her husband’s affairs because she doesn’t want to lose the life she’s built for herself. | Daisy

5: The villain of the book, Tom, Daisy’s husband, and Nick’s college friend, is extremely wealthy. He is from old money, and it shows. His comments are laced with sexism and racism. He has little to no morals and feels no regrets while cheating on his wife blatantly in front of Nick and puts him in the awkward position of keeping this from Daisy. But, when Tom learns Daisy’s affair with Gatsby, he becomes extremely angry, and escalates the problem.

6: Jordan | Called a “ new woman” of the 1920’s. She is Daisy’s best friend and Nick’s love interest. She is also a pro golfer, but is extremely dishonest and tends to bend the rules in her favor whenever she can. | Myrtle Wilson | Myrtle is George Wilson’s wife. . She is bitter towards her husband for making her live in a rundown garage and tries to improve her situation by having an affair with the rich Tom. Even though Tom treats her with little respect, but because he buys her nice things, she doesn’t even seem to notice his rude remarks.

7: George | George lives a pretty boring life running a auto shop. Myrtle is his entire world, and when he finds out that she is having an affair with Tom, it destroys him. When George finds out Myrtle has been killed, he wants revenge.

8: The Green Light resides on the edge of Daisy's dock. It's barely visible to Gatsby, but symbolizes his dream of being with Daisy | The Valley of Ashes, between West Egg and New York City is made of ashes. The Valley of Ashes represents the wealthy people losing their morals and the poor losing their faith. | Symbolism

9: Society and Class- The Great Gatsby is full of upper-class socialites who are very self centered. Most of them come from old money and are well educated. Even thought Gatsby is extremely wealthy, so much that he throws extravagant parties every Saturday just to show Daisy how wealthy is, still is lacking because he is not educated and lacks the mannerism that one can only know if they come from old world money. | The American Dream is the biggest theme in The Great Gatsby. Almost all of the characters are so obsessed with obtaining wealth and power. Fitzgerald shows how the social system of 1920 lacked values and morals which led to people becoming increasing more selfish ultimately leading to an exploitation of the American Dream. | Themes

10: 1- It's a love story that isn't full of fluffy good feelings. 2- The Quotes will actually make you think about the meaning 3- The Diction and imagery are beautiful, it really makes you feel like you're in the story. 4- There isn't a right or wrong way to interpret what you read 5- It's a new book every time you read it. | Five Reasons to Love The Great Gatsby

11: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." | “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” | “His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”

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