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The great gatsby 3

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a story

of morals and American idealism, this being a major

theme of the book, which is corrupted by using materials

as its means.

Nick, the narrator as well as one of the main

characters of The Great Gatsby, has moved to the East

coast from the West to learn the bond business. He

rents a mid-sized bungalow on West Egg, where most of

the other residents have adopted their wealth, which

just happens to be next to the palace-like house of

Gatsby, the main character of the story. Nick's cousin

Daisy and her husband Tom are a well-to-do couple who

live on East Egg which is right across the bay from West


This story is about a wealthy man Gatsby, who

becomes corrupt, so to say, he doesn't respect the money

which was virtually given to him when he was younger so

now the great wealth is out to destroy him in a way.

Gatsby takes things for granted because he didn't

have to word to get the Upper Class status which he now

has. An example of this is also one of the main parts

of the story. Daisy, Nick's cousin and the wife of Tom

Buchanon, once knew Gatsby when they were in high school

together and they had a thing going. After a while they

separated and Gatsby went into the Armed Forces. Now,

at the time when this story takes place in the spring of

the 1920's Daisy and Gatsby still have a thing for each

other and their growing romance develops throughout.

Taking what he has got going with Daisy for granted,

like almost everything else he's got going for him, he

begins to loose what he wants the most, Daisy.

While Daisy and Gatsby are having their little

affair Tom is having one of his own with Myrtle, the

wife of an auto garage owner. Theirs too develops

throughout the story.

These two secrete relationships go and on through

the book. Meanwhile the backgrounds of the main

characters as well as ideas/morals are revealed. Then

towards the end of the story everything begins to fall


Daisy kills Myrtle while driving Gatsby's car when

Gatsby was in the passenger seat. Gatsby took the blame

so as not to get Daisy into any trouble then was killed

be Myrtle's husband by Gatsby's pool. Once that is over

the story ends with Gatsby's funeral and the living main

characters live on happily ever after.

The Great Gatsby is a well written book, it shows

how someone can be doomed by their self-delusion when

they try to maintain an idealism based on material

values. Every main character is greatly developed as

daily events continue on so the reader is virtually

drawn into the story. Everything is understandable and

there are no gaps of slow, boring reading in the middle

when the present isn't being talked about then someone's

past is developed through either a flashback or the

telling of a story by one of the characters. The

content of this book is thick and juicy but well

organized like a cross-section of an orange where the

slices are clearly separated but full of juice


Fitzgerald wrote this story using Nick as the

narrator as well as one of the main characters as well

as other techniques to make this story work. By using

Nick as the narrator all of the action is filtered

through his head so he can make moral judgments of

others and himself. This story jumps from scene to

scene, focusing only on those few incidents which best

support the total structure. For example, Nick moves to

the East to learn the bond business but his business

activities are vaguely covered because they have no

place in the structure of the book. Other things that

make this book what it is includes juxtaposition,

between Tom's and Gatsby's parties, using flashbacks to

reveal Gatsby's background, and a descriptive style

especially when Fitzgerald is trying to create a mood.

Overall, this book made me think of my own moral

values as well as well as the fact that I shouldn't take

things that I have got for granted. If I do then I

could loose what I have got. I liked how the book was

written because it kept my attention and I followed the

events fairly well. I give it two thumbs up for content

and overall readability.

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