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The Great Gatsby Essay

  • Submitted by: kerikearns
  • on November 17, 2013
  • Category: English
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An Analysis of the Novel
The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald

For: Mr. Chomyc
By: Keri Kearns
Friday, May 31, 2013
By ENG 3U1
Kearns 1
The Great Gatsby
The novel The Great Gatsby was written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, or better known as F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended Princeton University, but left without graduating to join the American army for the First World War. Two years later he was discharged from the army. At this time he was engaged to a southern girl name Zelda Sayre. She called off their engagement because she felt that Fitzgerald could not afford her. Fitzgerald began to sell his stories to magazines which led to his first novel being published in 1920. After his first novel was published, Zelda decided to marry Fitzgerald. They moved to New York together to live a high life style. Living in New York inspired Fitzgerald’s second book The Beautiful and Damned in 1922. In the same year, they moved with their infant daughter, Scottie, to Great Neck, Long Island. This is where the scene of The Great Gatsby occurred. The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 during the time of the roaring twenties in the U.S.A. following the end of World War I. The story is narrated by the one of the main characters, Nick Carraway. We see the story from Nick’s point of view and have details on his opinions and feelings throughout the story. Nick is introduced to the New York social scene and gets to know Gatsby. Gatsby wants to repeat the past. He is a dreamer, has an extravagant life style, and has big parties. Fitzgerald earned little money from his novels, the least of which being The Great Gatsby. Gatsby has a very dark and tragic mood. There are many symbols throughout the novel and many themes to pay attention to. The last novel Fitzgerald wrote was The Tender Night. F. Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940.
Kearns 2
Plot Summary
The Great Gatsby is set in the summer of 1922. Nick...

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