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Great Gatsby: Introduction

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This was the time for most to come alive it was the decade of economic prosperity and
carefree living for many.
The term Jazz Age was actually coined by Fitzgerald himself.
Many important events occurred in this decade, most importantly the closing of this
decade is where we see the stock market crash leading the United States into what we
know as the great depression.

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Here are some images which produce an image of what the 1920s were like.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was born September 24, 1986 in St. Paul, Minnesota to an
“unsuccessful, aristocratic father and an energetic, provincial mother”. He ended up
going to Princeton where he had flunked out eventually making his way to serve in
the army. While stationed in Alabama he met the woman who he was going to have a
rollercoaster of a life with, Zelda Sayre. During their marriage they had one daughter
which they called, Scottie. While married they decided to leave their lives behind and
move to France where they would have a chance to stay away from the lifestyle they
were not interested in. While in France this is when Fitzgerald began the writing of
The Great Gatsby publishing it in 1925. As time went by, Fitzgerald ended up passing
away of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.
Information sourced from: https://www.britannica.com/biography/F-Scott-Fitzgerald

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For The Great Gatsby, these themes are highly important.


The American dream is portrayed by the lifestyles that the characters all live within
Home reflects onto where they each live and the ways in which the characters
connect with them.
Honesty relates back to the relationship between Nick and Gatsby specifically.
Money/ Materialism this has to do with the lifestyles in which the characters expose
themselves to.
Life and death and the quickness of both.
Love is constant whether its between two or just one.
The past is something that some people are unable to let go of.

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As the most influential character, we see many pieces of this character which are to
be questioned.
The importance of this character is shown through his lifestyle, emotions, and
character towards others.

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Being the second most influential character, as well as being the narrator, Nick has a
complicated factor about him.
He has been brought between many of the major points of the novel because of his
closeness with both Gatsby and Daisy.

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Being in a bad marriage has made Daisy whimsical in a sense.


She is passive about all things in life, family and friends.
Although she plays it off as being a dumb character, she is remarkably bright.

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As minor characters go, the three who make the largest impacts are the ones on top.
Although, eventually the reader is aware of an act committed by George which
changes the way in which readers react to him

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A visual representation of how each character relates to another, some connections


to each are there others are not.
Sourced from: https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/g/the-great-gatsby/character-
map

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The areas in which each of the main characters live are within this area of New York
State.
As mentioned, west egg is still affluent although it is not as the same standards as the
east egg.

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Gatsby’s Mansion is where a lot of the major events occur.


This is where Nick meets Gatsby first, he throws lavish parties, he sees daisy after
years of being apart, etc.

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The introduction of the story we meet Nick first, this sets the tone for how part of the
book will go.
Nick is in constant awe by what lifestyle Gatsby lives in.
Being is such close proximity is a cause for how they meet, as well as who Nick
knows.

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Readers can infer that the dinner part did not go as planned.
With the awkwardness of the set up date and the phone call situation the night
ended with a soreness.
The first instance we are given a visual of Gatsby is during the end staring at the
iconic green light.

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One of the most important symbols that we come across in the whole novel is the
green light. This symbol represents two sepreate things, one leading up during
Chapter 9.
The use of this light as a figuration of how he wishes life could be, yet he will never be
able to achieve it. Eventually we find out that this light is actually reflected from the
house of Daisy and Tom Buchanan.

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