The Great Gatsby was written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The majority of the book takes place during the summer of 1922 in the fictional town of West Egg, located on Long Island. The main character of the novel, Jay Gatsby, lives in a mansion and throws large parties very often. The book was originally published by Scribner’s in April 1925, the novel received mixed reviews and did not sell well; in the first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for the novel came from the parties he attended while visiting Long Island’s north shore, and he began planning the novel in 1923. Fitzgerald wanted to produce “something new--something ...view middle of the document...
He lives in a small house between two very large and intricate mansions, one of which happens to be Gatsby’s. Caraway’s second cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband Tom, whom Caraway had known in college, live across the Long Island Sound in the town of East Egg. Because of Nick’s relationship with Daisy, Gatsby believes that Nick has the ability to assist him in trying to win Daisy back.
Daisy Buchanan is friendly and jubilant women; however, Daisy lives a luxurious lifestyle. Daisy has known wealth her entire life and has never had to work for anything because she has always had things handed to her. Her and her husband Tom represent all of East Egg in the sense that nearly all of the people in east Egg have wealth because of money they inherited, whereas the people in West Egg have had to work for the money they have. Daisy is married to Tom; however, she and Gatsby had a romance before Gatsby left for the war. Tom Buchanan, a strong and athletic man, attended New Haven college where he first met Nick. Tom has no problem boasting about all of the feature of his mansion and how lavish each and every thing is. Gatsby essentially dies at the hands of Tom.
The American Dream- Many people come to America because of the freedom and the opportunity for prosperity and success, the combination of these two things embody what has come to be known as the American Dream. Although Gatsby had lived in the U.S. all his life, he still had to pursue the American Dream. Nick Caraway also displays a desire for the American Dream because he moved from the Midwest to the east in order to become richer and more successful.
Hope- The theme of hope represents one of the key elements of the novel. Gatsby’s one and only hope, or desire, throughout the novel is that Daisy will one day return to him. Several other characters in the book have hopes as well, such as Caraway’s hope to one day become wealthy and successful. Everyone should have hopes in life because having a hope makes you strive for something you want and this makes you a better person, and eventually one day you will capture your hopes.
Social Status and Money- The Great Gatsby appears to primarily surround the topics of status and money. The people of West Egg represent the newly rich, people who work for a living and earn their money from their work. Whereas The people of East Egg, especially Daisy and Tom, represent an older type of rich, because the people in East Egg have inherited their money from past generations. The West Eggers are more flashy with their money, and the East Eggers prefer to spend their money on more subtle and elegant things. However, money is money and most of the characters in the book possess a fair amount of wealth.
Illusion versus Reality- Many examples of this theme exist throughout the book. Jay Gatsby himself represents the primary illusion in the novel. Gatsby’s real name is James Gatz; he comes...