Great Gatsby

Great GatsbyBy: Scott FitzgeraldBook Report By: Claudia YaegerMr. Clark C.P. English 11Due October 22, 20011.) Title: The Great GatsbyPublished by: Charles Scribners Sons, New YorkAuthor: Scott FitzgeraldWhere book was acquired: Wittenberg Library: Wausau Library.

2.) What type of book: Fiction, told in First Person.3.) Characters:1.) Nick Carraway: (Direct Character) Nick is the main character telling us the story. He attended college at Yale University, and started a bond business in New York.

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He lives in West Egg, Long Island, the low part of the Island, near his cousin Daisy, who lives in East Egg. His neighbor is Jay Gatsby, Daisys lover, and he dates Jordan Baker, Daisys best friend. He also hates where he lives.2.) Daisy Buchanan: (Indirect Character) Daisy is Nicks second cousin, once removed, and absolutely loves Nick. She tries to set him up with her best friend Jordan Baker. She also married Tom Buchanan, Nicks old classmate from college, and lives in the upper part of Long Island called East Egg.

She is a well-respected girl, and is still in love with her ex-lover Jay Gatsby.3.) Tom Buchanan: (Indirect Character) He is Daisys husband, and, an old classmate of Nicks.

A well-known rich sophisticated, and yet snobby and racist, businessman. Tom is having an affair with young Myrtle Wilson. Tom has suspicions of his wife Daisy and Jay Gatsby having an affair. 4.) Jay Gatsby: (Indirect Character) He is a rich man who always throws parties, and lives next door to Nicks summer house in West Egg.

In the beginning he is a quiet, well-respected, rich man, but in the end it turns out he has a history of crime, and wasnt at all who he said he was. Gatsby is having an affair with Daisy Buchanan, and is very jealous of her husband Tom.5.) Jordan Baker: (Indirect character) Jordan is a woman who acts very unfeminine.

She smokes, drinks, swears, and is also a pro-golfer. She is quite the “modern woman, and has been friends with Daisy for a long time. Nick Carraway and her become involved.6.) Myrtle Wilson: (Indirect Character) George Wilsons wife and Tom Buchanans lover. Her and her husband operate a garage fixing, or pumping gas into cars.4.

) Two main conflicts:1.) Gatsby vs. Tom: Both Tom and Gatsby are in love with Daisy.

Daisy is Gatsbys lover from the past, and they were supposed to get married, but lost contact. Gatsby wants to marry her now that he found her, but she is already married to Tom Buchanan. Tom loves her, but also has a mistress, Myrtle Wilson. Gatsby thinks that Tom is not treating Daisy right, and wants her to go with him.

In the end Gatsby asks Daisy to go with him and she chooses to stay with Tom. Toms mistress dies when Gatsby and Daisy hit her with a car, and Tom stays with Daisy. After Gatsby is killed they leave town together.2.) Nick vs. Society: Nick just moved to New York from the Midwest to start a business in bonds.

When he gets there he realizes he hates it. He doesnt like where he lives on Long Island, and doesnt know that many people. His cousin Daisy introduces him to some of her friends, and he also attends one of his neighbors parties to meet people. A lot of the people he meets are crooked, and dishonest, and Nick isnt used to that.At Gatsbys funeral Nick realizes that rich people have nothing. All they have to offer is money, and thats it.

When ever Gatsby had a party a lot of people would be there, but only his father and Nick attended his funeral. He sees that, all the people are interested in is money, parties, and fame, and it doesnt matter where it comes from or whos party they have to go to. Most of them have a hidden background that no one is to know about, and they want everyone to think that they are happy, when in fact, most of them arent. 5.) Setting: Where: This book takes place on Long Island New York.

Gatsby and Nick Carraway live in West Egg, Long Island, the less populated, unsettled part of town. Only the people of lower class live in West Egg, except for Gatsbys mansion. Dicks cousin Daisy and her husband Tom live in East Egg, Long Island, the upper class part of town. The people of higher societies live in this part of town.When: 19226.) Plot: Nick Carraway just moved to NY, from he Midwest, to learn the bond business. He buys a house in a town called West Egg, Long Island.

West Egg is the lower class part of town, and Nick hates it there, but his neighbor Gatsby lives in a mansion. His cousin, Daisy Buchanan, lives in East Egg, Long Island, the upper class part of town. Shortly after he gets there his cousin invites him over for dinner. At Daisys house, Nick meets Jordan Baker, Daisys best friend. Daisy tries to hook them up. During dinner, the phone rings and it is Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanans mistress. Shortly after dinner, Jordan leaves to her golf tournament.A couple days later Tom takes Nick to the garage where Myrtle lives with her husband George.

Nick sees that Myrtle is young, and beautiful, whereas George is very plain. A little while later Tom, Nick, Myrtle, and her sister go to Toms apartment in New York. They are sitting around in his apartment, and soon are all drunk. Then Myrtle starts saying Daisys name, and Tom hits her and breaks her nose.A couple weeks go by, and Nick is invited to one of Gatsbys parties. He goes there and talks with Jordan Baker.

He learns that Gatsby throws big, fancy parties, but no one knows anything about him. Later that night Nick finally meets his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, and they talk for a while. One day Gatsby drives Nick into New York for lunch. While talking, Gatsby tells Nick that he is from the Midwest, and went to Oxford University in England. He also told him that he fought in the war, all of which Nick doesnt believe. During lunch with Gatsby, Nick meets his associate, Meyer Wolfsheim, and learns that he was the one who fixed the World Series in 1919. Nick then thinks that Gatsbys wealth comes from his connection to Meyer.

Later Jordan tells Nick all about Gatsby and Daisy. She tells him how they used to be lovers, but she married Tom Buchanan, and that he still loved her. Nick then realized that Gatsby is his friend because Daisy was his cousin.

She also tells him that Gatsby wants to see Daisy again, and that he should help.Nick invites Daisy to his house so she can reunite with Gatsby. Gatsby gets a little nervous, but Nick tells him no to worry. When Daisy gets there she is surprised. After a while she gets used to him and they start to talk, and they end up talking all night.

After this Gatsby tells Nick the truth about himself. First he told him about how he and Daisy were once in love. Then he tells him how his real name is Jay Gatz, and that he was the son of a farmer. He also told him that he dropped out of college, and befriended a millionaire, which would explain his wealth. One day Nick goes over to Gatsbys house and finds him talking to Tom. He sees that Tom does not like Gatsby, and no longer trusts Daisy alone.

Nick, Jordan, and Gatsby are all invited to Tom and Daisys house for lunch. Daisy and Gatsby cannot hide their love for each other, and Tom sees his. Tom gets very angry from seeing this. They all decide to go to the Plaza hotel, in New York, and get a suite.

There, Tom and Gatsby yell at each other, and Tom makes sure that everyone knows that he never went to Oxford. Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy doesnt love him, and that she only married him because she didnt have any money, and didnt want to wait for him anymore. Daisy then chooses to stay with Tom, even though she is not happy. Gatsby is heartbroken. Tom then sends Daisy home with Gatsby, knowing that nothing will happen, and on the way home they hit Myrtle Wilson, and kill her. To protect Daisy from Tom, Gatsby takes the blame for the accident, even though it was Daisy who was driving, and stays at Toms to prevent him from beating Daisy.Nick and Gatsby talk at Gatsbys house, and Gatsby is really depressed. While at work, Nick worries about Gatsby, and decides to go find him.

Meanwhile, Tom told George that Gatsby killed his wife, and where to find him. When Nick gets to Gatsbys house, he finds him shot to death, and a few yards away is George Wilsons body. George went there to kill Gatsby, and also killed himself.Nick goes to Gatsbys funeral, and nobody shows up except for Gatsbys father.

Nick is disgusted on how so many people can go to Gatsbys parties, but no one can show up for his funeral. Tom and Daisy moved out of town, and Nick broke up with Jordan to move out west.7.) Two things I learned from this book: 1.

) I learned that money doesnt bring you anything but unhappiness. Gatsby had all the money in the world, but he didnt have any real friends, except for Nick, and was left alone in the world. He lost Daisy, and ended up dying with nothing.

2.) The second thing I learned is that you should never have an affair when you are married. It only makes things a lot worse. Like in Tom and Daisys situation.

Daisy ran Myrtle over, and Tom killed Gatsby, by telling George that Gatsby killed his wife, knowing that George would go after him.8.) Two main themes:1.) One possible theme could be, dont waste your life on riches and material things, spend more time trying to get to know yourself, and others around you.

2.) Another possible theme is, money doesnt make you popular, or well known. Like Gatsby, he threw all these parties that were crowded with people, but when his funeral was, only Nick and his father showed up. You cant buy your friends.

Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is based on the dreams of a man named Jay Gatsby. Throughout the novel, it is suggested to the reader that Gatsby is a symbol for America. He represents the possibilities of life on a level at which the material and the spiritual have been confused (Bewley 11). Gatsby’s dreams, lifestyle and sense of morality represent an American vision of life at which the reality ends and an illusion begins. First, to be an American means to have dreams.Gatsby is a dreamer, just like may Americans.

All his dreams are based on one factor, Daisy Buchanan. Most Americans, achieve their goal only we they are free. Anthony Burgess suggests that “Freedom is slavery”. When Gatsby realizes that he has lost her, his freedom to desire her makes him a slave to her.

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Since Gatsby is truly ambitious, he won’t stop until he “gets the girl”. To most Americans that is part of their American dream: to have a pretty girl. That is truly what Gatsby wants: to get the pretty girl who’s “voice is full of money”(Fitzgerald 127). In order for him to have a chance with Daisy, he needs to have money and the Great American lifestyle. Nonetheless, the first step in getting the girl is to have the money. Gatsby luckily inherits money from a friend and joins the world of “bootlegging”.

He gets all this and takes it a step further into the dream that Daisy wanted when she was with him.Gatsby’s new lifestyle included motorboats, aquaplanes, private beaches, Rolls Royces and water towers (Bewley 16). “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among whisperings and the champagne and stars” (Fitzgerald 43). Not only was Gatsby very popular like most Americans want to be but he also had good clothing. Daisy became very emotional when Nick writes “He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them one by one before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many colored disarray” (Fitzgerald 97). Most important, we must ask ourselves if Gatsby, the American, has any kind of morality. Through the eyes of psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg, Gatsby would have no sense of morality.

Kohlberg separated morality into three stages: preconventional, conventional, and post-conventional.Kohlberg would not believe that Gatsby has any morality because he is a man who only cared about getting money to have his girl. He did what he had to do but he did it illegally. Gatsby only really cared about Daisy and he was willing to take the blame for Myrtle’s accident only because it was the love of his life. Maybe Kohlberg would agree that he does have some kind of conventional morality since his reasoning is based on the expectations of others for him to do the right thing.

As well as with many other Americans. Not many Americans reach the stage where they stand up for their own ethics and human rights. Beyond that, readers must also see if Gatsby’s American Dream was worthwhile.Even though he did get the money and the lifestyle, he never did get the girl. Gatsby was not able to achieve his one true goal, and as a consequence, he was killed. This happens to most Americans. Their dreams are crushed by others “conspiring together” (Fitzgerald 153). These other people’s ambitions are always bigger than the victim.

In other cases the one’s who do reach their goals are criticized by others and either become snobs or become outcasts to the world.Who could actually live in such a horrible place? America is the place where dreams, lifestyles, and morals are only present in a few. Heartless people crush dreams, lifestyles are destroyed by green-eyed monsters, and morals exist in only in those who don’t have ambitions. It’s what Charles Darwin would call survival of the fittest, or only the strong survive. America, it’s a jungle out there. Bibliography Bewley, Marius. ” Criticism of America”.

The University of the South, 1954. Burgess, Anthony. “Is America Falling Apart?”, The New York Times, 1971. Fitzgerald, F.

Scott. The Great Gatsby.New York: Scribner Fiction, 1995.


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