The rich have made their money on industry and carelessly tossed the waste, resulting in this gray, poverty-stricken stretch of land.
Nick retraces Wilson's journey, which placed him, by early afternoon, at Gatsby's house. Like Gatsby, Fitzgerald was driven by his love for a woman who symbolized everything he wanted, even as she led him toward everything he despised.
He forces the group to drive into New York City and confronts Gatsby in a suite at the Plaza Hotelasserting that he and Daisy have a history that Gatsby could never understand. Some of it, however, resurfaced in the short story "Absolution. With a few well-chosen questions, Nick learns that Daisy, not Gatsby, was driving the car, although Gatsby confesses he will take all the blame.
The significance of the past is clarified in the conclusion of the novel: The books proved to be "as popular as pin-up girls " among the soldiers, according to the Saturday Evening Post 's contemporary report. As an upper-class white woman living in East Egg during this time period, Daisy must adhere to certain societal expectations, including but certainly not limited to actively filling the role of dutiful wife, mother, keeper of the house, and charming socialite.
Americans from the s to the 21st century have plenty of experience with changing economic and social circumstances.
Zelda finally agreed to marry him, but her preference for wealth, fun, and leisure led her to delay their wedding until he could prove a success.
Symbols are objects, characters, figures, and colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts.
One day, Nick is invited to accompany Tom, a blatant adulterer, to meet his mistress, Myrtle Wilson, a middle-class woman whose husband runs a modest garage and gas station in the valley of ashes, a desolate and run-down section of town that marks the convergence of the city and the suburbs.
Generally the most effusive of the positive reviews was Edwin Clark of The New York Timeswho felt the novel was "A curious book, a mystical, glamourous [sic] story of today. Upon Gatsby's invitation which is noteworthy because rarely is anyone ever invited to Gatsby's parties — they just show up, knowing they will not be turned awayNick attends one of the extravagant gatherings.
When Daisy is unable to do this, Gatsby declares that Daisy is going to leave Tom. For instance, one could argue that Daisy's ultimate decision to remain with her husband despite her feelings for Gatsby can be attributed to the status, security, and comfort that her marriage to Tom Buchanan provides.
Thus, the eyes also come to represent the essential meaninglessness of the world and the arbitrariness of the mental process by which people invest objects with meaning. Nick, greatly agitated by all that he has experienced during the day, continues home, but an overarching feeling of dread haunts him.
As the story opens, Nick has just moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune as a bond salesman. This is a highly symbolic novel, and Fitzgerald uses symbols to represent various aspects of the American Dream.
When the former lovers meet, their reunion is slightly nervous, but shortly, the two are once again comfortable with each other, leaving Nick to feel an outsider in the warmth the two people radiate.
Although the reader isn't specifically told what they discuss, Jordan is greatly amazed by what she's learned. His style fairly scintillates, and with a genuine brilliance; he writes surely and soundly. Nearing dawn the next morning, Nick goes to Gatsby's house.
The first is the Valley of Ashes, a place which depicts the consequences of the self-absorption of the rich. There he met and fell in love with a wild year-old beauty named Zelda Sayre. The afternoon is filled with drunken behavior and ends ominously with Myrtle and Tom fighting over Daisy, his wife.
Her choice between Gatsby and Tom is one of the central conflicts in the novel. They introduce Nick to Jordan Baker, an attractive, cynical young golfer. Like Tom, who has just learned of Daisy's affair, Wilson has just learned of Myrtle's secret life — although he does not know who the man is — and it has made him physically sick.
As the summer unfolds, Gatsby and Daisy's affair begins to grow and they see each other regularly. After the group meets and journeys into the city, Myrtle phones friends to come over and they all spend the afternoon drinking at Myrtle and Tom's apartment.
Gatsby is fundamentally a dreamer. Myrtle, who possesses a fierce vitality, is desperate to find refuge from her complacent marriage. Themes[ edit ] Sarah Churchwell sees The Great Gatsby as a "cautionary tale of the decadent downside of the American dream.All Symbols The Green Light and the Color Green The Eyes of Doctor T.
J. Eckleburg The Valley of Ashes East Welcome to the LitCharts study guide on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Plot Summary. A quick-reference summary: The Great Gatsby on a single page.
The Great Gatsby: Detailed Summary & Analysis. In-depth summary and analysis of. However, Gatsby appears to be trembling and “stretche[s] out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way” and when Nick looks, as far as he can see, there is nothing except a “single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock”.
The Green Light. Situated at the end of Daisy’s East Egg dock and barely visible from Gatsby’s West Egg lawn, the green light represents Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future. Gatsby associates it with Daisy, and in Chapter 1 he reaches toward it in the darkness as a guiding light to lead him to his goal.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 3 "I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others--young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life." - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 3. The Great Gatsby is a novel written by American author F.
Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg. ANALYSIS. The Great Gatsby (). F. Scott Fitzgerald () INTRODUCTION.
The Great Gatsby is first of all a Realist novel of manners in the tradition of Henry James and Edith Wharton, who sought to reveal (1) universal truths of human nature and society through (2) objectivity in.Download