The Great Gatsby

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  • 1. By F. Scott Fitzgerald Prepared by: Martin Tanchev

2. Pursuing his dream to learn the bond business, Nick Carraway (the narrator) moves from Minnesota to New York. There he rents a house on the island of East Egg across from West Egg, where his cousin Daisy lives with her husband Tom Buchanan. Not long after his arrival, Nick finds out that Daisy is being cheated on with a lady named Myrtle Wilson. One day during the summer, Nick receives an invitation to one of Gatsbys, his mysterious neighbors, grand parties. Eventually, they become friends and Nick learns that Gatsby is in love with Daisy. He helps them meet and they have an affair. Tom becomes suspicious of this and is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding Gatsby. At first, Daisy doesnt know how to react but when she finds out that Gatsby is a criminal, she decides to stay with Tom. Tom sends her back to East Egg with Gatsby, attempting to prove that he cannot hurt him. On the way back Daisy is at the driving wheel of Gatsbys car when it hits Myrtle. Thinking that Gatsby is the killer, Mr. Wilson goes to his house and shoots him, and then commits suicide. Gatsby dies alone, because no one attends his funeral except for Nick, his father, and a few servants. Tom and Daisy go to Chicago and Nick never sees them again. SUMMARY OF THE BOOK 3. The book offers an extremely wide range of various themes. However, the easiest to distinguish and understand, in my opinion, are the following ones: Love Gatsbys true love to Daisy made him take all the actions (bootlegging, making parties, etc.) in order to get closer to her. Wealth It is possible to achieve great wealth without being accepted into the elite class. Compassion and Forgiveness All of the characters are willing to forgive but too stubborn not to. Lies - Only a few characters are truly honest. THEMES 4. Gatsby vs. Tom - Gatsby wants something he can't have Daisy. She wants to be financially stable, so she married Tom, a millionaire and part of the American upper class. Gatsby wants to be like Tom in a way as Tom has everything Gatsby dreamt about. Gatsby vs. Society Gatsby is different than the others by the fact that he earned his money in an illegal way, standing against the society. Gatsby vs. self Gatsby is trying to change himself for the better in order to attract and keep Daisy. CONFLICTS 5. The Great Gatsby seems to be a short book but in spite of its size it took me so long to read it. It was not that is boring that slowed me down but the complexity of the book itself. I had to read some sentences two, three or even four times in order to understand their meaning and even then I couldnt fully understand them. Here the film and the Internet came in handy. Also there were many unfamiliar words and I had to constantly look them up in the dictionary, which was tiring. As for the content of the book I cant say that I understood everything as the era in the book is distant and the people had different moral values. I couldnt understand the theme about the American dream but the main themes were clear and simple enough. All in all, The Great Gatsby as a compelling book that took me long to read and some knowledge in history would make it even more interesting. PERSONAL RESPONSE 6. Information and Ideas: e/g/the-great-gatsby/book-summary by/summary.html by/themes.html es/literature/what-is-a-major-theme- of-the-great-gatsby Music: Duke Ellington The Mooche Pictures: =27&gs_ri=psy- ab&cp=6&gs_id=m&xhr=t&q=the+ great+gatsby&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bv m=bv.52434380,d.Yms&biw=1680& bih=949&dpr=1&um=1&ie=UTF- 8&hl=bg&tbm=isch&source=og&sa =N&tab=wi&ei=YJhBUujILMGjhgf ckoHQAw BIBLIOGRAPHY