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The Great Gatsby: Jay Gatsby. AiLi Lim Olivia Russell Martine Acanfora. Connection to Roaring Twenties. The Great Gatsby was a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald during the Roaring Twenties. It was a criticism of that time period - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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The Great Gatsby:Jay GatsbyAiLi LimOlivia RussellMartine AcanforaConnection to Roaring TwentiesThe Great Gatsby was a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald during the Roaring Twenties. It was a criticism of that time periodJay Gatsby represented the wealthy lifestyle of the 1920s.Jay Gatsby was a new eggNew egg were the wealthy that obtained wealth through work rather than through inheritance.

Rumors of Gatsbyhes a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm..he was a German spy during the war.he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to Von Hidenburg and second cousin to the devil.he didnt live in a house at all, but in a boat that looked like a house and was moved secretly up and down the Long Island shore.

What Gatsby says about himselfHe was the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West (San Francisco) who are all dead now.Brought up in America, but educated in OxfordAll his ancestors were educated there so it was a family traditionLived like a rajah in all the capitals of Europe like Paris, Venice, and Rome.Participated in war and was promoted to be a major and even obtained a medalGatsbys Real BackgroundHis real name was James GatzHe changed his name to Jay Gatsby at the age of 17Born in North Dakota in a poor familyWent to a small Lutheran college of St. Olaf for 2 weeksDan Cody employed Gatsby to work for him on his yachtWhile he was in the army during WWI, he met Daisy and fell in love with her.After he returned to America from war, Gatsby started to work for Wolfsheim in the criminal businessHe received most if his fortune there


Young man with tanned skin and short hair that was trimmed everydayAround thirty years oldFlamboyant style of dressingCaramel colored suitWhite flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tiePink suit

PersonalityFormal speech (ex: Old sport)Loyal to those he lovesPersistentKind-hearted, charming, and generousNave and idealisticAs a boy, he made resolves to improve himself

American Dream ThemeThe American dreaman individual can achieve success regardless of family history or social status if they work hard enoughGoal: To achieve happinessJay Gatsby represented the American dreamHe grew up in poverty, but grew up to be a millionaireEpitome of a self-made man (though he did not obtain the money through honest means)However, Fitzgerald also used Gatsby to show the corruption of the American Dream in the 1920sDesire for money and worldly pleasures overshadowed the true values of the dreamElaborate parties represented the greed, material excess, and unrestrained desire for pleasure Gatsby was blinded by his dream of wealth, status, and success and it led to his demise

Occupation and WealthThroughout Gatsbys life, he has strived to obtain wealth through numerous jobs.JanitorWorked for Dan Cody as steward, mate, skipper, secretary, and even jailorAfter the war, he worked with WolfsheimBootleggerillegally selling alcoholGatsby obtained his an enormous wealth through criminal activity rather than honest work. One could question if the end justify the means. Gatsbys American dream was accomplished through criminal actions.

Gatsbys RelationshipsDaisy FayFell in love with herLied about his family background to herLeft for war and came back to only find out that she married TomAttempts to win back Daisys loveTakes the blame of killing Myrtle when it was really DaisyDaisy doesnt even attend Gatsby funeral

Nick CarrawayBefriended Nick in order to get closer to DaisyBecame good friends in the endNick acknowledges Gatsby as the most morally good person of all the charactersOnly friend who went to his funeral10Gatsbys RelationshipsTomNegative relationship between each other because of their mutual love for DaisyTom ruins the possibility for Daisy to love Gatsby when he mentions Gatsby profession as a criminalTells Wilson that Gatsby killed his wife leading to Gatsbys death

Meyer WolfsheimMet Gatsby after the war and gave him a jobGatsbys crime partnerHowever, Wolfshiem neglects to go to Gatsbys funeralTheir relationship was purely out of business than out of friendship

Connection to todays worldLike Gatsby, everyone strives to obtain the American dream. We have goals that we want to achieve, though some may be more difficult to accomplish than others. The dream may be different than its 1920s counterpart; however, the underlying theme is still the same. Modern day celebrities can be compared to Jay GatsbyOprah Winfrey, J.K Rowling, Jay-ZThey all started out in a poor background, but through hard work, they became successful

SourcesEmin Tunc, Tanfer. "The Great Gatsby: The Tragedy of the American Dream on Long Island's Gold Coast." In Bloom, Harold, ed. The American Dream, Bloom's Literary Themes. New York: Chelsea Publishing House, 2009. Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts On File, Inc. BLTTAD009&SingleRecord=True (accessed May 3, 2012).Putnam, LuElla. "the American dream." McClinton-Temple, Jennifer, ed. Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature.. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2011. Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts On File, Inc. ETL0004&SingleRecord=True (accessed May 3, 2012).