The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Book Review

‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald seems to bring out well crafted lifestyle of people whose lives are absorbed by greed, sloth, sadness, and lack of fulfillment. The author has well knitted prose that is crafted with perfection and shows credulously characters, who attend countless parties on Saturdays evenings at Jay Gatsby mansion. The characters, which depict the lives of Americans living in New York and Long Island in the Jazz age in 1920s, gets to bring out the personality of the great character Jay Gatsby.Great Gatsby 1

Fitzgerald uses symbolism in the development of the story. This develops the plot showing a contrast in shallow portrait of characters lives, which in the end turn into challenging and complex situations. The plot becomes engaging and fast paced, making the characters in the novel to be well drawn.

The Overview of the Novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The events of the novel are narrated through the consciousness of Nick Carraway. Nick is a young graduate from New Haven in 1915. After his graduating, he attends the Great War. Feeling the need to start a fresh, he heads to New York where he rents a house next to the eccentric Jay Gatsby. His neighbour turns out to be a rich millionaire, who hold parties in his house every Saturday night, that are attend by both fashionable rich young men and women. All the guests who attend the parties are trendy people who marvel at extravagance; while at the same time admire the host Gatsby.

The irony of the parties is that, even though they are attended by people who claim to like Gatsby, they spread rumours of him and suspect him to have murdered someone in his past. Again some guests say he was a spy for the Germanys in the Great War. Gatsby character is an enigma, more so the origin of his great wealth. Nick spends his days with his neighbours in Long island including his cousin Daisy, and her uncouth husband Tom Buchanan, who has a mistress Mrs. Wilson a wife to George Wilson.

As Nick moves about the neighbourhood, Jay Gatsby sends him an invitation note to attend a Saturday night party at his mansion. As he mingles with the crowd, he stumbles on Gatsby, and the funny thing is that he doesn’t even know him, until he learns about him later on as he leaves with the butler and says his name. Through Nick, the kind of vices that go on the party are brought out. He meets a stout middle aged man in the library, who had been invited by Claud Roosevelt, and says he has been drunk for a whole week. This just gives the picture of the personality of the guests who attend Gatsby parties. As the plot develops, Nick comes to know Gatsby better, and he learns of his sadness and dissatisfaction in life.images Gatsy

Gatsby had fallen in love some time back with Nick’s cousin Daisy. This new knowledge makes things tough as, even though Daisy always loved the rich Gatsby, she is currently married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby implores Nick to help him meet with Daisy by arranging a meeting of the two, so that he can be happy once again. Though he is a bit hesitant at first, Nick agrees and arranges for a meeting of the two at his own house over tea.

Finally Gatsby and Daisy rekindle their love. However this does not run on smoothly, as Daisy’s husband Tom Buchanan, suspects and goes ahead to challenge them. The two lovers decide to drive off from New York to their home. Caught up in an emotional turmoil, Daisy knocks a woman dead. In spite of himself, Gatsby decides to change the whole affair and takes on the blame of killing the woman. The dead woman is George Wilsons’ wife, Mrs. Wilson, who was the mistress of Tom.

As Gatsby feels his life is not complete without his lover Daisy, he insists on taking the blame, and when George learns that the vehicle that knocked his wife dead was Jay Gatsby’s,  from Tom Buchanan, he seeks for revenge. He goes to Gatsby mansion and as fate would have it, he shoots him dead. Feeling sad and disgusted by the lives of people, Nick makes the funeral arrangements of his friend Gatsby, and leaves New York.

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In Search Of Deeper Meaning to Life in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

The development of the lead character Jay Gatsby goes hand in hand with his wealth. Through him, Fitzgerald brings out the search for a deeper understanding and higher purpose in life. Gatsby becomes rich through bootlegging and illegal gambling, all as a means to an end to get love. He loves Daisy, and he is committed foot and mouth to have her back as his life companion.

As Gatsby tries to win back his sweetheart, he forms vices that seek to replace his pent up love for Daisy. His character is an enigma, and captures the need for a higher purpose in life. Though his riches, Gatsby holds parties every Saturday in his house in the hope of filling up the gap that is within him, which is finding Daisy.

As Nick tries to understand Gatsby, he contemplates on the kind of people who attend Gatsby parties. He makes a list and goes over it slowly. He learns that some of these guests barely recognise the host physically, and are not even invited personally by Gatsby. This does not seem to bother Gatsby as he stares sober to the crowd studying them. In the novel Fitzgerald tries to show people who use their wealth in order to achieve happiness through material means.

The values that are depicted in the novel through Gatsby are of an American dream, where people hold rotten perceptions that money, fame, partying, and wealth can get them what they whim for in life. That these things are the only values to live for in life and without them life has no meaning. Gatsby gives his best in throwing the parties, invests his money, and time to complete strangers all in the hope that his unhappiness will be cured by rotten values. Yet in the end, this leads to his demise and eventually to his death.

 

House GatsyWhat is more After Pleasure in the The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

As the novel comes to the end, Nick questions himself whether Jay Gatsby lived a good life. He contemplates about the lives of the people he has been close contact with during this period between 1920 and 1930, and he feels disillusioned. This class of people makes him feel sick, that he does not feel obliged to be associated with them anymore. Fitzgerald attacks the social ideals that manipulate young people’s mind, that by having wealth, fame and riches, there is nothing else to live for in life. These people can perceive nothing else but pleasure. They spend all their lives in rotten vices all in the search for happiness.

Fitzgerald cautions against this kind of thinking, and that is what Jay Gatsby dies at the end of the novel. This is supposed to encourage people to seek for more meaningful and deeper things in life apart from pleasure. Much like in The Beautiful and the Damned, Scott attacks the social perception of people on pleasure and its manifolds. He shows a lifestyle that most people fall into because of social pressure. This eventually leads to their downfall. The lives of young people are capture beautifully in this book, and the author tries to caution them to change their perception towards pleasure, or else they will suffer the consequences.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald shows a society that he was caught up in a decade that nothing else mattered apart from fun, fame, riches and wealth. He captures the American dream that many people fancy to live. The Great Gatsby shows a time when the society was caught up in a frenzy search of the vices in life, which is both terrifying and fascinating to read.

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