As the story opens, Nick has just moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune as a bond salesman. Shortly after his arrival, Nick travels across the Sound to the more fashionable East Egg to visit his cousin Daisy Buchanan and her husband, Tom, a hulking, imposing man whom Nick had known in college. There he meets professional golfer Jordan Baker. The Buchanans and Jordan Baker live privileged lives, contrasting sharply in sensibility and luxury with Nick's more modest and grounded lifestyle.
Chapter 4 Themes and Colors Key LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Great Gatsby, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Nick eventually receives an invitation. At the party, he feels out of place, and notes that the party is filled with people who haven't been invited and who appear "agonizingly" aware of the "easy money" surrounding them.
The main topic of conversation is rumors about Gatsby. Nick hears from various people that Gatsby is a German spy, an Oxford graduate, and someone even claims Gatsby once killed a man.
People used Gatsby for his extravagant parties: Gatsby continues to be a man who barely seems to exist beyond the rumors about him. Nick's feelings of discomfort at the party shows that he senses the emptiness behind the party.
Active Themes Nick runs into Jordan Baker at the party. While spending time with her, he observes all the amazing luxuries of the party: The party's incredible luxury seems to be the fulfillment of the American Dream. Active Themes Nick and Jordan decide to find their mysterious host, and wander into Gatsby's library.
There they meet a short, somewhat drunk man who wears owl-like glasses and whom Nick refers to as Owl-Eyes. Owl Eyes is amazed by Gatsby's books: The shallowness of the Roaring Twenties: The books contain "realism" but are just for show.
Active Themes Later, as Nick and Jordan sit outside watching the party, Nick strikes up a conversation with the man sitting next to him. The man thinks Nick looks familiar. They realize they may have crossed paths during World War I.
The man introduces himself: Gatsby has a dazzling smile, and refers to everyone as "old sport.
Nick and Gatsby connect because they share a common past: Gatsby also interests Nick because he remains apart from the party, as if his pleasure derives from observing the spectacle, not participating in it. Gatsby's distance suggests he has goals other than just fun and money.
Active Themes At almost two in the morning, a butler approaches Jordan and asks her to come meet with Gatsby. She returns a while later from this meeting and tells Nick that she has just heard a story that is "the most amazing thing.
Suddenly he has a story, a past, though Nick doesn't know what it is. Active Themes After saying goodbye to Gatsby who has to run off to receive a phone call from PhiladelphiaNick leaves the party.
As he walks home, he sees a crowd gathered around an automobile accident. The drunken Owl Eyes has driven his car into a ditch and is trying to get it out.
After very little effort, Owl Eyes gives up and walks away, leaving the car where it is. The crash is symbolic in two ways.
It represents the reckless disregard of the Roaring Twenties and the inevitable plunge Fitzgerald sensed would end the boom. It also foreshadows a car accident later in the novel. Active Themes Nick then describes his everyday life that summer to the reader: He works each day in the city, has a brief relationship with a woman from New Jersey, and then begins to date Jordan Baker.
Yet though he's attracted to Jordan, he doesn't like her because she's dishonest and even cheats at golf. Nick then says that he is one of the only honest people he's ever known.
Nick isn't comfortable with the carefree Roaring Twenties mentality of easy money and loose morals shared by other characters in the novel, including Jordan.The Great Gatsby, F.
Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age novel about the impossibility of recapturing the past, was initially a failure. Today, the story of Gatsby’s doomed love for the unattainable Daisy is considered a defining novel of the 20th century.
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The Great Gatsby is a novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former .
The Great Gatsby is probably F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest novel--a book that offers damning and insightful views of the American nouveau riche in the s. The Great Gatsby is an American classic and a wonderfully evocative work. Like much of Fitzgerald's prose, it is neat and well--crafted.
The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carraway, who was once Gatsby's neighbor, and he tells the story sometime after , when the incidents that fill the book take place. As the story opens, Nick has just moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune as a bond salesman. The Great Gatsby Homework Help Questions. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, who is the villian? In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, I find that Tom and Daisy are the villains. Short Summary of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald Posted by Nicole Smith, Dec 6, Fiction Comments Closed Print The Great Gatsby is the story of eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby as told by Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who lives on Long Island but works in Manhattan.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby follows Jay Gatsby, a man who orders his life around one desire: to be reunited with Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier. Gatsby's quest leads him from poverty to wealth, into the arms of his beloved, and eventually to death.