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The great gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920's. F. Scott Fitzgerald was born into an Irish Catholic house hold. He was born in the 1890's in Minnesota in the US. He became a great author of many books (such as The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage, The Romantic Egoist, This Side Of Paradise, etc.). His first literature was published in the school paper when he was thirteen years old. Many of F. Scott Fitzgerald novels and short stories are said to reflect on his own life. F. Scott Fitzgerald used his wife, Zeldas, mental breakdowns and their overall dysfunctional relationship in his writings. Zelda was in and out of clinics. She eventually moved back in with her mother. F. Scott Fitzgerald died of a second heart attack in 1940. Zelda lived on for eight more years and later died in a fire at a hospital in North Carolina. One of the famous books written F.Scott Fitzgerald, was The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby, by F.Scott Fitzgerald, represents 'the American Dream" of hard work, a persons hard work to achieve the goal of wealth and property. This American dream of 1920's is overshadowed by the morel decay of the values once held high, the unprecedented gain of material excess. ...read more.

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Jay is convinced that Daisy is now in love with him, and is willing to do anything for her. Tom Buchanan is a man that has no dream. Tom Buchanan is Daisy's husband. Tom is a very wealthy man, but has inherited it all and does not work. He sits around, and plays polo and collects cars. The rest of his time he spends having an affair. Tom does not try to keep this affair a big secret; she even calls him at home. It doesn't matter to Tom if anyone knows or not. Because of his money, he has become an arrogant, unkind man. He doesn't worry about anyone else's feeling than his own. He doesn't care about Daisy or he wouldn't have an affair. He doesn't care about the woman he is having an affair with because once he broke her nose for saying something he didn't like. Tom's lack of a dream made his life meaningless. Tom had everything he could every want right from the beginning. He had nothing to work for. This made Tom's life pointless. Life is all about the working toward a dream. His wealth corrupted him and he had no compassion for what he had done. ...read more.

Conclusion

The new plotline reflects Tom's and Gatsby's assessment, the dream of regaining the love of Daisy is destroyed by their difference in social statuses. Crime is being done to make enough money to impress Daisy, and the appetite for material things that show her lifestyle. The novel ends with Daisy pulling Myrtle in an auto accident, Gatsby helping the blame, showing his love for Daisy. Myrtle's husband, George Wilson shoots Gatsby before committing suicide. Wilson then kills himself. Nick, Owl eyes and Gatsby father, are the only people to attend Gatsby' funeral. The American Dream can mean different things to different people. Some people look for love, some for money, others for fame, or maybe something different. Their success comes in how and if they reach these goals. Some people have everything they think they want, but their lives are miserable. They have nothing to dream about, but dreaming is what makes life worth living. The American Dream can't be based on possessions; there has to be more to it than that. The American Dream can't be put in one sentence, because it means something different to everyone. Jay worked hard but never reached his goal. Tom never had a dream to try to fulfill and that made his life miserable. Daisy had a dream, and could have reached out and grabbed it, but was to afraid to. ...read more.

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