Scott Fitzgerald Many years ago—okay, decades—I was forced in school to read F. Why they assign books like that to kids, even high-schoolers, is beyond me. Then those brain cells died.
His family owns a successful wholesale hardware business, but Nick, longing for the grandeur and tumult of city life, moves to New York to become a bond man.
He rents a cheap little house in West Egg, the less fashionable version of East Egg, Long Island, and lives there among the nouveau riche or new money.
Following this first dinner, Nick attends a series of parties with the Buchanans and their close friend, Jordan Baker, whom Nick casually dates throughout the summer. Their first stop is to a small party in the City where Nick meets Mrs.
This party seems both quick and interminable and sets the stage for the other parties in the novel, which grow bigger, grander, and more absurd with time. This is the Jazz Age, a period characterized by jazz music, sexual freedom, and excessive alcohol consumption, and a nationwide ban on liquor instituted during the Prohibition Era has made serving and bootlegging liquor all the more thrilling.
Nick quickly gets swept up in the revelry and becomes fascinated with his neighbor, the titular Jay Gatsby, who hosts lavish parties at his estate in West Egg.
If not for the fact that he was poor and had no connections and no future that Daisy could see, the two of them might have gotten married.
Instead, Daisy married Tom, and Gatsby went about amassing a fortune to try to win her back.
His lavish parties are all part of an elaborate plan to seduce Daisy away from her husband and reignite their relationship. In the end, his plan almost succeeds. Tom confronts Daisy and Gatsby about the affair on a broiling hot day when the five of them Nick and Jordan included drive into the City and spend the afternoon drinking in a hotel.
In his characteristic fashion, Tom berates Daisy into admitting that she loved him, and then calls Gatsby a bootlegger and a fool, all the while laughing at his flashy pink suit.
Seeing this, Nick understands how a young Jimmy Gatz could be taken in by a dream of wealth and status. It was this desire that led him in his youth to row up beside a yacht and convince its owner, a man by the name of Dan Cody, to give him a job.
Jay Gatsby was born then, well before he met Daisy, and was driven by his ambition until the day of his death. Gatsby and Daisy almost marry, then break up.
Daisy marries Tom Buchanan. Tom starts cheating on Daisy. Nick comes back from the war. Nick moves to West Egg, Long Island to become a bond man. Nick returns to the Midwest.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Home / Literature / The Great Gatsby / Analysis / Most good stories start with a fundamental list of ingredients: the initial situation, conflict, complication, climax, suspense, denouement, and conclusion.
Great writers sometimes shake up the recipe and add some spice. Exposition. The Great Gatsby - Creating suspense The Great Gatsby is a classic novel about a new money business man named Jay Gatsby falling in love with a young woman in the jazz era of the 20s. the story takes place in first person of the cousin of Gatsby's love: Nick.
But here's the thing. As you fellow mommies know, spare time in the day to actually find to read a book can be hard to come by so I don't have the time or patience to "get into a book." It has to grab me from the first chapter and be so good it becomes one of those books you can't put down.
What Happens in The Great Gatsby? Midwest native Nick Carraway moves to New York to become a bond man. Nick's next door neighbor is the enigmatic Jay Gatsby, a bootlegger who once had an affair.
The Great Gatsby Setting Introduction Objective To identify and establish the time, place and mood of the events of the story. However, the reader is not formally introduced to Gatsby. This adds suspense to the novel as the reader does not truly know whom he is.
Imitative Sentence Imitative Sentence Quotation. All the deaths in The Great Gatsby occur in the last few chapters of the novel. First, in chapter seven, Myrtle, Tom's married lover, gets hit by Daisy, who is driving Gatsby's yellow sports car.