The Great Gatsby, by Francis Scott Fitzgerald (I)

I had to read this novel a year ago for a university project. We hadn’t read anything of the author, though his name sounded familiar. It was when I was looking for information about Fitzgerald’s biography that I found interesting things about his life and I realized that he was also the author of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I saw the film in the cinema and when I read this short story, I got really disappointed-they have barely nothing to do, the film is very different  from the original source.

But I would like to write on Fitzgerald’s masterpiece: The Great Gatsby.

Let’s begin with a summary of the plot.

The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author Francis Scott Fitzgerald. First published on April 10, 1925. It is set on Long Island’s North Shore and in New York City during the summer of 1922. It is a critique of the American Dream.

Cover of the first edition, 1925

Isn’t it surprising such a modern cover? Take into account that it was first published in 1925!

The Great Gatsby tells the story of the main character called Jay Gatsby, who is a young millionaire that appears on Long Island in 1922. Nobody knows how he got such a fortune so there are all kinds of rumors – he was a German spy, he killed a man or he dealt in alcohol during the Dry Law.

Gatsby organizes a lot of parties inviting people he doesn’t really know but he is actually a lonely and sad man whose unique ambition it to take the girl he loves back-Daisy. But she’s now married with millionaire Tom Buchanan and they also have a daughter. Daisy is bored of her own life and when she gets to see Gatsby again, they have an affair. Tom has a lover too, Myrtle, who is George Wilson’s wife –the owner of the petrol station in Long Island.

The narrator is Nick Carraway, a young man that works at Wall Street. He’s Daisy’s cousin. He realizes that the rich are artificial and careless people and shows their frivolity throughout the novel.

Tom finally finds out the love story between his wife and Gatsby and the quarrel begins when they are at a hotel. Gatsby retorts that the reason Daisy married Tom was because he (Gatsby) was too poor to marry Daisy. Tom visibly loses composure and reveals that Gatsby is a bootlegger. Gatsby tries to defend himself to Daisy. However, with the situation between Tom and Gatsby tense, Daisy runs out of the hotel, with Gatsby following her, to Gatsby’s car, where she insists on driving home as it will calm her nerves. On the way home Daisy accidentally runs Myrtle over and kills her.

This is Tom’s best opportunity to get rid of Gatsby – he tells George Wilson that Gatsby was the one who killed Myrtle. Wilson believes him and murders Gatsby with a gunshot and finally killed himself.

Only Nick and Gatsby’s father show up at Gatsby’s funeral.

A sad ending that leaves you a nasty taste in your mouth.

 

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