Historical context[ edit ] Set on the prosperous Long Island ofThe Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its fictional narrative. Today, there are a number of theories as to which mansion was the inspiration for the book. Fitzgerald is also similar to Jay Gatsby in that he fell in love while stationed far from home in the military and fell into a life of decadence trying to prove himself to the girl he loved.
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It is only in the case of this novel that that statement can be applied and be true. The novel is set during the roaring 20s in America, narrated by Nick Carraway, a man from a well-to-do family just out of fighting the war and looking to sell bonds. Gatsby is rich, mega-rich, and throws magnificent parties every weekend which the whole town attend.
However the host is never seen during these parties, and is never completely known by any one person. Gatsby holds a dark secret about his past and how he became so great, a deep lust that will eventually lead to his demise.
The Great Gatsby is in many ways similar to Romeo and Juliet, yet I believe that it is so much more than just a love story. It is also a reflection on the hollowness of a life of leisure.
Both stories are obsessed with controlling time: Juliet wants to extend her present, as her future prospects with Romeo are bleak and Gatsby wants to create a beautiful future by restoring the past.
Why, of course you can. The descriptions are jarringly, magnificently beautiful so that it almost made my heart ache. However, unlike in Romeo and Juliet, the characters in The Great Gatsby are in themselves very flawed and very hard to sympathise with.
But that is the beauty of the book. Of course you hate Daisy Buchanan! Of course you hate Tom! You even begin to slightly dislike Gatsby, to whom it is not enough for Daisy to say that she loved him, but requires her to state that she never in her five year marriage loved her husband Tom.
But Gatsby, to me, remains Great right until the end of this book. It is ironic that only the idle rich survive this novel, and Fitzgerald through this further enrages the reader about the cruelty and the injustice of the world.
The rich are allowed to continue to be careless, for that is the dream, is it not? To live a carefree life? Yet Fitzgerald highlights the horrors of being a careless person: And that in itself is a very sad thing. They do not care for their daughter, for Myrtle, for Gatsby nor even each other.
Their inability to care is what makes The Great Gatsby the stark opposite to Romeo and Juliet where the lovers are sacrificed and Verona is healed. Many consider The Great Gatsby to be depressing because, in the end, those who dream do not achieve their aspirations.
Join the site and send us your review!I first read The Great Gatsby in in a college course on native son F. Scott Fitzgerald (college was in Minnesota). My love affair with that novel and This Side of Paradise began then: I was The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald - review 'The Great Gatsby is in many ways similar to Romeo and Juliet yet it is so much more than a love story' ThePinkElephant.
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