The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Kaitlyn Veal
Pre AP Honors English 10
18 Decemeber 2014

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald 's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby is a tragic love story, a mystery, and a social commentary on American life. The Great Gatsby is about the lives of four wealthy characters observed by the narrator, Nick Carroway. Throughout the novel a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby throws immaculate parties every Saturday night in hope to impress his lost lover, Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby lives in a mansion on West Egg across from Daisy who lives in East Egg. From the law of Gatsby 's mansion, he can see the green light glowing on her dock, which becomes a symbol in the novel of an unreachable treasure. Even though Daisy is a married woman, Gatsby sets out to win her back. A profound indictment of class and privilege, The Great Gatsby explores the conflict between decency and self indulgence. In the conclusion, the characters collide, leaving human wreckage in their wake.

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1896. His father, Edward, was from Maryland, with an allegiance to the Old South and its values. Fitzgerald’s mother, Mollie, was the daughter of an Irish immigrant who became wealthy as a wholesale grocer in St. Paul. Edward Fitzgerald failed as a manufacturer of wicker furniture in St. Paul, and he became a salesman for Procter & Gamble in upstate New York. After he was fired from his job in 1908, Fitzgerald was twelve so the family
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