Essay on The Great Gatsby Research Report

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I. Introduction

In 1896 F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. After growing up in Minnesota he moved to start a career and marry Zelda, the girl he loved. He published his first novel, This Side of Paradise, in 1920; the novel was a success and Fitzgerald quickly became one of the most famous young writers of the time. “F. Scott Fitzgerald eagerly embraced his newly minted celebrity status and embarked on an extravagant lifestyle that earned him a reputation as a playboy and hindered his reputation as a serious literary writer”(F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography 2). The parties thrown by Jay in The Great Gatsby reflect Fitzgerald’s extravagant lifestyle. Excessive amounts of drinking, large crowds, parties lasting long
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Myrtle is an arrogant, plump woman that secretly visits with Tom without letting her husband George know. George Wilson owns a car repair shop in the Valley of Ashes. He is friends with Tom Buchanan and obliviously allows his wife to see Tom when they go into New York City. Jay Gatsby lives across the bay from the Buchanan’s on the West Egg. Many stories surround his life and past, and the stories are all elaborate and unbelievable. Gatsby is an ambitious but lonely man, living alone in his large mansion. Jordan Baker is a friend of Gatsby and the Buchanan’s. She golfs professionally and acts much more seriously than her friend Daisy.
III. Themes The American Dream plays a large role in how characters in The Great Gatsby go about their lives. During the 1920’s, the promise of a wealthy and carefree life in America tempted everyone. Very few actually lived the American Dream, but those living on the West and East Eggs were some of them. “The American dream comes true for just 1%: for the other 99%, only discontent and bitterness await, resentment on a mass scale”(Churchwell). The frequent parties and thoughtless behavior that happened at Gatsby’s mansion illustrated what living the American Dream was really like. In The Great Gatsby every character lives based off of some form of hope- whether that is financial success or marrying the girls of their dreams. The hopes that motivate these characters are often out
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