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The Great Gatsby Critique / Summary

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The Great Gatsby was a book written in the 1920's by a well-known author named Frances Scott Fitzgerald. He was well know for his previous books such as Tender is the Night and Beautiful and Damned, but The Great Gatsby was considered his greatest work. Seeing as I have read neither of the other books, I cannot, really say for sure. But I can give you my honest opinion on The Great Gatsby. The books starts out in the present with Nick Carraway, the book's narrator, telling you a little bit about the events that happened to him before the events in this book, then he flashes back to the fateful summer when he decided to move to New York to become a bondsman. Nick rents a little cottage in what the book calls the "West Egg". The West Egg is one of two parts of an area in the Long Island sound. The West Egg is inhabited by all the nouveau riche of the city, people who just recently acquired their wealth. The people who have inherited their wealth from the ancestors inhabit the other part, the East Egg. Nick's cottage lies right next a massive mansion where a mysterious man named Gatsby, who throws massive parties every week, lives. When Nick arrives in New York, he meets up with his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom, whom Nick went to school with. There Nick learns that Tom is having an affair with another woman. Nick apparently is the last one to know about this, because it is not a surprise, even to Daisy, when Tom's gets calls from his mistress. Tom later takes Nick to meet Tom's mistress, Myrtle, in Tom's downtown New York City flat. There one of the book's many drunken party scenes takes place, and you learn more about Myrtle and Tom's meeting. After this, a butler shows up at Nick's doorstop with an invitation to one of Jay Gatsby's infamous parties. This is somewhat of an oddity because very rarely does anyone actually get invited to Gatsby's parties, they just sort of show up. Nick show's up at Gatsby's party and witness's the most extravagant display of wealth that he has ever seen. Fresh food is brought in from all over, and entire orchestra is brought in to play the music, and everyone is dancing and having fun without another care in the world. Nick eventually comes into contact with Mr. Gatsby here, their first ever meeting. After this point the book further develops Jay Gatsby's and his reason for doing everything he does. Nick later learns that Mr. Gatsby was Daisy's lover before Jay went to the war, and that Jay is still madly in love with her. Everything, Gatsby's massive house, his massive parties, and his extravagant wastefulness are to impress Daisy. Nick is sort of set up as the matchmaker when Nick is asked to set up a meeting for the two in his...

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