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. That era, known for widespread economic prosperity, the development of jazz music, flapper culture, new technologies in communication motion pictures, broadcast radio, recorded music forging a genuine mass culture, and bootleggingalong with other criminal activity, is plausibly depicted in Fitzgerald's novel. Fitzgerald uses many of these societal developments of the s to build Gatsby's stories, from many of the simple details like automobiles to broader themes like Fitzgerald's discreet allusions to the organized crime culture which was the source of Gatsby's fortune. Today, there are a number of theories as to which mansion was the inspiration for the book.
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.
Fitzgerald became a second lieutenant and was stationed at Camp Sheridan in Montgomery, Alabama. There he met and fell in love with a wild seventeen-year-old beauty named Zelda Sayre.
Zelda finally agreed to marry him, but her preference for wealth, fun, and leisure led her to delay their wedding until he could prove a success. Like Gatsby, Fitzgerald was driven by his love for a woman who symbolized everything he wanted, even as she led him toward everything he despised.
He rents a small house on Long Islandin the fictional village of West Egg, next door to the lavish mansion of Jay Gatsbya mysterious multi-millionaire who holds extravagant parties but does not participate in them. They introduce Nick to Jordan Baker, an attractive, cynical young golfer.
She reveals to Nick that Tom has a mistressMyrtle Wilson, who lives in the " valley of ashes ",  an industrial dumping ground between West Egg and New York City.
Not long after this revelation, Nick travels to New York City with Tom and Myrtle to an apartment that Tom uses like a hotel room for Myrtle, as well as other women whom he also sleeps with. Nick encounters Jordan Baker at the party and they meet Gatsby himself, an aloof and surprisingly young man who recognizes Nick from their having been in the same division in the Great War.
Through Jordan, Nick later learns that Gatsby knew Daisy through a purely chance meeting in when Daisy and her friends were doing volunteer service work with young officers headed to Europe.
From their brief meetings and casual encounters at that time, Gatsby became and still is deeply in love with Daisy. Gatsby had hoped that his wild parties would attract an unsuspecting Daisy, who lived across the bay, to appear at his doorstep and allow him to present himself as a man of wealth and position.
Having developed a budding friendship with Nick, Gatsby uses him to arrange a reunion between himself and Daisy. Nick invites Daisy to have tea at his house without telling her that Gatsby will also be there.
After an initially awkward reunion, Gatsby and Daisy begin an affair over the summer. He forces the group to drive into New York City and confronts Gatsby in a suite at the Plaza Hotelasserting that he and Daisy have a history that Gatsby could never understand.
In addition to that, he announces to his wife that Gatsby is a criminal whose fortune comes from bootlegging alcohol and other illegal activities. Daisy decides to stay with Tom, and Tom contemptuously sends her back to East Egg with Gatsby, attempting to prove that Gatsby cannot hurt her.
Nick later learns from Gatsby that Daisy, not Gatsby himself, was driving the car at the time of the accident.
Disillusioned with the East, Nick moves back to the Midwest. He also serves as the first-person narrator of the novel. He is easy-going, occasionally sarcastic, and somewhat optimistic, although this latter quality fades as the novel progresses.
Gatsby is said to have briefly studied at Trinity College, Oxford in England after the end of the war. Before she married Tom, Daisy had a romantic relationship with Gatsby. Her choice between Gatsby and Tom is one of the central conflicts in the novel.The Great Gatsby is not based on a true story, and there wasn’t a specific person in F.
Scott Fitzgerald’s life who inspired the character of Jay Gatsby. However, F.
Scott Fitzgerald did live briefly on Long Island (which is the inspiration for East Egg and West Egg) and spent time with New York celebrities. ANALYSIS. The Great Gatsby (). F. Scott Fitzgerald () INTRODUCTION.
The Great Gatsby is first of all a Realist novel of manners in the tradition of Henry James and Edith Wharton, who sought to reveal (1) universal truths of human nature and society through (2) objectivity in. A Great American Character Analysis: Is Gatsby Indeed Great?
F. Scott Fitzgerald's characterization of Jay Gatsby demonstrates the extent to which Gatsby transcends his own lowly roots and.
Despite favorable reviews, the novel sold even more poorly than The Great Gatsby. At the time of his death in , Fitzgerald was working on The Last Tycoon (), a . The Great Gatsby is typically considered F.
Scott Fitzgerald's greatest novel. The Great Gatsby study guide contains a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
The Great Gatsby is not based on a true story, and there wasn’t a specific person in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life who inspired the character of Jay Gatsby.
However, F. Scott Fitzgerald did live briefly on Long Island (which is the inspiration for East Egg and .