F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote an outstanding novel named The Great Gatsby that was first published in 1925. The author skilfully describes the life of American post-war society and the time also known as Jazz Age. This novel is some kind of bridge between World War I and the Great Depression of the early 1930's. The Great Gatsby is an amazing story of Jay Gatsby's search for Daisy Buchanan shows and critiques Gatsby's particular vision of the lifestyle of people of the time. At first, you can think that this is a story of love between a man and a woman. However, the keynote of this story is much deeper.
The author shows us young people between the ages of 20 and 30. During the whole story, Nick who is the narrator finds himself surrounded by lavish mansions, fancy cars, and an endless supply of material possessions. The novel is set in summer of 1922, in Long Island, New York. This area and this time is a symbol of America in that period of time. Fitzgerald skillfully shows us the disintegration of the American dream in an era of unprecedented prosperity. The author describes the 1920s as the era of decayed social and moral values. He shows it through describing overarching cynicism, greed, and empty pursuit of pleasure of people in his novel. Fitzgerald shows his characters as symbols of the time.
There is some mess at the end of the novel that includes the literal and figurative death of the main character, Jay Gatsby. Surely, his murder by George Wilson evokes sympathy, but the real tragedy is in the destruction of an ultimate American idealist. Gatsby and his idealism is a great example of what Fitzgerald saw as the basis for the American Character. Gatsby strongly believes in the American Dream of self-made success. He succeeded both financially and socially. However, Jay Gatsby doesn’t see a happy future for himself without Daisy Buchanan. He tries to obtain that which is unattainable, at least to the degree, which he desires. However, Gatsby continues to fight with reality until his American Dream are either reached or, in his case, inaccessible. When his dream crashes down, all that is left for Gatsby to do is die.
So this is a brilliant novel that gives us an opportunity to see the life in the 1920s and to understand values and wishes of people of this time. We can also see a personal tragedy of Jay Gatsby who reached success but because of obstacles he loses the love of his life and then is killed by George Wilson
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote an outstanding novel named The Great Gatsby that was first published in 1925. The author skilfully describes the life of American post-war society and the time also known as Jazz Age. This novel is some kind of bridge between World War I and the Great Depression of the early 1930's.