Characterizing Gatsby Analytical Essay by asiannerd

Characterizing Gatsby
A literary analysis of F. Scott Fitzgerald's main protagonist, Jay Gatsby from his novel "The Great Gatsby".
# 64739 | 997 words | 0 sources | 2005 | CA
Published on Apr 04, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper analyses F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and in particular, looks at Jay Gatsby, the title character and protagonist of the novel. It looks at how he is a fabulously wealthy young man who lives in a great mansion in West Egg and how he is famous for the lavish parties he throws every Saturday night, but no one knows where he came from, what he does, or how he made his fortune. It discusses how although Gatsby is a deeply flawed, dishonest and vulgar man; his optimism and power to transform his dreams into reality make him 'great' nonetheless.

From the Paper:

"F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a consummate summary of the 'roaring twenties' and is an expose of the 'Jazz Age'. Through the narration of Nick Carraway, the reader is taken into the superficially glittering world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore of the American seaboard in the 1920s, to encounter Nick's cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband, Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and the dark mystery which surrounds him."

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