Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a universal and timeless literary
masterpiece. Fitzgerald writes the novel during his time, about his time, and
showing the bitter deterioration of his time. A combination of the 1920s high
society lifestyle and the desperate attempts to reach its illusionary goals
through wealth and power creates the essence behind The Great Gatsby. Nick

Carraway, the narrator, moves to a quaint neighborhood outside of New York City
called West Egg; his distant cousin and his former colleague, Daisy and Tom,
live in a physically identical district across the bay called East Egg. The
affluent couple quickly exposes Nick to the corrupting effect of wealth and
materialism. He often serves as a sophisticated observer at several fashionable
parties, yet he remains uninvolved in the hedonistic lifestyle. Jay Gatsby, the
man who gives his name to the book, lives in an extraordinary estate adjacent to

Nick, where he incessantly welcomes guests to sumptuous parties. Nick develops a
fixation and a selfless devotion to Gatsby. Gatsby is a dreamer, absorbed by the
past, and Nick reluctantly aids him in attempts to fulfill his ideal. The
impractical illusions, in the end, destroy Gatsby and lead Nick to see the
ultimate manifestation of corrupt American society. In The Great Gatsby, greed
and corruption centralize the theme. Fitzgerald uses the contemporary public as
a core of life for his characters. Gatsby’s intent to win a love from his past
by the display of lavish possessions results in annihilation. He was doomed from
the beginning by his avaricious wishful thinking. Gatsby’s approach to attain
his goal was encumbered by immoral manners. The way he made money, tried to find
love, and lived his life were all completely selfless, yet unjust. His
bootlegging business earned him millions but also repelled everyone from his
funeral. The countless years Gatsby worked to earn his fortune to win back his
beloved abruptly ended with a decisive close. And the lavish parties with
caterers, bartenders, and orchestras never drew his "golden girl" to the
scene. The characters of The Great Gatsby are in constant search of their own
identities—a second theme. They think that the only ingredient to happiness is
wealth and possession. At the beginning of the novel, certain images of the
characters are embedded in the reader’s mind, but as each one approaches a
goal, he or she becomes more absorbed in desire and shows a shocking change in
temperament. When Nick went to Tom and Daisy’s house for dinner one evening at
the beginning of the novel, Daisy attempted to make plans with Nick. She said,

"What’ll we plan? What do people plan? (p.25)." She acts naïve and
innocent with no sense of independence. Contradicting this episode, she kills a
woman in a car accident and goes home to, literally, eat cold chicken. She is in
constant dispute with herself; she truly has no idea of what to do, and her
husband, Tom, has the same dilemma. Tom believes that his exterior belongings
make him the "brute of a man (p.25)" Daisy says he is. After Tom read the
book The Rise of the Coloured Empires, he became violently angered by the threat
of another race submerging the whites. This shows that even though Tom felt
superior, he had inner self-doubt that he could be defeated which caused him to
react with rage. Both Tom and Daisy eventually discover the shameful history
they have so carefully amassed yet are still unable to overcome their deceit and
allow themselves to retreat back into their money and vast carelessness. A
corrupting effect of wealth can easily be found among both the established rich
people of East Egg and the newly rich residents of West Egg. The people of East

Egg, such as Tom and Daisy Buchanan, have developed in a world of money and hold
an empty future of purposelessness encompassed by assets. On the other hand, the
inhabitants of West Egg have worked their way up into the world of fortune, many
dishonestly, but still hold the vulgarity they garner from their origin. The
events that take place in East Egg promote conservatism and power; they are
moderately low-key and quiet. Parties and lack of refinement, on the contrary,
consume West Egg. When the plot is occurring in West Egg, the story is generally
fast-paced; when the plot is occurring in East Egg, the tempo slows. The Great

Gatsby takes place in the decade of the "Roarin’ Twenties". Fitzgerald
splendidly incorporates the truth behind the 1920s into his writing. Looking
back upon the decade, a spirited vision of