Let’s Read: The Great Gatsby

Destiny Harvel, Feature Reporter

The Great Gatsby is one of the most well known classic books, written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The books is written in the point of view of Nick Carraway, Gatsby’s former neighbor. The story is set in the 1920’s and tells the story of Jay Gatsby, who lives in a mansion and has extravagant parties every Saturday night.

Carraway, originally from Minnesota, moves to the West Egg district of Long Island, New York for business. This is a neighborhood for those who have recently become wealthy and like to show it through tacky displays.

Carraway’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan, is the main love interest of the story. She is married to Tom who also happens to have a secret love affair with a woman named Myrtle Wilson, who lives in an area between West Egg and New York City.

Eventually Carraway get invited to one of Gatsby’s famous parties and Gatsby meets a woman named Jordan Baker, a friend of Daisy’s that Carraway ends up having a relationship with in the book.

I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited—they went there. ”

— Nick Carraway

Jordan becomes the link for Carraway to learn more about the mysterious Jay Gatsby. Gatsby becomes close to Jordan and tells her that he knew Daisy when she lived in Louisville, Kentucky and he fell deeply in love with her. Now, he spends his nights staring at her from across her dock and that all of his extravagances are an act to impress her.

Nick is able to get them to meet again, par Gatsby’s request, and their love begins again with an affair hidden from her husband Tom. While he becomes more and more suspicious of Daisy’s “friendship” with Gatsby, he soon realizes the feelings that he has for her.

Despite being involved in his own love affair, Tom is extremely upset that Daisy would do the same to him.

Soon later he has the group take a trip to a hotel in New York City and accuses Gatsby of these actions, along with others, turning Daisy against him. Tom then sends Gatsby and Daisy back home together, no longer worried about the previous relationship between the two.

The ending of the story brings many sudden deaths and Carraway makes a decision that he feels will benefit himself and reflects on the moral of what ended up happening.

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