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The Great Gatsby Summary

The Great Gatsby Summary

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Published by Dylan Cruz
Short summary on the novel "The Great Gatsby".
Short summary on the novel "The Great Gatsby".

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Published by: Dylan Cruz on Feb 11, 2012
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Dylan Cruz 8/27/10

English The Great Gatsby Response

The Great Gatsby was not as interesting as The Catcher in the Rye, but it was still an overall good book. In this book there were two main characters, Gatsby and Nick. Gatsby is a very wealthy man. He throws large parties where people just come unannounced. However, he achieved this goal by participating in organized crime, including the distribution of illegal alcohol and trading in stolen securities. Although Gatsby has always wanted to be rich, his main motivation in attaining his fortune was his love for Daisy Buchanan, whom he met as a young military officer in Louisville before leaving to fight in World War I. Nick is a Midwesterner who buys a house in West Egg and sells bonds on Wall Street in New York City. Nick is also Daisy s cousin, which allows him to observe and assist the love affair between Daisy and Gatsby. Gatsby comes to trust him and treat him as a confidant. A symbol in The Great Gatsby is the green light at the end of Daisy s dock. The light represents Gatsby s hopes and dreams for the future. He reaches towards it in the darkness as a guiding light to lead him to his goal. Another symbol in The Great Gatsby was the Valley of Ashes. The Valley of Ashes is described as a long stretch of land created by the dumping of industrial ashes. It represents the decay that results from the unsuppressed pursuit of wealth, as the rich indulge themselves with regard for nothing but their own pleasure. The Great Gatsby is an American classic because of Gatsby's image as a self made man. He was able to live the American dream, starting off with nothing and being able to work your way up to financial success.

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