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English Literature - IB DP

Introduction

"The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925. The novel, beautifully spare in its prose style, is famous for capturing the mood of the 1920s, especially the moral vacuity of a postwar society America obsessed with wealth and status. Although hardly a success upon its release, the novel is considered an American classic today, and many of the story have been made for stage, film, radio, and television.

The narrator, Nick Carraway, is a young Yale graduate who works as a bond broker in Manhattan. He rents a house at West Egg on Long Island across the water from his cousin, Daisy. His neighbour there is the enigmatic Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire from the Midwest who lives the high life from the profits of his minor criminal activities. Gatsby’s infamous parties are attended by many guests who do not know their host. Nick becomes cynically fascinated and transfixed by Gatsby, and their friendship nurtures many confidences. Carraway learns that Gatsby and Daisy had been in love, but that Daisy had not waited for him to return from the war and had married another. Nick arranges a meeting between the two, and Daisy finds herself impressed by the change in Gatsby’s fortunes. Daisy’s husband Tom, himself already involved in an affair with the garage-owner’s wife Myrtle, becomes jealous of Gatsby’s attentions to his wife. Then Myrtle is killed in an accident, and Tom tells Myrtle’s husband that Gatsby is responsible. Through it all, Nick watches as Gatsby is betrayed by his own dreams, which have been nurtured by a meretricious society."

Cregan-Reid, Vybarr "The Great Gatsby." Encyclopaedia Brinanica, 2017, www.britannica.com/topic/The-Great-Gatsby.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

"F. Scott Fitzgerald, in full Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (born September 24, 1896, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.—died December 21, 1940, Hollywood, California), American short-story writer and novelist famous for his depictions of the Jazz Age (the 1920s), his most brilliant novel being The Great Gatsby (1925)." 

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Mitzener, Arthur. "F. Scott Fitzgerald." Encyclopaedia Brinanica, 2017, https://www.britannica.com/biography/F-Scott-Fitzgerald/-Gatsby.

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