Additionally, there is another subplot revolving around the triangle of Myrtle, Wilson, and Tom. Much of the story is also told as flashbacks, so the chronological order of the plot is constantly interrupted.
Historical context[ edit ] Set on the prosperous Long Island ofThe Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its fictional narrative. Today, there are a number of theories as to which mansion was the inspiration for the book.
Fitzgerald is also similar to Jay Gatsby in that he fell in love while stationed far from home in the military and fell into a life of decadence trying to prove himself to the girl he loved. Fitzgerald became a second lieutenant and was stationed at Camp Sheridan in Montgomery, Alabama. There he met and fell in love with a wild seventeen-year-old beauty named Zelda Sayre.
Zelda finally agreed to marry him, but her preference for wealth, fun, and leisure led her to delay their wedding until he could prove a success. Like Gatsby, Fitzgerald was driven by his love for a woman who symbolized everything he wanted, even as she led him toward everything he despised. He rents a small house on Long Islandin the fictional village of West Egg, next door to the lavish mansion of Jay Gatsbya mysterious multi-millionaire who holds extravagant parties but does not participate in them.
They introduce Nick to Jordan Baker, an attractive, cynical young golfer. She reveals to Nick that Tom has a mistressMyrtle Wilson, who lives in the " valley of ashes ",  an industrial dumping ground between West Egg and New York City.
Not long after this revelation, Nick travels to New York City with Tom and Myrtle to an apartment that Tom uses like a hotel room for Myrtle, as well as other women whom he also sleeps with.
Nick encounters Jordan Baker at the party and they meet Gatsby himself, an aloof and surprisingly young man who recognizes Nick from their same division in the Great War. From their brief meetings and casual encounters at that time, Gatsby became and still is deeply in love with Daisy.
Gatsby had hoped that his wild parties would attract an unsuspecting Daisy, who lived across the bay, to appear at his doorstep and allow him to present himself as a man of wealth and position.
Having developed a budding friendship with Nick, Gatsby uses him to arrange a reunion between himself and Daisy. Nick invites Daisy to have tea at his house without telling her that Gatsby will also be there.
After an initially awkward reunion, Gatsby and Daisy begin an affair over the summer. He forces the group to drive into New York City and confronts Gatsby in a suite at the Plaza Hotelasserting that he and Daisy have a history that Gatsby could never understand.
In addition to that, he announces to his wife that Gatsby is a criminal whose fortune comes from bootlegging alcohol and other illegal activities.
Daisy decides to stay with Tom, and Tom contemptuously sends her back to East Egg with Gatsby, attempting to prove that Gatsby cannot hurt her. Nick later learns from Gatsby that Daisy, not Gatsby himself, was driving the car at the time of the accident.
Disillusioned with the East, Nick moves back to the Midwest. He also serves as the first-person narrator of the novel. He is easy-going, occasionally sarcastic, and somewhat optimistic, although this latter quality fades as the novel progresses.
Daisy once had a romantic relationship with Gatsby, before she married Tom. Her choice between Gatsby and Tom is one of the central conflicts in the novel. Tom is an imposing man of muscular build with a "husky tenor" voice and arrogant demeanor.
He is a former football star at Yale University. Buchanan and Mitchell were both Chicagoans with an interest in polo. She has a slightly shady reputation amongst the New York social elite, due to her habit of being evasive and untruthful with her friends and lovers.
She established herself as a professional golfer in a predominantly male sport. With great success came criticism as she faced a scandal of cheating, which harmed her reputation as a golfer.
At the end of the novel, he kills Gatsby, wrongly believing he had been driving the car that killed Myrtle, and then kills himself. Myrtle, who possesses a fierce vitality, is desperate to find refuge from her complacent marriage.
The town was used as the scene of The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald wrote in his ledger, "Out of woods at last and starting novel.
A little-known artist named Francis Cugat was commissioned to illustrate the book while Fitzgerald was in the midst of writing it. They look out of no face, but instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a non-existent nose.
Trimalchio in West Egg"  but was eventually persuaded that the reference was too obscure and that people would not be able to pronounce it. On March 19, Fitzgerald expressed intense enthusiasm for the title Under the Red, White and Blue, but it was at that stage too late to change.Most were thrown off by its three-part structure and many felt that Fitzgerald had not lived up to their expectations.
be buried in the family plot in the Catholic Saint Mary's Cemetery in Rockville, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: A Literary Reference, New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, ISBN.
Hold on to your hats, Shmoopsters, because once you ride the Fitzgerald train, there's no stopping. You'll be hurtling through this plot faster than you can say "T.J. Eckleburg." It seems to us that F. Scott Fitzgerald loves winding sentences that begin with one idea, person, or location and end up.
The Great Gatsby Plot Structure Exposition Rising Action "Well, first Daisy turned away from the woman toward the other car and then she lost her nerve and turned back. The second my hand reached the wheel I felt Fitzgerald, F.
Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, Book. The Great Gatsby is a novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West and East Egg .
Gatsby asks to speak to Jordan alone, and, through Jordan, Nick later learns more about his mysterious neighbor. Gatsby tells Jordan that he knew Daisy in Louisville in and is deeply in love with her. He spends many nights staring at the green light at the end of her dock, across the bay from his mansion.
May 09, · plot structure analysis - author's style and tone The Great Gatsby, considered by many critics to be one of the most well written and tightly structured novels in American literature, is an extremely complex story about a totally interesting character, an absolute dreamer named Jay Gatsby.