Brian Olson OLSON 1
Professor John Hughes
ENC 1102
December 3, 1996

Life, like The great Gatsby

Imagine that you live in the nineteen twenties, and that you are a very wealthy man
that lives by himself in a manchine, on a lake and who throws parties every weekend. This
is just the beginning of how to explain the way Jay Gatsby lived his life. This novel, by F.
Scott, Fitzgerald is one that is very deep in thought. Fitzgerald releases little clues along
the way of the novel that will be crusual to understand the ending. For instance, he
makes the blue coupe a very important clue, as well as the Dr. T. J. Eckleburg eyes on the
billboard that Mr. Wilson (the gas station attendant ) refers to as the eyes of god. There
are also other little things that relate to the reason of gatsby’s death. The main
character’s of this novel each have their part to do with the ending, Nick Caraway is
probably the main character of this novel, as he comes down from New Jersey to new
York to visit his cousin Daisy, who is married to Tom Buchannan. These are some of the
incidents that are included in the novel as you will read further I will relate some issues of
the novel, as well as other critics have included their views on The Great Gatsby.
F. Scott, Fitsgerald was an American short story writer and novelist famous for
his depictions of the Jazz Age(the 1920’s), his most brilliant novel work being The Great
Gatsby(1925). He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on sept. 24, 1896 and died in
Hollywood, California on December 21, 1940. His private life, with his wife, Zelda, in
both America and France, became almost as celebrated as his novels. Fitsgerald was the
only son of an aristocrat father, who was the author of the star spangle banner. Fitzgerald
spent most of time with his wife, latter in their relationship they moved to france where he
began to write his most brilliant novel, The Great Gatsby. All of his divided nature is in
this novel, the native midwestener afir with the possibilities of every Americans dream in
OLSON 2
it’s hero, Jay Gatsby, and the compassionate princeton gentlemen in it’s narrator, Nick
Carraway. The Great Gatsby is the most profoundly American novel of it’s time
(Houghton). Fitzgerald had an intensely romantic imagination, what he once called “a
heightened sensitivity to the promises of life,” and he rushed into experience determined to
realize those promises. Latter on in Fitzgeralds life, he started to drink very heavily and
became very unhappy. In 1930 his wife had a mental breakdown and in 1932 another,
from which she never recovered. With it’s failure and his despair over Zelda, Fitzgerald
was close to becoming an incurable alcoholic. He surpassed becoming an alcoholic
though, and moved out west to become a Hollywood screenwriter were he met his new
wife Sheilah Graham, but he never forgot about Zelda and his daughter Scotti.
(Johnson, 384).
The Great Gatsby is an excellent review on how fitzgerald preceived his life to be,
in the same sense that he also was very wealthy. Gatsby, in this novel is the mistiries
wealthy man that lives in the big house across the lake from Tom and Daisy Buchanann.
There would always be some type of party going on at his house, but for some reason he
never attended to them, he would always watch from his window. Nick Caraway is
Daisy’s cousin who comes to visit, Nick needs a place to stay, so he finds an ad for a
guest cottage that Mr. Jay Gatsby owns. After Nick has moved in Jay and Nick become
pretty close friends. Jordan has always wondered who The Great Gatsby was, so she
uses Nick to find out more about him. As the story goes on, there are some odd things
that Fitsgerald relates to the story as important things. These important things make you
really think about what it means to the story. The Automobile in The Great Gatsby is a
very big topic for the conclution of the story. What we have in The Great Gatsby is a
creative manipulation of the automobile as symbol and image to accomplish a variety of
ends (O’Meara, 74). O’Meara goes on to say that when Fitzgerald accentuates
mechanism and minimizes aesthetics, he depersonalizes vehicles and underscores the
OLSON 3
behavior of their drivers. The existing criticism on automobiles in The Great Gatsby
usually centers on one or the