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The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Key Facts. Setting: Summer of 1922 on Long Island and in New York City Point of view: First and Third person Narrator: Nick Carraway Protagonists: Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby

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The great gatsby

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald


Key facts

Key Facts

  • Setting: Summer of 1922 on Long Island and in New York City

  • Point of view: First and Third person

  • Narrator: Nick Carraway

  • Protagonists: Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby

  • Major conflict: Gatsby attempts to regain the love of Daisy by dazzling her with his great wealth that was amassed illegally

  • Rising action: Series of events that lead up to Gatsby reuniting with Daisy

  • Falling action: ??? To be filled in later….I don’t want to spoil the ending.

  • Climax: To be filled in later….I don’t want to spoil the ending.

  • Themes:

    • 1. The Decline of the American Dream

    • 2. The Spirit of the 1920s

    • 3. The difference between the social classes

    • 4. The role of symbols in the human conception of meaning

    • The role of the past in dreams of the future (provided by Spark Notes)

  • Symbols: Colors, East/West Egg, The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, The valley of ashes

  • Motifs: (To be covered as novel is read. Please leave space open in your notes.)


Major characters

Major characters

  • Daisy Buchanan (Cousin of Nick): Married to Tom Buchanan

    • Promised to wait for James Gatz (AKA Jay Gatsby) before he was shipped to Europe in WWI.

    • Emotionally could not keep her promise as she felt a need to be loved and courted

    • Married Tom Buchanan, a wealthy, egotistical , self-absorbed man of questionable morals.

    • Lives across the water from Jay and from Nick in the more fashionable district of East Egg on Long Island

  • Tom Buchanan : Married to Daisy Buchanan

    • Wealthy, egotistical Yale man (like Nick)

    • Arrogant, hypocritical, violent, adulterer

    • Racist, sexist, believer in the superiority of the white race

  • Jordan Baker: friend of Daisy Buchanan

    • Wealthy, competitive golfer.

    • Lives with her great-aunt

    • Liar/cheat to get ahead in golf or to cover up mistakes

    • Love interest of Nick Carraway

  • Narrator: Nick Carraway (Cousin of Daisy Buchanan)

    • Home is Minnesota, studied at Yale, fought in WWI

    • Goes to New York to learn the bond business

    • Non-judgmental, extremely honest, sincere

    • A good listener

    • Next door neighbor and friend to Jay Gatsby at West Egg

  • Protagonist: Jay Gatsby (in love with Daisy Buchanan)

    • Mysterious, absurdly wealthy young man

    • Neighbor of Nick Carraway

    • Famous for extravagant parties

    • Guests are the wealthy: old rich (East Egg) and new rich (West Egg), famous celebrities and their managers, great athletes, and those who want to be seen

    • Wealth achieved through “ill-gotten” gain

    • Extreme optimist

    • Developed/lived a five year plan to get Daisy

    • Believes her to be more worthy, wonderful than she really is


More characters

More characters

  • Owl Eyes: very minor character

    • Great reader who is a guest at one of Gatsby’s luxurious parties

    • Enamored by Gatsby’s library

  • Klipspringer: very minor character

    • A free loader who frequently spends the night at Gatsby’s mansion.

    • No honorable characteristics

    • Very shallow character of no redeeming value

  • Myrtle Wilson (Tom’s lover)

    • Married to George Wilson (garage/gas station owner)

    • Big, sensuous woman who openly flaunts her affair in New York (George does not know) where she and Tom have a “love nest”

    • Tom gives her everything she wants as long as he is physically satisfied

    • Causes Daisy grief by phoning for Tom at home during the dinner hour

  • George Wilson: faithful, non-motivated husband of Myrtle

    • Minor character that plays an important role

    • garage/gas station owner across from the industrial ash dump

    • Idolizes Myrtle

    • Has no vision about his future

    • Lived above the garage for eleven years


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