October 26, 2021

Literature Journal

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Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby

Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is a typical piece of the jazz age. Its plot is a mixture of love drama and detective story with fashionable districts of New York as scenery.

The protagonist and narrator Nick Carraway moves to the Midwest. He recalls his father’s words that you should never judge people who do not have the same capabilities as yourself. And plunges into the depths of the past …

In 1922, Nick lived in New York and occasionally visited the luxurious home of his second cousin Daisy and her husband Tom. Scandals, betrayal, fights accompanied the life of the young and obscenely rich. Once Nick received an invitation to a dinner party at the mansion of the mysterious rich man Jay Gatsby. Legends were made about his past. Almost no one knew what he looked like. But this did not stop him from organizing the loudest parties in the entire district. Gatsby dreamed that one day the rhythms of jazz, splashes of champagne and fireworks would attract the attention of a single person …

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The “stormy” twenties of the last century …

Time for chic parties, “dry law” and “easy” money …

These “new Americans” are confident that they will flourish forever, that having reached the heights of power and wealth, they will also find personal happiness …

Such was Jay Gatsby, who became a victim of a senseless pursuit of a captivating dream of true and eternal love, which was not destined to come true …

Accidental novelty

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald ; 1896-1940 – American writer, the largest representative of the so-called “lost generation” in literature. Fitzgerald is best known for his novel The Great Gatsby, published in 1925, as well as a number of novels and stories about the American jazz era of the 1920s. The term “Jazz Age” or “Jazz Age” was coined by Fitzgerald himself and denoted the period of American history from the end of the First World War to the Great Depression of the 1930s.