The Great Gatsby was the only novel that I found to be magnificent.

The Great Gatsby is all about time and the American dream; it is essentially what consumes Gatsby.

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Some will answer it is the freedom of religion, class or race, others will claim it is about the ability to choose where they want to work, what they want to wear, or what’s for breakfast the next day.

Jay Gatsby develops various characteristics throughout the story along with Nick Carroway.

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While Gatsby spent his life working to become a rich man, it was not for the reasons you would expect; “He has lived not for himself, but for his dream, for his vision of the good life inspired by the beauty of a lovely rich girl” (Fahey 71).

Jay Gatsby develops various characteristics throughout the story along with Nick Carroway.

The overtones and connotations that Fitzgerald gives to the dialogues, settings, and actions is a major reason why The Great Gatsby is one of the classics of the 20th century.

Scott Fitzgerald presents a scathing critique of upper class privilege in The Great Gatsby.


It is especially painful to see others possess what we cannot have.

Given our impoverished understanding of the original meanings of the “American dream,” it should come as no surprise that readings of its most emblematic novel are often similarly inadequate. We project on to Fitzgerald our nostalgic, simplistic ideas about the 1920s as one big party, and assume that Gatsby glorifies the greatest parties of them all. (If you doubt that this is a common take on the novel, just watch Baz Lurhmann’s film adaptation from last year.)

Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

There is no single definition of what this term means, but arguably one of the most noteworthy utterances of the sentiment came from James Truslow Adams in 'The American Epic'. He described the USA as:

The only item missing from Gatsby’s life is love.

Many people question what exactly made Jay Gatsby so “great.” These different personas, when viewed separately, are quite unremarkable in their own ways.

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Note that in compiling the list of novels that was the basis for this book, Burt had to impose a number of constraints about what should be considered a novel. Although some works recognized as classics of science fiction (or, more broadly, speculative fiction) are on the list (e.g., Frankenstein; Dracula; Nineteen Eighty-Four), Burt specifically excluded works that seemed to veer too much from primarily naturalistic and contemporary-oriented narratives, thus excluding from consideration most science fiction and fantasy. Books such as Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Card's Ender's Game, Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz and Frank Herbert's Dune were excluded from consideration as "novels." Burt's functional definition of "novel" used here (i.e., books belonging to the "novel genre" or, in most cases, the "literary novel genre") is thus narrower than how the word is used by the general public. From the book's introduction, pages ix-x:

Scott's Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

In this book he stated “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…” and once that phrase was written, The American Dream became what we truly know it as nowadays.