Movie: Life, Like The Great Gatsby


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

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 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 behavior of their drivers. The
existing criticism on automobiles in The Great Gatsby usually centers on one or
the other of these two functions.(O\'Meara,