An Introduction to the Great Gatsby

Contextual information about what was occuring at the time Fitzgerald wrote the Great Gatsby and how is own life experiences reflected on themes in the novel. An introduction to the novel to further understanding.

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Introduction to the Great Gatsby

An influential novel ­

The great Gatsby is a novel about a working class man who goes to great
lengths to become rich and win back the woman he loves. She eventually rejects
him in favour of someone in her own class and he dies…

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Fitzgerald fell in love with Zelda but she refused to marry him until he could comfortably
support her.

Gatsby falls in love with Daisy, a materialistic girl who marries a rich man instead.


Fitzgerald lived in Great Neck, the inspiration for West Egg from 1922 to 1924. He…

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The American dream is the idea that America is a land of opportunity where a
determined and able individual can achieve anything, regardless of their social

After the war, many people, including Fitzgerald began to challenge this idea and
wonder if it was really possible. Fitzgerald was part of…


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