literary analysis of the great gatsby

Literary analysis of The Great Gatsby Chapter 7 is about getting an insight into one of the most spectacular novels from the 20s. This novel by F. Scott. Fitzgerald did not get specific importance as it received after many years of its publication. 

About Author 

F. Scott. Fitzgerald was born in 1896 and died in 1940. He was a short story writer, essayist, novelist, and screenwriter. Scott was a dropout from Princeton University. His notable works are The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, Six tales of the Jazz Age, and The side of paradise. 

Literary Analysis of The Great Gatsby Chapter 9

Two years have passed since the death of Gatsby and Nick is revisiting the time after all that happened. The rumours about the relationship between Myrtle and Gatsby were everywhere while reporters tries to dig any made-up story by hovering around the mansion. Even after his demise, the character of Gatsby was once again shadowed with gossiping stories, spread by new money people.

Nick was the first person everyone came up to since there was no one else who was with Gatsby during all that time. Tom and Daisy ran away without leaving any forward address. His business partner Meyer Wolfsheim excused by saying that he is busy with his work commitments and cannot be available. The way everyone left Gatsby at this time shows how amoral they are all by heart. It also portrays the desolation of the Roaring Twenties.

Three days later, Jay’s father Henry C. Gatz arrived at his mansion in a very devastating condition. He was wearing shabby clothes and was very old in age. His father says his son was meant to be doing great things in his life. He asked Nick about his relationship with Jay. Nick tells him that they were very good friends. The looks of Mr Gatz shows that Jay’s past was not that glorious. Unfortunately, in the pursuing of his American Dream he forgot his loving father and humble past. 

The following night, Nick called Klipspringer and tells him about funeral of Gatsby. Klipspringer straight away refused to attend because he had to go to a picnic in Greenwich. He asked Nick if he could send him his tennis shoes that he left at Gatsby’s house. It is evident that new money friends are heartless and opportunists who just want to meet when there is ‘fun’.

For the funeral that has to take place the next day, Nick went to New York to ask Wolfsheim for attending it. Nick wanted more people to attend his funeral. Wolfsheim talks about their early days together when Gatsby had nothing, but refuses to become a part of funeral. He has this policy of not involving with the murdered man. Wolfhseims’ personality is all egocentric, cold-hearted, and money oriented. When he claims that he has raised Gatsby from nothing, he is trying to prove that money is all that matters.

Nick comes back to the funeral without anyone. At the funeral, only Mr Gatz, Nick, and Owl Eyes were present. Nick was surprised to see him while Owl Eyes says Nick was a poor-son-of-a-bitch. 

This story with all the characters like Daisy, Gatsby, Tom, Nick, and Jordan is from the West since none of the characters were from the East. East was a haunting place for Tom after Gatsby’s death. This American Dream was about people moving West in order to make money and find opportunities. While Westerners were also joining in the money making in the East by involving in the financial business such as ‘bonds’. For Nick, it was all very corrupt and life sucking. It was only giving people ghosts in their past.

Nick decided to visit Jordan at her house. He wanted to manage things with her, but she tell him that she is now engaged. Though, Nick did not believe her and she blamed him for being disloyal. Nick felt irate and exhausted. They both did not understand that they loved each other. However, their relationship faced the consequences of the East.

In the following year, Nick came across Tom at Times Square in October. Nick did not greet Tom and gets to know that Tom is responsible for telling Wilson that Gatsby hit Myrtle. Tom told him he was crying when he was leaving his New York apartment where she and Myrtle used to meet. Nick did not tell him anything that it was Daisy who was driving at that time. He calls both of Tom and Daisy as negligent individuals  who tear down things and then goes back to their money. Tom was so much self centred that he was considering himself a victim of losing Myrtle. He has proved himself as the complete corrupt of old money.

Before moving back to Minnesota, Nick took a walk on the Long Island around Gatsby’s mansion. He associated the American Dream of Gatsby with the dream of those settlers who came first to this land. Gatsby also had the feeling of achieving something dangerous and challenging when he saw that green blinking light at the other end of the shore.

Nick explains Gatsby as the man who is a believer of future. He was a man who had faith and keeps his promise. Every American was looking like Gatsby to him who is looking forward to their dreams and every dream wanted to reclaim a past that is not there anymore. 

 

 

 

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