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F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby is considered a novel that embodies America in the 1920s In it the narrator Nick Carroway helps his neighbor Jay Gatsby reunite with Daisy Buchanan with whom he has been in love with since 5 years before during World War I The affair between the two fails however and ends in Gatsby being shot and killed The reason that this was inevitable is that Gatsby created a fantasy so thoroughly that he became part of it and he fell with it when reality came crashing down The basis of all of this is Gatsbys obsession with Daisy and with meeting her He did not want to deal with the reality that confronted him upon returning from the war Fortunately he had an extraordinary gift a romantic readiness and he found in Daisy someone to focus this on She is perfection to him something for which he can strive so he puts all of his energy into finding her again He uses his inherited money to travel around the country searching when he runs out he goes into the drug business then oil then liquor He clips out articles about Daisy from every newspaper he can find he buys a huge romantic house that he hopes will merit her approval The parties that he throws every night in hopes that she will come become almost famous for their extravagance and the variety of people that come A result of this is that Gatsby creates an illusion around himself also His past is shrouded in mystery and speculation some favorites of the party-goers theories on why he is so free and generous with his resources are that he once killed a man and that he was a German spy during the war He does nothing to discourage these rumours rather he often adds to them He lets people believe that he was an Oxford man
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