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The Great Gatsby and his Dreams The story of the Great Gatsby is summoned up by a small paragraph which explains the reasons for events in the story The story is begun many years before when Gatsby meets a woman and falls in love with her whose name is Daisy However Gatsby does not have the fame and fortune a classy lady like Daisy desires Gatsby decides to devote his whole life to achieving the material goods with which to satisfy Daisy He lives in the past on a moment of absolute happiness hoping he can relive that state of emotion sometime in the future F Scott Fitzgerald published the book in 1925 using the actual time in history the Roaring Twenties to help create Gatsbys character Gatsbys participation in the bootlegging business the extravagant parties he throws and the wealthy careless lifestyle the Buchanans represent are all vivid pictures of that time frame Fitzgeralds portrayal of the time period creates lifelike characters in the novel By creating these personable characters Fitzgerald is allowing the reader to associate himself with Gatsby and letting him use his imagination so that in the end the reader can decide if the Great Gatsby is truly great Fitzgerald allows the reader to incorporate the story into their own past and past relationships ultimately putting the reader in Gatsbys shoes and seeing what the reader would do in the same situation It raises a great debate should people live their lives yearning for something in the past Is it acceptable to live ones whole life on a past experience or memory hoping to reach back in time and pull the past to the present Is it healthy In this case Fitzgerald is saying no its not healthy He says it ruins a person and things change Is Gatsby great In some ways he is you have to admire a man who lives his whole life devoting
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