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The Mystery that was Gatsby F Scott Fitzgeralds most famous work of literature is unarguably his great American novel The Great Gatsby This is plainly evidenced by its frequent and familiar appearance in the American classroom The protagonist of the novel is the character mentioned in the title Jay Gatsby Though Gatsbys mysterious life is the focus of the novel the reader always has a vague conception of the details that surround Gatsbys life and history This causes Gatsbys character to seem that much more mysterious Other characters in the novel major or minor are described by Fitzgerald much more deliberately and with much greater precision Though other characters play roles subordinate to Gatsbys the details that surround their lives as they relate to the story are defined and clear at least more defined and clear than with Gatsby This obscurity adds to the readers curiosity about Gatsbys life to the eccentric wonder that was his personality and to the bewilderment that succeeded his death Gatsby is the rich majestic protagonist of the novel While it isnt clear how he made all his money it is obvious that it was through illegal dealings in organized crime There was a reference to the 1919 World Series Thats the one where the players on the Chicago White Sox helped out organized crime by not trying their hardest when it counted Go Reds When asked about his line of work Gatsby claims to be in the drugstore business Drugstores were a common means of bootlegging liquor during prohibition since pharmacists could sell whiskey by prescription Fitzgerald is never quite clear as to just what extent of illegal activity Gatsby was involved in At some points he may even seem like a legitimate business man It is clear that the driving motivation for getting all this cash is so that it will appeal to Daisy Daisy was the rich girl that he fell in love with
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