F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, addresses the events of a summer in the Jazz Age for people in different social classes, who are forced to deal with a clash in life styles and values. The protagonist of the story, Jay Gatsby, tries to achieve high social status but has to deal with the values that come along with it.
Gatsby lives on the poorer of the two islands, but he still tries to be a part of the wealthy society by throwing parties every night. Many of the guests that come to his parties do not understand the reasons for the parties, Gatsby's wealth, or anything about his past. For this reason, Gatsby does not have many close friends accept Nick Carraway, his neighbor. Nick knows his former love and Gatsby befriends him, because he wants nothing more than to see her. While his former love lives across the water, to him she seems unreachable, because they have both changed in the years and haven't spoken. Therefore, Gatsby is living with the false idea that he can have wealth and a former love.
1. Does Gatsby only throw the parties in hopes of seeing his former love?
2. Will Gatsby ever come to the realization that some dreams are unreachable or will he achieve his dreams, of living with his former love and being accepted fully by society?
3. Is Gatsby only using Nick to get closer to his former love?