The Great Gatsby is an undisputed classic American love story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and is said to be one of “the great novels of the twentieth century”. It was published by Scribner’s in the April of 1925, and in its first year sold a mere 20,000 copies. The book was revived during World War II and has remained popular ever since.

The Great Gatsby is set in the ‘roaring twenties’, or the ‘Jazz Age’, in the fictional town of West Egg, Long Island, New York. An outwardly glittering world, full of mansions, which lined the shores of Long Island in the 20’s. The phrase ‘the roaring twenties’ simple describes a time in North America when culture, society and art were changing at an ever changing rate. The economy during the twenties was booming because   World War I had only just ended, meaning many new and exciting products were being made and were produced on a hugely massive scale. Women’s roles dramatically changed. Young women were liberal, and called ‘flappers’. They wore short skirts, cut their hair short, listened to jazz and were getting the right to vote. There was one main problem throughout this decade, organised crime and gangs. One of the most famous gangsters of this time was Al Capone.


This novel is a story told through the eyes of Nick Carraway, a man who was once a neighbour of Gatsby. Nick has recently moved to West Egg, Long Island from somewhere in the Midwest of North America. Just after his arrival, he travels to East Egg to visit his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom. Whilst there, he meets Jordan Baker, an amazingly talented, professional golfer. It seems as though Ms Baker and the Buchanan’s live an exquisite life, which contrasts with Nick’s modest lifestyle. Upon returning home, Mr Carraway sees his neighbour, Jay Gatsby, standing in the dark and stretching his arms out towards the water, with one single green light across the Sound.
It seems as though Tom Buchanan is a blatant...