History of Gatsby

The Great Gatsby has remained one of Americas most prominent novels since the 20th century. It tells the story of Jay Gatsby and his struggle to try and win back Daisy, his sweetheart. Through a series of extravagant parties, ridiculously lavish lifestyles, and shallow characters, the readers are told this ‘American Dream’ story depicting a money hungry world back dropped by a glittering New York. Although this novel tells an important story about America in the 1920’s, it has not always been popular among the public. When Fitzgerald released this novel in early 1900’s, his work offended the nation. The Great Gatsby is not a flattering book, it does not paint the lifestyle of the roaring 20’s in a good way. With this novel then released in that time, most couldn’t recognize the brilliance of Fitzgerald’s warning. However, after many years this novel finally received the praise it deserved.

With the start of WWII, many soldiers were in need of something to do to keep their minds off of the battles; this included reading. That in mind, the U.S. government sent out millions of books to the soldiers in Europe and other places, one novel selected was Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby. This novel seemed popular with the men in the war, probably because it was years after the 20’s. People were less offended by the criticism in the book, and finally looked past that and began to understand what Fitzgerald was really trying to say about us. It’s interesting how the war, WWII, basically caused the novel to receive some recognition, whereas in the book, Gatsby meets Daisy because of a war, WWI, and starts this entire journey because of it. Either way, since most people were finally exposed to the novel, they caused it to receive the popularity that still remains today.


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