Set during the Prohibition Era in the 1920s, The Great Gatsby tells a tale of changes in society after the Great War. The novel reveals the disparities in quality of life and wealth, from the rich East Egg to West Egg and the poor Valley of Ashes. The narrator, Nick Carraway, meets his wealthy neighbor, Jay Gatsby, and reunites with his distant cousin Daisy and her even wealthier husband, Tom Buchanan. As the story progresses, a rivalry forms between Tom and Gatsby, as they fight for Daisy's affection. This rivalry and a disastrous mix-up lead to the tragic ending of the book.
This story emblematizes the culture and change of ideas that many experienced after the First World War. Modernist ideas were conveyed through F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing, and fit into the narrative of the story very well. The complicated and varied structure of this novel makes it a complex story that holds many references to the culture of the 1920s.
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