The Great Gatsby
From plot debriefs to key motifs, Thug Notes’ The Great Gatsby Summary & Analysis has you covered with themes, symbols, important quotes, and more. First published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel sold poorly – and he died in 1940 believing to be a failure and his work forgotten. Today, it is considered to be a literary classic. Join Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, and Tom and Daisy Buchanan in this literary classic.
The Great Gatsby (1925) | Written by: F. Scott Fitzgerald | Published by: Scribner
The Great Gatsby – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis
Yo what’s good kids? Welcome back to Thug Notes. Today we reppin the one percent with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, ya heard?
Now Nick Carraway is a Ivy League white boy who rents a house in Long Island next door to the pimpin crib of Jay Gatsby, a rich play boy with dat mad Mitt Romney money. Across the way, my boy Nick be chillin’ with his cousin Daisy and her man, Tom. Now what Daisy don’t know is that Tom got his self a sexy ho on the side named Myrtle. Myrtle is married to some weak ass punk named George who can’t please his woman.
One day while kickin it at Gatsby’s crib, Nick discovers that his cousin Daisy used to be Gatsby’s main bitch before his white ass got shipped off to the war. He moved to Long Island in hopes that he might get a crack at that ass again.
Gatsby asks Nick to do him a solid and arrange for him and Daisy to have a sit down. After they meet, Daisy seems ready to shack up with this player. Skank.
Anyway, all these rich white folks decide to take a trip to Manhattan together. On the way, the crew rolls up to dat fool George, who acts all spicious about Myrtle. He knows she be playin him, but he don’t know who wit.
These fools arrive at the Plaza Hotel where Daisy’s hubby Tom gets all crunk about Daisy and Gatsby’s relationship. Gatsby and Tom get all up in eachothers’ grills and tell Daisy that she’s got to choose her man but this bitch just can’t make up her mind!
Back in the hood, George straight up says “Myrtle, I know you been acting a dirty skank.” Myrtle loses her sh** with George and says “I wouldn’t have to play you if you didn’t act like such a bitch.” So Daisy be driving Gatsby’s car back to Long Island when dat crazy hoe Myrtle just goes up and slings her ass in front of the car. Bam! She dead. Daisy just keeps drivin Gatsby’s whip, gets the hell out of dodge, and decides she’s done with Gatsby.
When Tom finds our about the murder, he goes up and tells George that it was Gatsby who was driving the car even though everyobody know it was that trick Daisy. Now George be thinking that it was Gatsby who was Myrtle’s stud. So that boy George grabs himself a 9 and caps Gatsby while he chillin in his pool. Then he dun ice himself.
After dealing with all this rich white boy angsty bullsh**, Nick decides he needs to get the hell out of New York and chill in the mid west.
Let’s get right to it, homeboy. “Gatsby” can be considered a criticism of the anti-Calvinistic image of the American dream.
America may have started as a land where homies always got each others backs, but fitzgerald’s America is full of back stabbin crackers that make Gatsby’s romantic dream ridiculous. My boy Gatsby keeps it real by stickin to his American ideals, and in the end, his soul saves the book from being straight up depressing. Like dat fool Minter says “ Because of the beauty of his dream and the heroism of his efforts to move beyond it, Gatsby can be made great”
Check this motif son: Dreams vs. Reality. Gatsby has these big ass
delusions about the future with his bitch, Daisy. But the reality of thug life in America pulls Gatsby back to reality. Gatsby be thinkin’ that you can repeat the past but my brother be straight trippin. Cuz on the real, ain’t nobody can recover past time.
If you open up yo eyes and actually read this sh**, you can see that Fitzgerald embodies this motif in tiny details. For example, on page 50 it’s revealed that Gatsby has a big ass stack of books, most of which he’s never read. It’s like Gatsby be frontin’ trying to look all intelligent and sh**. But dat ain’t reality, B.
Gatsby and Tom represent two different moments in a culture’s decline. Gatsby is one of dem day dreaming suburban white boys who realizes that your dream just ain’t possible up in the hood. Dat boy Tom, on the other hand, represents The Man- the rich white people that just keep on getting richer and more powerful.
Yo, you ain’t know sh** about Gatsby til you know about the symbol of the green light. Some playas think the green light symbolizes the fading optimism of Gatsby’s dream. At the beginning of the book, the green light has a burning quality that gets Gatsvy all riled up about shackin up with his bitch. But by the end of this book, it’s just another lame ass green light. There ain’t nothing special bout it, just like his fake ass dreams.
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