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. Now, Nick Carraway is an Ivy League white-boy who rents a house in Long Island, next door to the pimpin crib of Jay Gatsby, a rich playboy 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 hisself a sexy ho on the side named Myrtle. Now, 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. He moved to Long Island in hopes that he might get a crack at that ass again. Anyway, all these rich white folks
decide to take a trip to Manhattan together. 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 each others’ grills and tell Daisy that she’s got to choose her man. But, this bitch can’t make up her mind! Back in the hood, George straight up says “Myrtle, I know you been actin like a dirty skank.” Myrtle loses her shit 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
Gtasby. When Tom finds our about the
murder, he goes up and tells George that it was Gatsby who was driving
the car. 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. Damn. After dealing with all this rich
white boy angsty bulls***, Nick decides he needs to get his ass
out of New York and chill out 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. 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 this
bitch, Daisy. 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. 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 shit. But dat
ain’t reality, B. Yo, you ain’t know shit 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 Gatsby 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. Yo thanks for tuning in to Thug
Notes. I hope yo bitch ass learned something today. See you next time
playa.

100 thoughts on “The Great Gatsby – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

  1. We're still reading Gatsby in english class. Too many fancy words so we're watching the 2012 film that features Decaprio and Maguire

  2. We've tried make review this book for 1 minute)) Would appreciate your thoughts about it: https://youtu.be/KEpbRuHIfHI

  3. Sorry Wisecrack but this video just doesn't do this book justice. This is the lest comprehensive video you've made, you've missed alot of key techniques, symbols, events and Location. Like the valley of ashes, the west and east eggs and the party where Tom smack the shit out of Myrtle. The colour green is also highly symbolic of wealth with both the light and Daisy wearing green.

  4. I typed a comment on another one of your videos, requesting that you review The Great Gatsby, I didn't realize you had already done it, so please pardon me. Now I'm going to listen to this *again*…

  5. When someone asks me how I studied for the Leaving Cert, I'm gonna show them exactly how. This Video.

  6. My friend just recommended you to me. This is pretty darned cool. My friend explained it to me and I thought "I'm a pure New England White chick. How's this going to appeal to me????" I guess some things just DO. Keep it up.

  7. Do "Far From The Madding Crowd" or "Jude the Obscure" both written by 19th century British author Thomas Hardy

  8. OMG I love this series! If I would have found this in high school I would'n't have been bored with reading literature.

  9. Great, funny, insightful video — but not even a mention of the fact that Gatsby's wealth was fake? That is like the most important point in the book…he was a total fraud like Roarin 20s America excesses that Fitzgerald was mocking.

  10. i know this is an old video, but after having read the book and coming back to re-watch for inspiration for an essay, im surprised to see how much you left out of the summary.

  11. I thought everything was backwards in this book. Gatsby was portrayed as frontin the whole time with his "new money", and Tom was legit, but I thought Tom old money ass was the fakest dude with no integrity or class after his side piece got killed by the car.

  12. So my daughter was reading this in English and wanted to discuss it with me. I haven’t read it in at least 30 years so I sneak away, watch this video, and bam dad doesn’t look as forgetful as he really is. Thank you Dr Sweets

  13. I have very mixed feelings about The Great Gatsby. I alternate between really appreciating it as an influential literary work, and absolutely hating it.
    I first read the book – kinda, what little I could stand of it – during my junior year of high school. The English class I read it in was liberally biased; not that I'm an ultra right wing by any means, but the overly leftist tones in this class were pretty ridiculous. So at first I didn't understand what my teacher meant by glorifying shattering the American Dream, and thought it was insulting. But this video put it pretty well here, that the American Dream started out as a great idea where anyone could achieve their dreams – and I still want to believe that's possible (internationally, that is, not just in America) – but in Fitzgerald's America, it was a lot more cutthroat, stepping on others to get what you want, in the sole pursuit of materialism. Putting it that way makes a lot more sense. I also couldn't stand things like Daisy saying she hopes her daughter will grow up to be "a beautiful little fool," I wanted to reach through the pages and wring her neck; I mean, what parent in his/her right mind wants their daughter to be stupid?!
    Plus, I'm sorry, but the story just doesn't sound that good to me on paper; on paper, it came off to me as just reading about the obscenely wealthy 1% living frivolous lives and tearing themselves and each other apart while they could have been putting their lives and vast resources towards better things. And I could have been reading much more intelligent works.
    However, when I was many years older, I found myself revisiting this book. I remembered how much I hated it in high school, but – and I know this may sound a bit shallow – I got curious about the 2013 film with Leonardo DiCaprio, and, well, I absolutely loved it, so much that I got it on DVD! It's absolutely breathtaking! The imagery, the acting, the script, everything was to die for! And then it reminded me of the few things I remember liking about the book. The novel's imagery is also stunning, very glitzy, makes everything sound good enough to eat! To get more "immersed" in the world of the film, I prepared myself and my roommate to watch it by first getting it on DVD, then going out and getting a bunch of fancy sweets, like a Snickers cake and a bottle of champagne, to eat during the movie. I figured, if we can't eat Gatsby's world, maybe I can replicate it in some small way. It was a lot of fun. LOL
    And in watching the film, wonder of wonders, it helped me understand things about the book that I never had before. For instance, the perversion of the American Dream, then things like Daisy's "beautiful little fool" line and her crying over Gatsby's beautiful shirts were a lot more understandable. The "beautiful little fool" line, Carey Mulligan portrayed it like Daisy had lived a hard life that made her jaded and hopeless with the knowledge she knows of her world, and she didn't want her young daughter to gain those same smarts; as they say, ignorance is bliss. That made so much sense to me; if I felt as hopeless as she did, I'd probably say something like that, too. And the scene with her crying over Gatsby's shirts, it wasn't that she was necessarily sad over the shirts, but she was sad at being still so in love with Gatsby and feeling like she missed out on sharing her life with him. Right before she said her surface excuse about the shirts, she and Gatsby looked up at Nick for a nonverbal cue to ask him to please give them some privacy before they began to talk, but she was still embarrassed to admit what she was really thinking. That, too, makes a world of sense, very human, very relatable, and made Daisy a lot more interesting and complex. Carey also made Daisy's dilemma between Gatsby and Tom a lot more believable. I still think she should have chosen Gatsby, but the struggle of sharing five years of your life with someone, albeit in an abusive marriage, is not an easy thing to tear yourself away from. It can be hard letting go of several years of your life with someone you've developed some kind of relationship with. But a part of her still wanted Gatsby, too, for the great life he could have offered her. It's the age-old human conflict, do you dare to dream of a better life, or stay lavishly comfortable with the devils you know?
    Also, the idea of Gatsby wanting to relive the past and get Daisy back and all that, again, on paper, it just sounded like a pretty selfish and deluded guy just trying to get what he wanted with absolutely no regard for reality, and going after a pretty airheaded person besides. (Not that it made Tom look any better, I never liked him, and I still don't.) But Leonardo's Gatsby was absolutely perfect, he breathed a whole new life into the character that made him something truly special, not just your average millionaire feeling entitled to anything he wanted, no matter the consequences (that was, at least, my impression of Gatsby on paper). Leonardo's Gatsby was a dreamer, who had this undying dream for his life, and Daisy, his first and only love. He has a heart that reaches for the stars, that hope of the green light at the end of her dock that seemed to beckon him to win her back. He was soft spoken, gentle, gentlemanly, sophisticated, adventurous, hopeful, yet (at least with a select few, like Nick) vulnerable, living from his heart, and unfortunately dreaming too much. Also very complex and interesting. He dreamed too much when he just expected for his dream to come true, for Daisy to just come back, leave her current life, and get with his program; not only unrealistic and tragic, but also a lot of pressure to put on someone you love. But he was doing that all in the name of his love for her. Despite his flaws, it's pretty clear to me that Gatsby would have moved mountains for Daisy and given her the moon, if it meant getting her back.
    All these things, the book never really helped me understand of it by itself, which kinda makes me feel like an ignoramus for understanding the story better only after I watched a movie adaptation. LOL But all the same, I still feel like I got a better understanding of the overall story anyway, so I'm grateful for that. So the book by itself, can't really stand it, but with visual aids like the 2013 version, makes me want to love the story.
    Anyway, my two cents on what I think of the story as a whole. Great video!

  14. In this one the main character goes to the midwest, Brave New World he isolates himself and starts a small garden, The Catcher in the Rye he wants to work in a ranch/ live in a cabin. Coincidence? I think not

  15. Kevin Garnet got a championship with the Celtics but it was said he couldn't make up for the time he played with the Timberwolves.

  16. You have done vids for my three least favorite required reading books (Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, and A Separate Peace) that I DID read in HS but hated all three. You do a good job explaining them but I also see why I didn't like these books- otoh now I can move on to enjoying reading again ❤️ Thank you.

  17. Really good summary and also could look into these works like Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Who knows? Maybe throw in Black Beauty while you're at it for good measure.

  18. Daisy was such a weak and complacent woman born into privilege who just goes along with what she’s told instead of having a backbone

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