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The Great Gatsby

April 02, 2017

 If you haven't read The Great Gatsby then I'm slightly questioning your high school english classes. I feel like everyone has read this for an English class at one point. Or at very least seen the movie or the remake movie with Leonardo DiCaprio.
 I have read the book itself about four times, seen the first movie twice, and the second movie a number of times. A pet peeve of mine is watch movies more than once, and occasionally books as well. But this is one book that I could read a million times. F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors and this book has to be my favorite of his.
 If you haven't read this book then you're truly missing out. A wonderful young man named Nick Carraway moves to New York in the summer in 1922. He rents a small house in West Egg of Long Island, a wealthy area made up of the newly rich.
 Next door to Nick's home is the mysterious man himself, Jay Gatsby. Mr. Gatsby lives in a giant mansion and throws extravagant parties every Saturday night.
 Nick though isn't like the other people who live in West Egg. He's an educated Yale man with connections to East Egg. East Egg is the very fashionable area of Long Island that isn't filled with 'new money'. His connections are his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband Tom. At a little dinner Daisy hosts she introduces Nick to a woman named Jordan Baker, a gorgeously cynical woman who ends up having a relationship with Nick. At the dinner Nick learns of the gossip that Tom is a part of and quickly finds himself to be a part of too.
 As summer goes on Nick eventually gets an invitation form Gatsby himself to come to one of his wild Saturday night parties. Later that night, after running into Jordan, they end up meeting Gatsby himself. When Jordan and Gatsby are alone words are exchanged to which Nick later finds himself tangled in.
 Gatsby knew and was deeply in love with Daisy back in Louisville in 1917. He tells Jordan that he spends very many nights of his alone staring at the green light at the end of her dock, just across  the bay. He admits that all these parties and extravagant things were just to impress her, Daisy. When he finds that Nick knows Daisy well, he wants Nick to arrange a reunion of sorts between the two. Though he wants that, he is also afraid that Daisy will reject the reunion if she knows Gatsby will be there. Daisy agrees unknowingly and see Gatsby for the first time in years, where there end up falling back in love for each other and begin an affair.


 I won't spoil the ending for you because it truly is a wonderful novel that everyone should pick up and read. I in fact have two copies, one I hold dear to me that was given to me by a friend and one I loan out to others.
 The part of the novel I adored was Jay Gatsby himself and his infatuation with the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. This green light, that was barely even visible from Gatsby's end of the bay, was what he spent so many nights looking at. This little green light was what we saw to be essentially Gatsby's hopes and dreams. He thought of Daisy when he looked at that green light, he thought of having a future with her. He even reaches out to grasp that light, to get to his dream of being with her again, the girl he loved when he was younger and has since then. This love that Gatsby had for her was there, captured in this green light that sat too far for him to reach.


“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning-- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

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