Surely you’ve heard of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Did you watch the movie just to get the general idea for your test? Did you skim through the book, wishing your course had assigned a more interesting book? You aren’t the only one. Loving The Great Gatsby takes patience, but it pays off.
The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carraway, and it takes place after he moves from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island. He has an extraordinary neighbor, the hopeful and ambitious Jay Gatsby, who is full of secrets. Nick has connections to the rich and the elite society of Long Island, and he sees their dirty secrets, and their contemptuous behavior towards the lower class. Gatsby is seemingly accepted into their society as well, given that he is just as wealthy; but Gatsby soon reveals he’d give up everything he’s built up in life, for one thing…
This is a book that requires a second reading, and a third. Fitzgerald put his soul into this, and the sentences are written as if language melted in his hands and molded at his command. The plot and its elements can be cut open and analyzed over and over again, because everything is so thought-out. Even discarding the plot, the imagery and symbolism alone is off the charts. The word combinations are one of a kind, and to top it off, it’s actually interesting and thought provoking. It gives you another perspective to consider when it comes to the notion of classism, makes you question how influential it really is and how relevant it should be.
Personally, I was distracted by the difficult vocabulary at the beginning, but as time went on I was too drawn to the story to pay attention to anything else. I’m extremely grateful that I read all the analysis I came upon- analysis regarding themes, symbolism, characterization, etc. Knowing all the hidden gems in this book gives it a new meaning, and it’s one of my favorites now!