2 weeks ago
Book: the great gatsby
author: f. scott fitzgerald
genre: fiction, tragedy
i think this is the best piece of writing by fitzgerald - a book ahead of its time. the novel is short yet it coveys the bitter reality of the american society (infact any other society/culture) in a very pleasant and poetic way. gatsby a man, who fell in love with an elegant, rich lady daisy. while daisy married another man tom (who belonged to her class) gatsby spent his life acquiring the social status of a rich billionire, with a hope that one day he will have daisy all for himself. but he forgot that his quest to please daisy and social acceptance among people of higher stature would be, his unbecoming. he became someone he wasn't meant to be. just when he was so close to achieving his dream, it was snatched away from him. that's the tragedy of this book. he was chasing an illusion from the past, a mere shadow. he wasted his life for someone, who walked away without a second glance at him. the only sensible voice throughout the story was the narrator nick carraway, gatsby's friend and neighbor, who stuck with him till the end.
the most disturbing part for me was, how at the end no one was there for gatsby. he died alone. all the people who used to attend his parties and social events abandoned him. it was sad to see nick gathering people for his funeral, for which they denied conveniently. the writing is rich, the dialogues and the language tells a great deal about the unsaid things. in a very unaccoustomed way, the writer insults the western societal concept of survival of fittest.
so many of us can relate to gatsby's character. those of us who think that fame, money and mass media can help us make way inta a circle we donot belong, in order to fulfill a fool's dream. our whole existance becomes a lie. in today's world a person's worth is measured by his wealth, but fitzgerald through his writing showed us, that we come alone in this world and we will leave alone!
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