Sunday, 16 August 2015

Book Review: The Great Gatsby

'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald

5 stars

"can't repeat the past?... Why of course you can!"

The Great Gatsby shows humanity to be shallow, obsessed with the image of themselves and others so much so that they create an illusion of perfection for themselves. Jay Gatsby's illusion comes in the form of Daisy, his old love and now a married woman.

Nick's honest and reliable narration highlights how people are careless with one another, but that not all people behave so. Although Gatsby is not the most realistic of characters, Fitzgerald creates a contradiction within his character. Of all the aspects of himself Gatsby altered in order to move forward from the past, the one thing he cannot let go of is Daisy. His mind revolves around Daisy so much that both his sense of reality and sense of self is lost as no one knows who he is, not even himself.

Fitzgerald uses his novel to show that there is no such thing as a greater person, and that those given such a title are often provided it by strangers looking from a distance. It is only when one looks at the whole picture that it is clear that Gatsby is not "great", only a man deluded by his own fantasy.

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- Helia

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