Created on Saturday, 22 October 2011 00:00
Written by Samantha See
Ever wondered how the lives of the extremely rich are? F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest novel, The Great Gatsby, is one novel that sheds much insight into the rich but emotionally empty lives of the American nouveau riche in the 1920s.
The story is narrated by Nick Carraway, a fresh graduate from Yale as well as the new neighbour and friend of Jay Gatsby. For some time, the generous but mysteriously private millionaire holds weekly extravagant parties and, as a result, roused the interest and curiosity of the town. Who exactly is this man? Why is he doing this? Where did he come from? Due to special circumstances, Nick eventually finds out the truth behind the extraordinaire and even comes to consider him a friend. A visit to the home of Nick's cousin, Daisy, and her arrogant husband, Tom reveals more about the man's past including his love for the enigmatic lady. But for the optimists, how the romance eventually ended up through an unfortunate turn in events wouldn't leave a sweet taste for you.
Gatsby represents more than just the quirky, eccentric millionaire everyone is gossiping about. He is a reflection of how values, when misplaced, could result in dire consequences. Of the wildly pursued wealth and fame, or what is also known as the American dream, the man has it all. But the one thing that eludes him – Daisy's love – is all he ever wanted.
By pulling us out of our world and placing us into another with his clean and crisp writing style, Fitzgerald's classic helped in heightening how enjoyable this book was and is for many readers, even decades after he died. The book also leaves us with some food for thought: Is climbing up the social ladder to a glittery yet grim high life, void of real meaningful relationships, worth the price to pay? You might also like: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
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