The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald
I’m sure that you all see the movie. Did you like it? Well, let me tell you something, for once I can say that the movie is almost as good as the book. Usually it is really hard for me to watch a movie after reading the book. With The Great Gatsby it was one of the times I wasn’t completely angry after the movie. BUT, the book… The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 and, in my opinion, it’s still one of the most beautiful love stories.
Indeed, in the book, all is about this green light. This light represents the past that Gatsby is trying to get back. Gatsby truly believe that you can live today as you lived years ago. After all, his love for Daisy is always as strong as the first day he met her. The love Gatsby has for Daisy is pure as he just loves her because she is the way she is. Daisy is one of those women you notice. She is beautiful, well-educated and every man wants to win his heart. How many times have you seen this kind of love? I told you, The Great Gatsby is a wonderful love story.
But as we all know, love stories often turn badly.
Fitzgerald tells us about social classes. As Daisy is wanted by many men, Gatsby knows that he has to lie about his modest origins to be with her. But the war separates them and Daisy chooses to marry Tom Buchanan. Tom comes from the aristocracy and can offer her the life to which she aspires. When many heroines choose to fight for love, in Fitzgerald’s novel, Daisy chooses a lifestyle instead of waiting for Gatsby. That says a lot about her and therefore about this blindest love that has Gatsby.
Jay Gatsby was not from a rich or well-educated family. But he met a man who taught him everything. A man whose name he ended up taking. To fulfil his dream of finding Daisy, Gatsby also falls into illegality. And this is an aspect that is somehow relayed in the background. We just need to know that Gatsby is capable of anything to find his dream life. To be
Gatsby organizes these big parties open to all in the hope that one day, Daisy will show up. These parties are all as big and spectacular as the others, but the mystery is complete since no one has ever seen Gatsby. This is how the rumour spreads. Does he work for the mafia? Is he a killer? Are we sure it even exists?
That’s when we meet Nick Carraway. To be completely honest, Nick is the narrator of the story. We therefore hear his voice from the first lines of the book. And this choice is really important. Nick is well educated, comes from a good family and went to university. He is still « innocent » when he arrives in New York. He is the one who will see things as they are. Nick is Gatsby’s new neighbour, but more importantly, he is Daisy’s cousin.
So we can guess now that Gatsby has finally seen Daisy again thanks to Nick. When we look at it more closely, we can say that the friendship between Nick and Gatsby is certainly the only real relationship in the book. Of course, like everyone, Nick is impressed by the parties that Gatsby organizes and by the character he maintains. But he also sees Gatsby trying to fight against loneliness and misunderstanding.
I don’t want to spoil the book or the end of it. Which is really hard not to do… But let me say that reading The Great Gatsby is also looking for clues. Do not read without trying to understand each character because they all hide secrets. Does Daisy realize what Gatsby did for her? Is Tom in love with Daisy or in love with how he can control her? Has Gatsby ever been really happy?
It may be strange to say, but I think The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite classics because the story is tragic. At least for me it is. It’s indeed at the moment when Gatsby thinks that he could regain his dream life that everything collapses. And I like this character because he never loses hope, he never loses confidence in Daisy, but at the same time, he will never know how much he means to Nick.
Dishonesty, money, social classes, lies will block Gatsby’s road but in the end, he will always spread love and hope.