What else can I say about The Great Gatsby that I haven’t said already? Well, to start with, overall I found The Great Gatsby to be an interesting novel that I didn’t completely dread to pick up and read every day that I needed to. It certainly wasn’t a bore to read, like some other classic novels that contain confusing text and word choices that I don’t understand. I think that The Great Gatsby was a very well-written novel that employed great diction and sophistication, but wasn’t too complex that I had a loss of understanding and wasn’t able to comprehend the main ideas and the plot in general. The plot of The Great Gatsby was very intriguing, with the changes in the relationships between the main characters and the discovery of who Gatsby really is. The themes of the novel were well-addressed, ones of aspiration and possibilities, which included Gatsby’s dream to become rich and successful and have the girl he wanted as his own. Also, the motif of time was fascinating, demonstrating that what happens in the past can either repeat itself in the future or just simply remain in the past.
The ending of the novel showed that Gatsby’s dream wasn’t obtainable for him and, because of this, died, as well as the American dream, which is the idea that Fitzgerald was trying to emphasize, albeit a depressing one. Having Gatsby murdered for a crime and social injustice that he didn’t even commit was bad enough, but then he also had no one to come and pay their respects at his funeral, which made it even worse. No one really liked Gatsby as he was trying to obtain his dreams, and because of this, he ended up dead and alone, no longer the great man he once was. Gatsby is like a tragic character; his flaws kept him from being as great as the title had implied he should be. He was way too caught up with trying to win over Daisy, which led to his eventual downfall in the end.
I wouldn’t say that this book is one of my favorites, but I didn’t extremely dislike it either, so overall, it was an okay book for me. The characters and the storyline were compelling, but the theme of the novel turned on itself in the end, which I didn’t particularly enjoy. This novel made me think in depth and analyze more below the surface than others have for me in the past, which is probably a good thing. I started this blog with a quote, so I’ll end it with one, too, to wrap it all up:
“I think that at last I’ve done something really my own, but how good ‘my own’ is remains to be seen.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald about The Great Gatsby