Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about the style of living in the 1920's, during great economic prosperity. The book entails twisted love affairs and close relationships while revealing the true identity of The American Dream. The book depicts the lifestyles of the wealthy and how they got away with everything, the middle class' simple lifestyle, and the lackluster life of the lower class people. The main character, Jay Gatsby, has spent most of his life chasing after a girl named Daisy, moving across the country just to live next to her. He is one of the wealthiest men in New York, and despite all his wealth, all he wants is to have Daisy Buchanan--even though she is currently married. Despite all his efforts, he is never able to achieve his true American Dream--perhaps because it never existed. Throughout the book, the reader gets more involved in many characters' lives and secrets, such as Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, and Nick. I recommend this book because it is a true American Classic, and a lot can be learned from it. This book really helps describe the lifestyle people lived during the 1920's with prohibition and shows how much life has changed since that time period. Also, the twisted love affair problems throughout the book really leave the reader wondering what might happen next and why some actions took place. I really recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. You would like this book if you like… twisted love affairs; realism; The American Dream; true American Classics; and allusions, symbolism, & irony.

- Ryan, RRHS Student