The Great Gatsby is a timeless classic, filled with interesting content that tests the morality of both the characters and readers alike. Beautifully written it has become one of my favourite novels after recently studying it as an A level text, doing so allowed me to delve into the depths of the stories and become more aware of the ‘roaring twenties’ so fondly remembered and captured in american literature. Whilst glorifying this concept of wealth in the most lavish of ways, Fitzgerald allows us to see the consequence of wealth and similarly the falseness of it. Gatsby is presented as an enigmatic character from the beginning of the text but gradually the story-line strips away the glory of Gatsby until we are left with the vulnerable and very real character of James Gatz. The first person modified narration of the story is utilized cleverly by Fitzgerald to select the information that the reader consumes and in doing so allows us to believe we are formulating our own opinions of characters when in actuality Fitzgerald is driving us to particular thoughts. With a brilliant setting of West and East Egg and the juxtaposition of the Valley of Ashes, Fitzgerald ushers the reader into the reality of wealth and the ‘careless’ people that it ensnares. With beautiful poetic language and a short number of pages for the reader to digest, it is no mistake that it is regarded as a brilliant work and I would openly recommend it to anyone.
Favourite quote: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”