Writing a personal statement is difficult. Realising that i can’t revert to my usual sarcastic dry-humoured self with a touch of awkwardness is hard. Where is my fall-back? Why can i not get across my goofy lovable self. Part of this massive endeavor which we call growing up is straying away from our comfort zone in favour of expanding our knowledge and horizons. Quite simply- growing up is difficult. Staying awake not because you want to watch that last episode of Dexter but because you need to finish your coursework deadline, or your boyfriend is feeling down about his future, or your dog wont stop pawing at the door despite your best attempts to make him love you. Wait what?.. The truth is that as i grow up and i get more comfortable in my own skin, there is more growing up to be done. It’s like physically growing up is a metaphor for emotionally doing so. I have come to the sudden realisation that my 17 years 9 months and 28 days on this earth isn’t as much as I thought it was however i am already expected to make all those decisions that will stay with me for the rest of my life and that’s terrifying. But, i take solace in the fact that I- like so many other teenagers coming out of that ‘een‘ stage (be it seventeen eighteen or nineteen) are surrounded by people that love them and are here to cushion the hard reality of life and getting older. I guess i’m just posting to remind those people that i appreciate what they do;be they teacher or parent, friend or novio.
Novels with historical context for me are a particular weak spot, whilst i enjoy dabbling in the works of Tolkein and Lewis, there is something eminently fascinating and heart-wrenching about a novel with truth behind it, as for me, this … Continue reading →
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.”