The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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pacl_teens Sep 11, 2020

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a classic novel. This novel is about a rich man, Jay Gatsby, and his love for a married woman, Daisy Buchanan as told from the POV of Daisy’s cousin and Gatsby’s close friend Nick Carraway. As Nick moves to New York for his new job he ends up living next door to the wealthy Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is a man of mystery and elegance every night he holds huge parties at his mansions to attract the woman he once loved, Daisy. When Nick goes to his house one night they become close friends and Gatsby sees this as his way to get close to Daisy. But how far is Gatsby willing to go and how many people will get hurt in the process?

This book is a classic and it is one that everyone should read at some point in their lives. First of all, I loved the amount of symbolism the author used throughout the story. By using this literary device he was able to get the story through to his readers by using another method besides using words to write it out. Second, I loved Gatsby in this book. He had a very persevering and friendly personality, he is exactly the type of person you would want to be friends with. I also liked how he was hopelessly in love with Daisy, this showed that even wealthy men can have a soft spot for love which is depicted well in the book. Next, I loved the friendship between Nick and Gatsby, there were times when it did not seem genuine but overall they had a nice and mutual friendship. Lastly, I think that the author ended the book beautifully. Even though there were some sad parts throughout the book he was able to tie everything together really well.

In short, this is an amazing read for someone who loves a quick and educational read. Even though most people will read this book during their high school career I think everyone should try to read this book willingly instead of forcefully because I think they will enjoy it. -Eunchae, Grade 10

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leejuliet
Aug 31, 2020

The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a tragic story about love coming with sacrifices. Starting off, Nick Carraway is a young man who moved to New York in the summer of 1922. He rented a house, neighboring Jay Gatsby. On the opposite side lived his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom. Daisy and Tom introduced a woman named Jordan Baker to Nick, and she decided to have an affair with him. Not long after this meeting, Jordan informed Nick about a secret lover that Tom had been meeting stealthily: Myrtle Wilson. After being told this secret, Mr. Carraway traveled with Tom and Myrtle on a trip back to New York City. As the summer progressed, Jordan and Nick attended a party that the mysterious Gatsby had invited the couple to. As the party was going, Gatsby asked to speak with Jordan privately. Suspicious, Nick inquired Jordan about what all this fuss was about. Jordan explained that Gatsby was madly in love with Daisy, and the parties he held were to bring attention to himself and impress her. Knowing all of this, Nick arranged a “tea party” with Daisy and Gatsby, where the two hooked up and started a relationship. After a short period of time, Tom grew suspicious of his wife’s relationship with Gatsby. At a meal gathering at the Buchanans’ house, Tom caught Gatsby staring at his own wife with awe and grew infuriated and told her lies about Gatsby. Daisy had believed Tom, yet continued to meet Gatsby. Following this event, a series of unfortunate misunderstandings and accidents happened, leading to a twisted ending.

The story ended in a way that may have dismayed many readers due to the absence of happiness, but overall this was a really well-written tragedy. The Great Gatsby evaluated how a misunderstanding could start a chain of misleading thoughts, ending with satisfaction for no one. Rather than taking the blame for someone you love and risking your life, protect them so that no one can hurt them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is honestly probably one of my favorites. I recommend everyone who has free time to check out this book sometime. A wonderful classic that cannot get any better.

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cwcyrus1
Aug 21, 2020

Set during the Prohibition Era in the 1920s, The Great Gatsby tells a tale of changes in society after the Great War. The novel reveals the disparities in quality of life and wealth, from the rich East Egg to West Egg and the poor Valley of Ashes. The narrator, Nick Carraway, meets his wealthy neighbor, Jay Gatsby, and reunites with his distant cousin Daisy and her even wealthier husband, Tom Buchanan. As the story progresses, a rivalry forms between Tom and Gatsby, as they fight for Daisy's affection. This rivalry and a disastrous mix-up lead to the tragic ending of the book.

This story emblematizes the culture and change of ideas that many experienced after the First World War. Modernist ideas were conveyed through F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing, and fit into the narrative of the story very well. The complicated and varied structure of this novel makes it a complex story that holds many references to the culture of the 1920s.

4.5/5 Stars
15 and Up

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alecbussott
Aug 18, 2020

One of the great American novels. As relevant now as it was back in the 1920s.

The novel, “The Great Gatsby,” takes place during the summer of 1922. The novel is through the lens of Nick Carraway, who recently moved into a house in West Egg. Nick’s neighbor, Jay Gatsby, owns a mansion and throws a party every Saturday night. Gatsby is trying to rekindle his relationship with Nick’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan, who is married to a wealthy man, Tom Buchanan. This novel addresses global issues such as social class and gender inequality. The novel also portrays an “American Dream” based on Gatsby’s ambitions and the society that surrounds him. I enjoyed reading this novel because there was a lot of imagery and symbolism that stands out to the reader. Also, there were many conflicts and tragedies where it left me in shock. While reading the novel, I began to understand the differences between the characters and the differences between West and East Egg people. Overall, this was a great book to read and I would recommend it.

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violet_owl_999
Aug 04, 2020

I knew of the great gatsby but I knew nothing about it. It wasn’t until this summer that decided to finally read it. Honestly it wasn’t what I expected. The plot is told through the perspective of nick caraway (I always thought that it was gatsby’s) and is about gatsby’s love to the married Daisy Buchanan. Taking place in the 1920s, it gives you a slice of what a some what normal life during that would have been like. And I say normal because that is what it is, nothing major happens throughout this book and because of this it is realistic. If your looking for a happy ending...there isn’t one and that is just how the story goes

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green_penguin_484
Jul 25, 2020

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IshaanGupta30
Jul 24, 2020

The Great Gatsby is a fictional novel with Jay Gatsby as the protagonist. Gatsby moved from the West to the East to fulfil his American Dream. The narrator is Nick Carraway who becomes a good friend of Gatsby and tries to help him find Daisy Buchanan. The two fell in love when Gatsby was poor and 5 years later Gatsby is still in love with Daisy who is now married to a rich who is very rich. Gatsby is in pursuit of love and happiness to be able to live with Daisy.
The novel is set in the roaring 20’s and is a perfect representation of the American Dream and the pursuit of it. The book is filled with symbolisms and the entire story is a metaphor. There is symbolism in a lot of details of the novel whether it may be a character or simply the color of an object. The fact that there are so many figurative languages used in a seamless manner makes The Great Gatsby a beautiful read.

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Arnavb1
Jul 06, 2020

The novel, Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a literary must-read that tells the story of a man who had it all and both his meteoric rise to fame and his quick demise. The novel follows the story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby(the man who has it all) and his journey for true love that he is constantly seeking. This is all told through the wide eyes of Nick Carraway, an ordinary person who is just as amazed of this life of luxury as the reader. This book is an extremely good read and because it was written a long time ago, the vocabulary is unfamiliar to some readers. I would rate this book 12+ because it contains some mature themes.

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kendra1972
Jul 02, 2020

The Great Gatsby is a fun read. Until someone gets hurt. I first read this in high school and I have read it many times since. It's not a deep read, very enjoyable yet tragic. It's decadent.

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gippy011
Jun 30, 2020

The Great Gatsby Review
The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald where a young man named Jay Gatsby navigates the life of the Roaring Twenties in his wealthy circle all in the name of love for one person. It can be surmised very quickly that there’s a reason this became a literary classic. This is a novel with something to say about the American lifestyle and the struggle to attain a certain goal. It speaks to the larger idea of the American Dream and what it means. While nothing really happens in the novel other than some parties and a few major events here and there Fitzgerald seems to want to say something and one must read between those lines to fully understand the review and what it’s trying to say about the culture of materialism. Gatsby is a really compelling character as is Tom Buchanan and Nick Carraway despite being little more than a narrator and side character does have his moments. This is one of those novels for people who like to dig deep into dialogue and symbolism and imagery among other literary aspects. And at that, it succeeds and when a reader comes into it with that attitude they get the most out of it and really learn more.

4.5 out of 5 stars
Age Rating: 16-above

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amithv
Jun 28, 2020

The Great Gatsby is a beautifully-written and honest novel which depicts a struggle that resides in all of us: the struggle towards great things that are often unattainable. Jay Gatsby, one of the main characters, is a mysterious millionaire who has fallen in love with a socialite named Daisy Buchanan. The only problem is, Daisy Buchanan is married to another man. What ensues is a confusing love-triangle-lattice thing between several people which leads to intense jealousy, anger, and eventual death. What makes this novel one of the best is that it is very real and it deals with a conflict that every one of us faces. It teaches readers a valuable lesson: that they may not always get what they desire, and that desire may lead to terrible consequences.

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archishan
May 28, 2020

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a revolutionary novel discussing the theme of social stratification during the roaring 20’s. Published in 1925, this novel introduces the idea of lavish parties, rising gender roles, and the value of money. The novel follows the journey of a working class man who earns new money, struggles with competitors with old money, and overcomes obstacles to rekindle his past love. This novel is a classic and I definitely recommend reading it.

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dgiard
May 08, 2020

Young Nick Carraway spent the summer of 1922 in East Egg Long Island, renting a home next to the mansion of the enigmatic Jay Gatsby. A plethora of rumours about Gatsby bounced around the small community: Gatsby is the son of European royalty; he was a German spy in the war; he once killed a man.

The two men become friends and Gatsby asks Nick to help him re-connect with his former lover Daisy Buchanan, who is now trapped in a loveless marriage.

There are many reasons why F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is a classic. It captures the spirit of the wealthy elite in the Jazz Age of 1920s America; it sings of lost love and unattainable love; and it is the kind of timeless tragedy that stays with the reader long after the novel is finished.

Gatsby represents the American dream of the self-made man, yet the old money of Long Island looks down on him. He cannot let go of the past, so he buys a mansion across the bay from his former lover; he throws lavish parties in the hope that she will attend. Gatsby reinvents himself; and he amasses a fortune, thinking it will win Daisy's heart and rekindle what they once had. He does not consider that Daisy is not the girl she was; or that she was never the girl he believed her to be. He is in love with a vision of her from the past - a vision that was never real.

Gatsby is likeable; Daisy's husband Tom is arrogant and unfaithful and violent. But Tom is from old money; born into a higher caste. And this makes a difference to Daisy.

It is a tragic story of the shallowness and arrogance of the financial and social elite. Gatsby idealized Daisy; in the same way, people overestimate the positive effect that money will have on their life. There is an emptiness inside so many of the characters.

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lkim17
May 08, 2020

Set in the summer of 1922, Jay Gatsby embarks to seek and win back his love, Daisy Buchanan, despite her already being married. Gatsby’s neighbor, Nick Calloway, watches the drama unroll as he narrates the story. The Great Gatsby is highly unique in its social and idealist themes, as well as a sort of antithesis to the American Dream. Set in the Roaring Twenties, the novel not only supplies a layer of beauty and prosperity but also details in the darker undersides of such a time. Gatsby’s entrancement in Daisy leads into a web of affairs, drama, more. This novel highlights hedonistic appeals of the Roaring Twenties, and shines a light into the social pyramid of which the book revolves around. Personally, I liked this book due to its undercurrent of themes and literary devices.

JCLEmmaC Apr 01, 2020

I read this a few years ago for school and enjoyed it and all of the 1920's glamour and romance. This time around I enjoyed the story more whereas before I was deeply analyzing the many different aspects of the novel. This book was entertaining for me to read in both situations, and is a good story to put you in a different decade.

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Abbyson1
Mar 31, 2020

For a school project, I picked a smaller average book that I quickly decided would not fit the criteria. After determining this I decided to turn back to a staple of anyone's high school English experience and reread The Great Gatsby. Once again I found myself intrigued with the constantly developing plotline and the dynamic characters around it. I've always really enjoyed reading about different time frames so if you're anything like me you will definitely enjoy this book as well. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an entertaining read about the glorified life of America during the 1920s with many takeaways that the reader can learn from and apply in their everyday life.

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PolyWogg
Mar 20, 2020

BOTTOM-LINE:
Over-rated as a classic
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
A man observes the comings and goings of a 1920s party host who is both his neighbor and a paramour of his cousin.
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WHAT I LIKED:
It is weird to go back and read this book some 35 years after high-school. I remember thinking it was this glamourous world of parties and high society, where people really did act differently from the common folk. As an adult, I see it for what it is -- a portrayal of a shallow summer, without substance or value, leading to an inevitable tragedy of people over-estimating their self-importance and narcissism. Beautifully written, harshly portrayed as Nick Carroway observes the desire by Jay Gatsby for a married Daisy Buchanan, the woman he loved but lost years before. All of the summer reads like life without consequences, an embracing of hedonism and simple pleasures, but without anyone asking if it is really what they want or just what they think they want.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
I find it intriguing that my young self saw it as a tragedy, but without particular indictment of the lifestyle of the secondary characters. They seemed more cliché or farce than real at the time, but now it just seems simply depressing across the board. I didn't care about any character anywhere in the book, not even Nick, who is mostly a blank slate.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review.

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42Vetmtz
Mar 04, 2020

Berkeley Rep just presented Gatz, a six and one-half hour performance/reading of the entire book. Get the audiobook to get an idea of what it was like.

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maipenrai
Feb 07, 2020

Wow, how does one review The Great Gatsby. My primary response to the book is that I wish I could have read it with "new" eyes - that is, not knowing the story line. I believe the impact would have been so much stronger when the tragedies struck. Just a few comments. I had the feeling that two different people were writing the book. There were paragraphs of incomparable descriptive prose - wonderful images - great colors - infinite longing. Then suddenly you are into the actual narrative dialogue and the content is largely void of imagery and very stark. I found the abrupt switch somewhat disconcerting. My view of Gatsby changed from my impressions due to the films. I had seen him as this gorgeous, seeker of his first love. After reading the book I did not see him as a hero at all. I saw him as an obsessed man who would do anything to get what he wanted. In this case it was Daisy. Only one person in the book has a conscience. That is, of course, the narrator, Nick Carraway. He attempts to be part of the "suave" rich people he sees around him, but he never feels comfortable in this role. He attempts, in addition to telling the story, to "reason" with / mediate among Gatsby and the other main characters. In the end he is the only person to mourn the losses of lives and the death of aspirations. Daisy and Tom are shallow users of people. Daisy loves being wanted, but is not about to give up anything to be "true to her first love". Tom more blatantly uses people and throws them away, but you have to grudgingly admire his honesty about what a horrible human being he is. Jordan is largely an amoral chameleon - taking and using with no compunction. This is a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare. I have never forgotten my English lesson: pathos is when horrible events occur without being caused by the sufferer; tragedy is pain brought on by the person's own actions. Every main character of this story acts to produce the death and suffering, except for Nick. His story is pathos in that he experiences the devastation and loss without acting to cause it and with no ability to prevent it. This is by no means a literary review of Gatsby - I must leave that to my betters in the world of literature. It is simply a few thoughts after reading a book regarded as one of the best of the 20th century. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Reina_M
Jan 05, 2020

I usually don't read novel's about love and opportunist women. But I
figured why not give this book a shot. Turns out the book was about so much more than what I thought. I learned various life lessons through the themes the author potrayed throughout this novel. The authors syntax and wording is complex but beautiful. I recommend this book 100%!

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Anita_Dickey
Nov 20, 2019

I read this book as part of the 300 books everyone should read once list featured on listopia. i was less than impressed. It didn't really get interesting till the last few chapters, and then it got just plain depressing.

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Chuckod451
Nov 06, 2019

Jay Gatsby is far from great, in fact he's a jerk. He's deceitful, vain, manipulative and pretty much an all around (fill in your favorite derogatory term). There's not a single empathetic character in the whole book. If you like soap operas and reality TV you might enjoy this book but I cannot emphasize enough how much I hated this book. Classic doesn't mean good.

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ilyashoy65
Nov 03, 2019

bruh this book is straight hot trash and garbage

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BCianflone
Oct 21, 2019

This is a beautiful and simple novel. During World War II, thousands of soldiers carried a copy of this book in their rucksacks, each dreaming of a girl like Daisy back home. Indeed, it was the Allied soldiers who made it so widely popular.

It might be difficult for many Americans today to comprehend the breadth and scope of this book, who are so used to making monosyllabic grunts on Instagram or Snapchat, and to fully appreciate the amazing beauty of the language and structure of this Great American Novel. The sentences are sublime. It is, however, worth the effort for all of us to enter Gatsby's world and learn from it.

The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, and it follows a cast of characters living in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession with the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

First published by Scribner's in April 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly. And so Fitzgerald died in 1940, in poverty and in ill health, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II, as innumerable soldiers would carry a copy of the novel in their duffel bags, dreaming of having a Daisy back home. The fictional Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanon were very much modeled after Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre.

Now, Fitzgerald is finally at peace, buried with Zelda Sayre at Saint Mary's Catholic Church and Cemetery, located beside the Rockville Metro Station.

Today, The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic, and many look upon it as the "Great American Novel."


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