Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Great Gatsby

I loved The Great Gatsby. It was easy to read, and the voice was incredible.  Fitzgerald replaced cliches with vivid descriptions. Whether it be through metaphors, hyperboles, or similes, the image was immediate and clear. The comparisons were never abstract or simply put in to sound cool. Each one was picked to invoke the exact image and emotion needed. And, often times, the descriptions were ironic, giving the book a sense of dry humor. Just when the book began to become heavy or depression, a phrase would appear with a touch of irony, encouraging the reader to read more.

Besides being well written, The Great Gatsby teaches a lesson well. It shows the dangers of forgetting morals and living only for pleasure in a very real sense. Although it might appear that all ended well for Daisy and Tom, the reader sees the results their actions had on everyone else. Even Nick, who has no part in the affair besides besides that of an audience, is affected. And did not end well with Tom and Daisy; after all, each of them has lost someone they loved. The Great Gatsby shows how guilt and justice work in the real world. Not everyone is caught or punished, but no one is left with no consequences. The Great Gatsby  is no fairy tell where there's one bad guy and one hero, but a reflection of the grayed-out mess of reality. There are no heros, no villains, but in the end, crimes are still paid for. Because no matter who rich or privileged you are, consequences still follow.

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