Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald's well known piece of literature, The Great Gatsby, is a deeply intricate work of fiction. In 1922 a well educated man named Nick Carraway moves from the dull Midwest to West Egg, New York, for a new sense of adventure and work. West Egg is infamously known for its residents' constant partying, for gossipy socialites and for a man named Jay Gatsby. Peeking over his long majestic lawn, Carraway discovers Gatsby and is intrigued by his mysterious new neighbor. Gatsby is known for his gothic mansion parties and well circulated rumors. After confronting Gatsby and befriending him, Jay's aura and wisdom captivated Nick and led him to believe he was an amazing person. The two of them formed a very special friendship that would impact Nick for the rest of his life.

The book is also full of drama, infidelity and death. The Great Gatsby was written to speak of an underlying truth about the corruptions of society in the 1920s and how wealth takes a toll on morals. The book is somewhat difficult to read without any help because there are so many underlying messages and similes it can be somewhat hard to follow. If you like to read books that are easy to follow and read, most likely this book isn't for you. But if you want to read a classic, challenging piece of American literature, The Great Gatsby is up your aisle.

Mimi K.

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