The Great Gatsby

Like most high school graduates, when I first read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece I was at an age where I could barely appreciate the novel. Even then, though, the book left a huge impression on me. The eloquence with which Fitzgerald crafted it drew me in unlike any other novel I had read, and despite the fact that the plot did little to hold my interest at that age. After revisiting the novel this past semester in my 20th Century Literature class my free time has once again fallen victim to the poetry of Fitzgerald’s prose.

I realize that I speak about the novel as if it is some object of literary perfection, however, as my professor pointed out this past semester, this is not entirely the case. In particular, Fitzgerald lacks subtly in his use of certain symbols, such as the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckelburg, which come off as a trite depiction of god’s gaze of judgement. Nonetheless, this novel is considered one of the greatest American novels of all time; and not simply because it tells an amazing story of the dangers that follow when a man becomes so utterly consumed in his dreams that reality could never possibly fulfill them. Rather, it is truly beloved because the words with which it is told are so meticulously arranged on the page that they rival those Joyce. Not convinced ? Well I’ll leave you with my favorite line from the novel…

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Let me know what you guys think of the novel. Should I do a full review? Either way thanks for stopping by :)


So it goes.

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4 thoughts on “The Great Gatsby

  1. lacey1122 says:

    I never had to read this book instead I read the book “Brave New World” which was in actualisty pretty darn cool. Great review :)

  2. lacey1122 says:

    Never had to read this one instead we read “Brave New World” which in actuality was really good and cool! But great review, nice to see that you can appreciate it more after reading it years later :)

    • benfaysays says:

      Thanks! I was thinking a writing a more in depth review of the novel as its one of my favorites. I’ve been wanting to read Huxely for a while now, but I’ve read a lot of distopian fiction recently so probably won’t get to it for while. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. We just finished this for school. I read it last summer and, like you in high school, did not really appreciate it. Now, as I read it again for my high school english class I find myself completely enthralled and utterly amazed at Fitzgerald’s genius. I don’t even care that some of the symbols are obvious, it takes so much thought to come up with symbols, and many of them are more subtle. As an aspiring author, I admire his writing so much (who wouldn’t!). Thanks for sharing!

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