February 23, 2015
Book Report: The Great Gatsby
In the novel
“The Great Gatsby” by F.Scott Fitzgerald, the events are told through the view of its narrator, Nick Carraway. In the book Nick is a young yale graduate who is both apart of and distant from the world he describes in the book. After moving to New York, Nick purchases a small house next to an eccentric millionaire who he is yet to meet named Gatsby. Gatsby throws extravagant parties every saturday which nick finds out were in the hopes his long lost lover,
Daisy, would wander in. Daisy also happens to be Nick's cousin, and is married to Tom
Buchanan, who is unfaithful to her, but she turns a blind eye to his behavior. When gatsby gets news of this, he convinces Nick to invite daisy to his house for tea, and that he would be waiting for her to reconnect. After they have tea, the book then showcases their love, and how complicated Gatsby and Daisy's relationship is. At the end of the book, Daisy and Gatsby are driving in his car and Toms mistress, Myrtle, runs into the street and they hit and kill her. When
Myrtle's husband, George, discovers that it was Gatsbys car who killed his wife, he goes to gatsby's house and shoots him. At the end of the book Nick makes a remark which says “out of the hundreds of people who attended his parties not one came to his funeral. And from Daisy, not even a single rose.” This quote proves that money and popularity and wealth cannot buy you love, or affection or friends and that greed will lead to a very lonely life. This whole book is centered around the eccentric lives of millionaires and how complicated money and wealth can cause your life to become. The underlying theme is that money and power and dreams can only suffice for so long, and that you'll still be left with your problems in the end.
There are many Significant quotes throughout this novel, that have very deep meanings. One quote that really stands out to me is said by Daisy at the beginning of book when she's speaking to Nick at her house. Shes telling about how she felt when she had child and they told her it was a girl and she said “I hope she’ll be a fool-- thats the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” This quote has a lot of significant meaning in the book, and is a reflection of Daisies own relationship with her husband. Though Tom has affairs with other women,and Daisey knows, she acts as though she doesn't and in a sense remains a fool in
Toms eyes. This also shows how messed up Daisies mentality of things are, instead of her daughter having a mind of her own, she would rather her stay blind to the horrible things in her life and be a “beautiful little fool”.
Another quote in this book that stood out to me is at the end of the book, in the last few lines as
Nick talks about his new found hatred for New York and the people there, and how cruel they are he says “After Gatsby's death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes’ power of correction.” This quote beings to explain why In the beginning of the book, and movie, Nick is talking to a doctor at an asylum. He's there because the corruption of the people in east and west egg broke him and made him realize the world is an evil place. This quote is also significant because it's incredibly relatable to real life. People in our society are solely out for themselves and are corrupt and let money and greed and popularity cause them to change their morals.
February 23, 2015
The last quote that stands out to me is when Nick is talking about driving through the Valley of
Ashes. At this point he says “The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg… look out of no face, but instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose. …But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground.” This could be considered a symbol in the book. It's the concrete idea that no