Some stories have characters who have deep and dark secrets which goes beyond human conscience; those secrets are one of the most dangerous secrets you could ever imagine them to be. But only a few secrets are as pleasant and pleasing as in The Great Gatsby.
“Gatsby, What Gatsby?”
“Who is Mr. Gatsby?”
“Why does he host such extravagant parties?”
“I heard he killed a man once.”
“I heard he was in American War.”
“I heard he’s a bootlegger.”
The speculation around who Jay Gatsby is something of a mystery that you would want to find out not because what his motive is but because why does he throw so many parties? Those parties are one of the best parties that I have witnessed in a book, mind you; but what makes those parties so special and why Mr. Gatsby feels inclined to throw so many parties to so many people? When weekend hits, Gatsby’s is the place to be. Whole New York is present in these parties and they are as bizarre as they can be, crazy as you can imagine them to be, they are parties you would want to be invited to.
Thus Nick Carraway receives an invitation to Gatsby’s parties. The reason he is mentioned so briefly (only his name is given to you by me) is because he is squeezed in the West Egg town between great mansions of Mr. Gatsby and other rich fellas. If you want to know about Nick Carraway, he is a Yale graduate, World War 1 veteran in his thirties, making a living by selling bonds.
Despite the name of the book, the story for almost half of the book seems like the one of Nick Carraway than of Jay Gatsby but as plot progresses, it becomes as much of Gatsby as it was of Carraway. Jay Gatsby had an intention and a favor to ask of Mr. Carraway and that favor will change their lives, forever.
“I knew it was a great mistake, for a man like me to fall in love.”
Roaring Twenties; was one of the most influential era’s in American History. It was a time for parties, jazz, dancing, television, but also at the same time, of patriotism. Booze was cheaper and cars were in fashion, new inventions that we use in our daily life now a days were taking their toll on people. Had it been not for the twenties, we wouldn’t so much celebrate the technology that we now so profoundly use; technology is at its peak in current modern times, there are new inventions almost every year, there are countless dance shows and Jazz is an amazing form of music and dancing, television that we watch almost every day does not have as much groove currently as it had before and had it not been for television, you might never have had Netflix,I know you have been binge watching Daredevil. Twenties was a time for party, but in midst of it all was one man, who did not care for these leisure. There was only one thing that he wanted, and it costed him almost; everything.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
Briefly: The Great Gatsby is story of a man doing everything that he can to bring back his past, to relive those moments that he so desperately desires and the moments that he had so easily lost. Some memories should just fade away, but those who don’t, it turns a man into, well, Gatsby. I won’t go as far as to say that I loved every part of the book, that would be exaggeration but I would say that I enjoyed the book to the lengths that it gave me a brief idea what Roaring Twenties were, and another reason why I should not hold onto the past. I will forget Jay Gatsby sooner rather than later (as I already forgot Nick Carraway, most of him anyway) but no matter if I remember it or not, story of Jay Gatsby would be one of those odd stories that grabbed you in with its authentic style of writing (and wildly description for such an old book) and these crazy character who did bizarre things. The Great Gatsby might not have the most interesting of stories, or the greatest of characters but that ending will remain with me, for a little longer then I intend it to.
“We beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”