Book Review: The Great Gatsby

By: Casey T.

The Great Gatsby

F. Scot Fitzgerald

1925

Fiction

The journey one mysterious man undergoes through the muddled aspects of love and achievement is centered within the time inclusive to World War I, where additional connections tactfully blossom between unlikely people.

Although beginning at a slow pace, The Great Gatsby effectively, yet also in times discreetly, unfolds into a complex labyrinth of relations.  Once past the beginning, which can easily be conquered with much determination, the story elevates until its closing peak. By having the most profound and astonishing events take place towards the end, the reader is left taken aback. Once allowed the time to penetrate, however, the ending wraps up the wide dimensions of a realistic plot flawlessly.

The tale overall is told under a veil of brilliant vocabulary. As if each event were a piece of a remarkable mosaic, the pieces overlap and don’t quite fit together physically, but give the illusion of perfection. The story, in this case, would be the mosaic where each supporting event represents a piece. Often the vocabulary clouds the roots of what’s actually happening, but when dug into, the reader can find the whole piece in its purest form. Other proceedings are unmistakably clear; thus, by further delving into the story, one must put the pieces together correctly to discover the true meaning.

Most of the smaller occurrences that compose the main string of events are elaborated upon without providing a description of their relevance at the beginning. This at first, has a tendency to confuse the reader, yet within the progression of the explanation, one can “connect the dots” with ease. In some circumstances, the conclusion is harder to draw, only proving that one must pay full attention to every word and/or detail. If the reader is truly willing to provide what is necessary to understand the story, they must read in between the lines carefully.

Many of the finite details not initially put forth but merely alluded to, eventually arise in the most convenient times, thus adding more dynamics into the complexity of the tale. These tend to stick particularly within the reader’s mind because of the immaculate job the author does in describing everything. Eventually, when nearly forgotten, associations between these are made and hidden significant pieces of the story are found.

By emphasizing how everyone embarks on the involuntary adventure of finding the true meaning of life and its ups and downs, The Great Gatsby symbolizes the unorganized distinct course we’ll take that is unpredictable. Frequently the past is one of the most important tools of this process. Indirectly, a cycle soon occurs where the shady corners and values of the easily relatable subject come into light.  We are all helplessly at will to the turbulence of life, and how anything can happen at any given, unexpected time.

The work of Kurt Vonnegut shares a small collection of similarities with the distinct writing style used in The Great Gatsby. As seen in many of Vonnegut’s abstract literary masterpieces, there is always something more that begs the reader to uncover what a seemingly ridiculous instance meant. Under the reputation of such a respected author, one may question where the outrageous ideas came from. Fitzgerald slides this aspect into his literature as well, yet the manner is subtle and is not meant to frustrate, but to motivate the reader into pulling it apart. This encouragement is more effective then the provocation Vonnegut provides his audience in order to unwind the story. The process of uncovering the true meaning takes more effort for Fitzgerald’s style, although the reward is beneficial.

Specifically in Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, time is used to aid the account in an interesting manner. Fitzgerald too, uses time to the best of his advantage, yet each period is harder to distinguish. The use of time ties back into the association of smaller details and how they assist in drawing conclusions, even if the intervals are mentioned inconspicuously and/or on the edge of carelessness. Vonnegut in this case, bestows consistency in this technique and allows the reader to focus on the story as opposed to combining relations, making Slaughterhouse-Five easier to disentangle.

Although many cinematic versions exist, none can compare to the skill in which the book was written. It truly is disappointing how the films misrepresent the venerated novel. Such a narrative should have never become a film, let alone many. The Great Gatsby is A-list for a reason, which isn’t immediately apparent, yet by eliminating the vital need for the reader or recipient to draw their own conclusions upon their willingness to, as was clearly intended, everything is dramatically changed and the purpose is lost.

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