Review Of The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the greatest novelists of his time, and has written many novels about the American Dream during the Swinging Twenties, and the materialism that came with that dream. "The Great Gatsby" is one of those novels. "The Great Gatsby" is about a man, Nick Carraway, who moves to the east coast of New York in the 1920s. He moves next door to an extremely wealthy man named Jay Gatsby who has an extraordinary gift of hope. The woman who lives across the bay is Gatsby's long-lost love, and Gatsby tries extremely hard to make her come back to him. Daisy, the woman that Gatsby loves, is already married, but when the two meet for the first time in five years, Daisy falls back in love with Gatsby and forgets about her arrogant and egomaniacal husband, Tom.

When I first started reading the novel, I couldn't get into it at all.

I would have to put the book down to keep from falling asleep. Then after painfully getting through the first part of the book, my interest arose. I began to enjoy reading the book very much. By the end, I was extremely drawn into the actual story. I realized this when I started actually getting angry with Tom at how pathetic and immoral he was. At the same time, I would be sympathizing with Gatsby for his hope and his amazing skill in making dreams come true. Too bad that those dreams do not achieve his expectations, or deserve his effort.

F. Scott Fitzgerald has an amazing writing style. The way he wrote this novel, making Nick Carraway narrate in both first and third person, presenting only what Nick himself observes works flawlessly. This method is successful because Nick not only narrates, but also...