February 5, 2004

Was The Great Gatsby Really Great?

The answer to this question no! N-O with a capital N!
I just got done reading the Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald and I have to say that that was one of the best books that I have ever ready. I has all of the elements that a good story should have which are, comedy, tragedya nd the element of surprise. It just further advocates that idea that readers and people in our world today feed off drama, controversy and other people's problems. I have discussed this book with alot of me peers and they have said to me that despite the fact that it was written back back back in the day and some of the grammar is bit unfamiliar that book was "the bomb," meaning good.

Having said that I want to go and say the reason that they book is the bomb is because of all of the contoversy that is surrounding the main character. Gatsby was mysterious, but yet in still GREAT. Nobody knew the truth about him but yet he was so GREAT. His whole life was hear say but still he was GREAT. Now my only question is why was the GREAT Gatsby GREAT!

My opinion is he wasnt. I say this for many reasons and anyone who has read this story should recognize. First of all I beleive that Gatsby wasnt great beyond normal day standards. He did things that norml people could do and be considered great. But he was also very dishonest in ways. First, how did he make it to the top? He was a bootlegger. There was nothing in the story that actually came out and said that but there was a lot of evidence that suggest it and so that is what I am sticking with. So he made it to the top under the table pretty much. Second he had family (which was never heard of) and he never made any reference to his living father who was one of the feew who came to his funeral in the end of the story. Third, it has became apparent to me that the only thing that made him interesting to the eye of the public was feasible anymore either because in the end nobody really came to his funeral. He was dishonest throughout the whole story, trying make Daisy cheat on her husband, using Nick to get what he wants and being apart of his whole bootlegging thing. Its horrible. I
In the eyes of me and in the eyes of majority of society Great doesnt say that you lie, or cheat. You do the right thing. I can agree that nobody is perfect but it does well to strive higher than a liar (Hey that rhymes)!
Anyway, like I said I know that many can agree Gatsby isnt as GREAT as the title that described him.

Posted by Carla Rae Jackson at February 5, 2004 8:06 PM
Comments

You are a genius....I agree with you entirely. :) You were in my group for our discussion so of course you are right!! Great blog- I love it!

Posted by: Melissa Whiteman at February 7, 2004 3:02 AM

I was also in your group and agree. Gatsy was just a GREAT mystery. He was the GREAT talk of the parties. Being a great, good honest person was not Gatsby. I think Gatsby was great to the people that got to know him or knew him (like Nick and his Dad). I think Gatsby was just an average person like everyone else. Everyone one of out friends and family is great to us, they may not be great to the rest of the world but they are to us.

Posted by: Lorie Lawrence at February 10, 2004 1:03 PM

Gatsby is a great character in this novel because at first he is a shy person and only cares of Daisy and himself then at the end of the book he dies because of his love for Daisy

Posted by: Randall at May 20, 2004 12:52 PM

Can't you people see? Gatsby was great not for those reasons but for his determination and will of obtainging Daisy. He stuck to his dream and held fast. what makes him great is that he never ever gave up on that dream and did everything he could do archieve it. sure he did lots of bad and immoral things (i.e bootlegging) but his heart was there. he earned the money for Dasiy. thats what makes him great. Oh he also acheived the American dream....

Posted by: SkyFire at September 19, 2004 11:47 AM

One: Do not have typos in an article if you expect anyone to take you seriously. Two: great does not have to mean great in character, in can be very large or significant. Gatsby is great in the sense of his significance. There is no one in the novel more crucial to the plot than Gatsby. Gatsby is also great in society: Not great as in very good, but great as in a very large person with a lot of influence. Do you think it was coincidence that Nick, being Daisy's relative, was going to move in with another person on Gatsby's property, then "at the last minute the firm ordered him to Washington and [Nick] went out to the country alone"? That was set up by Gatsby so that Nick, being Daisy relative, would move close to him without the annoyance of an unnecessary person. Gatsby could then use Nick to get close to Daisy. Another example of Gatsby's greatness in society is in Chapter IV. While driving with Nick, Gatsby gets pulled over for speeding, and the following scene occurs: "Taking a white card from his wallet he waved it before the [police] man's eyes. 'Right you are,' agreed the policeman, tipping his cap. 'Know you next time, Mr. Gatsby. Excuse me!'" It is later stated that this card is a "Christmas card" from the commissioner because '[Gatsby] was able to do the commissioner a favor once'. The commissioner allows Gatsby to break the law and get away with it. This and the previous examples show how Gatsby is,indeed, GREAT.

Posted by: Ryan at October 31, 2004 6:10 PM

I believe that ryan is correct here, but also notice that Gatsby often appears at night time surrounded by the moon and stars. This adds to his mystery and mystical nature and therefore to his greatness.

Posted by: Jimmy at November 1, 2005 5:10 PM

Skyfire... i understood the fact that he was so determined as symbolized by the schedule that his dad found in that book, but do the ends justify the means? He rose to the top... but cheated. Had he gotten Daisy, she would have been cheating. He "had no family" even tho his dad was one of the few loyal people who really cared for him. You can't achieve the American Dream if you didn't do it right. Nothing worth it comes easy, and happiness didn't completely reach Gatsby. He was dishonest and changed his story all the time, his name isn't even Gatsby... he changed his name. Great? not so much

Posted by: Kyle at February 22, 2007 9:53 PM
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