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Definitely a classic and always will be a classic. And for good reason. As a sophomore in high school, this book did not keep my attention. As a college student, I enjoyed reading it way more.

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"The Great Gatsby" is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It takes place during the time period of the 1920s where everyone was trying to just get away with doing what they want and how they want it. This was the decline of the American Dream during that time. There were no social or moral values and there was a constant empty pursuit of pleasure. The major aim of this book is focused on the American Dream. Can you get what you want?
The main characters, Tom and Daisy, as well as George and Myrtle live in the Valley of Ashes. They have somewhat of a sad and pathetic life. They don't really love each other anymore. They are all having affairs and not being faithful to one another. George and Myrtle donít really have a way to get what they want. They are poor; their lives are at a dead end. It makes sense for the both of them to die because they donít really have anything to live for. Myrtle was not happy and George was not happy without Myrtle. Jay Gatsby, he couldnít ever get what he wanted because he was constantly striving to retrieve the impossible. He had this dream of being with Daisy who was already married to Tom. The idea that you are everything from your past made Gatsby go back and be with Daisy. She did love Tom at some point and had a child with him which you cannot take away. What Gatsby wanted her to say was that she never loved Tom and always wanted to be with him. But for all the bad things that Gatsby does, you still respect because he's a good person at heart .Even though Gatsby felt that he should have Daisy even though it was impossible for her to be with him, he never gave up on his dream. He confronted Tom and thought that he and Daisy can be together. Myrtle also couldn't ever get what she wanted from George or Tom because of the fact that they were both dysfunctional which led to the death of Myrtle.
The last line in the book mentions "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past". We learn that You canít go back and erase things. You have to deal with what you have now and become the best you can be.
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User Review  - Haley Baker - Goodreads

The Great Gatsby is set in the roaring 20's, what a fabulous decade to imagine! An era of distinct class diversion, culture differences, and prohibition. I enjoy reading about the heated and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aaron - Goodreads

Interesting character, this mystery man, Jay Gatsby is. This book is short, 180 pages. I think this short novel could have been excellent, if it was at least three hundred pages long. Wonderful story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brittney Newbury - Goodreads

I read this book for the first time as a high school student and really enjoyed it. I have since then picked it up many times and still find the same attentiveness I had for it the first time. I enjoy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maree ♫ Light's Shadow ♪ - Goodreads

A classic that breaks down perceptions on so many levels. There's probably not much to be said here that hasn't already been said by some academic or another, but I love how you're seeing through the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Charlene Intriago - Goodreads

Even though I have seen the movie with Robert Redford and knew the story, I had never read this book and wanted to after reading The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. Bohjalian uses The Great Gatsby as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Catfantastic - Goodreads

Even odds this is the first time anyone's ever said this about The Great Gatsby, but I read the book because I enjoyed the video game so much. (Oberon, not NES--I can't believe there's more than one ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rebekah - Goodreads

This book did not impress me. There were a few scenes that I liked, but besides that I didn't enjoy it at all. 6/14/14 After thinking about this book for a while, I actually really ended up liking it ... Read full review


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