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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  - Aleena - Goodreads

This book just became one of my favorites; and the impeccable writing if F. Scott Fitzgerald had more role in it than the plot. I found the plot not very special but its execution- GAH! AWESOME. Books like these remind you why you started reading in the first place. Read full review

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User Review  - Marci Laevens - Goodreads

Somehow I did not read this book in High School like everyone else! Then, I saw the movie before I read the book (I NEVER do that). I thought the movie was ok and decided that I really wouldn't like ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ruthmgon - Goodreads

This is one of those novels that I can't believe I hadn't read before. You hear the title and the name is iconic and familiar even if you know nothing about it. After I read a recent novel chronicling ... Read full review

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User Review  - Etha Frenkel - Goodreads

Years ago I made several abortive attempts to read Gatsby but dropped it after only a few pages. This time I felt the same way at first and even after a few chapters felt that there was no way I would ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kressel Housman - Goodreads

I read this back in high school, and I should probably re-read it for better appreciation, but I remember liking it at the time, if only because my essay on the test about it got me an A. I even ... Read full review

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User Review  - Trey Elerick - Goodreads

This was a good book. It has well-developed characters and suspense scenes. I would recommend this book to anyone. Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

I liked this, I did. I am not yet to the point where I could ever possibly consider it THE book of the 20th century. But maybe let me think about it some more. Read full review


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