The Great Gatsby
The mysterious Jay Gatsby uses his fabulous wealth to create an enchanted world fit for his former love, Daisy Buchanan, now married to Tom. Daisy, though, is a romanticised figment of his own imagination, and the extraordinary world that he creates is equally illusory. He gives lavish, legendary parties where the guests and gate-crashers enjoy free-flowing champagne and cocktails and carefree hospitality. But a more sinister reality begins to break through, as idealized romantic figures prove to have human frailties and selfish motivations, and the grandiose world of Gatsby's creation crumbles and disillusion turns to tragedy.
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Anyone who had to read "The Great Gatsby" in High School English knows that it is about the corruption of the American Dream. It is also a snapshot of a changing world. Nick Carraway lives in the hedonistic world of Daisy, Tom and Gatsby, but he certainly doesn't approve. Gatsby is considered a classic because it is essentially a cautionary tale that shows us the consequences of selling ourselves out.
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