Book Thoughts is a not-really-book-review I do with classics. Typically, they are more of a discussion than a review.
Nick Carraway moves East, only to rent a small house next to Long Island's most prominent millionaire bachelor, Jay Gatsby. He is known for extravagant parties with hundreds of guests, but no one seems to know anything about him. Soon, though, Nick learns all about Gatsby, or more importantly, of Gatsby's undying love for Daisy... an old love he was never able to let go and who he will do anything to get back.
This Book Thoughts post may contain spoilers if you haven't read the book, so please, proceed with caution.
Is Jay Gatsby really great?
The Great Gatsby is, in my opinion, one of the most tragic love stories of all time. Jay Gatsby becomes a millionaire solely to win his lost love's heart... only to lose her again. I think everyone can agree that Daisy and Tom are despicable- they're shallow, selfish, and, of course, careless- but, unfortunately, some think that about Gatsby, too.
“They’re a rotten crowd’, I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” ~Nick to Gatsby
And on paper, Jay Gatsby doesn't seem like the ideal human being. He's constantly trying to keep up appearances, he's focused on money and superficial belongings, and he's involved in some shady business deals. But while Tom and Daisy care only about money and appearances, Gatsby does everything for a very noble reason: Love.
It is this reason that Jay Gatsby is, in fact, great.
He's a romantic, devoted and true with a hope that he holds onto no matter what. He doesn't do anything for himself, but for Daisy. There's an innocence to him, and yes, he's an idealist, but because of his love. And if love doesn't make someone noble, doesn't make someone great, what does?
Do you think Jay Gatsby is great? Sound off!