By: Irydian Jimenez
The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a great American writer who was born on September 24, 1896. One Major thing he accomplished to write was The Great Gatsby in April 10, 1925.
This book continues to be a very popular american story because it explains the romance of the 1920s. “The Great Gatsby made Fitzgerald an average amount of money,” said Mrs. Riha, 11th grade English teacher. “After his death, he got very popular because of his very classical book. All his life he felt like a failure.”
The Great Gatsby is a book taken place in the 1920’s with a narrator named Nick Carraway. The 1920’s was a period of time in which the selling of alcohol was illegal and people were classified by the money that they did or didn't have. “The selling of alcohol being illegal made the book better. Then Gatsby wouldn't be rich,” explains Dania Anaya, a Junior.
At the beginning of the book, Nick moves to West egg in Long Island which is classified as “new money.” “New money” is money that is made rather than “old money” which is money that is inherited. “I think that they both fall into being the same thing,” said Jenny Medina, a Junior. “Old money at some point was New Money because someone had to have worked hard to get the money for their ancestors.”
Nick Carraway later meets his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, the main character of the movie/book. “He is a mysterious, hot and he very honest man,” said Bryanna Gonzalez, a Junior. Jay gatsby is introduced to be a man with a lot of money who throws huge parties at his house and doesn't attend them.
One day at one of his parties, Jay Gatsby meets Nick Carraway. “Nick is portrayed as the author of the book throughout it he shows his different perspectives of the world,” said Ixcel Enciso, a Junior.
Gatsby later finds out that Nick is Daisy Buchanan's cousin. Daisy Buchanan is a young beautiful women, also known as “The Golden Girl.” “My favorite character was Daisy. I liked her because she was the only character who I thought was realistic. Gatsby's had everything, but we don't really know people like that. I thought Daisy was an example of what men and women can be. They destroy things and do what they think is right without caring about others,” says Jordy Najera, a Junior.
Gatsby plans to re-encounter with Daisy through Nick because five years before,they were deeply in love before he went to war.When Daisy and Gatsby meet again for the first time in 5 years, they seem to fall back in love again. “Gatsby looked at Daisy the way that every girl would like to be looked at,” narrates Nick Carraway (Fitzgerald).
The only thing that is stopping them from being together forever is that Daisy is married to Tom Butcherman. “I believe that their love isn't real because she only loved him if he would have been rich and Gatsby only loved her for her social status,” said Mayleen Batres, a Junior.
“There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice,” narrates Nick Carraway (Fitzgerald). Although in the past, they were both deeply in love with each other, does not mean that there love will be exactly the same all over again because times change and so do people.
“I would recommend the book to people if you want to learn more about the american culture in the 1920s.” says Maylen Batres, a Junior. The Great Gatsby explains a lot of the cultural traditions during this time period.
The book not only will give you an insight of people during this time but also help you learn about the love story between Daisy and Gatsby. “The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books. It's a book that teaches about a time period in history and is a good piece of literature,” said Ms.Riha.
The book has ups and down, happy and sad parts, but it helps teach you about different lessons. “I liked the book because it taught the readers that money can't buy happiness. Gatsby got rich because of his love for Daisy, but that did not exactly grant him happiness,” said Aleah Solis.
“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss,” said Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. Do not miss the opportunity to read this amazing book full of twist and turns. You may be able to borrow a school copy if you ask Mrs. Riha.
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