The Great Gatsby is a story about classicism. It has a social message. The ugliness of the story is that it’s is actually a graphic prototypical of the Sisyphean fable of the futility of attempting to rise above your station in life. Rise above the lot one was born into and what happen to those who do.
In another word F. Scott Fitzgerald was saying the motto of “Liberty and Justice for all” “Hard word pays off.” was really a form of brainwashing. He was saying it only applied if you were born into the ‘right’ class and ‘right’ color.
Although, this was published in 1925 there’s still an unspoken stigma of it around today.
For example: All the classics we know today from the Greek Tragedies to Shakespeare and thereafter were not written to be performed for the poor or the masses.
Plays written for the poor were more or less a minstrel show. (No, a minstrel show is not an American origin. They existed long before the United States. They existed as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. They were performances for the poor.) They were not nobly performed and dignified displayed. They were stupid and insulting. Mainly because it was believed that was all the masses could understand since 95% were unable to read and write. Their entertainment was open street theatreing. The actors performed exaggerated likeliness of the common people for their amusement. A common scene was the loud, nagging fish-wife and the drunken abusive husband.
That’s why educators of the late 1800’s worked so fervently to change this. That’s why they introduce and install the classics in school children. They aren’t just old stuffy literature. Knowing the classics could open doors ways that would other wise been closed to the person. Because upward mobility still depend a lot on social networking in real life.
That’s how Gatsby got in the social setting to meet Daisy. Having never really been around someone like her he thought she was a lady of virtues, out of his league and became smitten with her. His downfall was he let his guard down and fell for someone who really wasn’t worth his time.
So, no the classics are not dying out. It’s that those who pulled into this agenda by zestful educators of the past who are forsaking them for what it was originally said as their only level of understanding.
Who knew we would be still living The Great Gatsby nearly a hundred years later.