The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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. 

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About unholypursuit

A. White, a former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  1. Amanda Stevens says:

    I know Gatsby is the tragic figure in the story but I have a hard time feeling sorry for him. He knew what type of person Daisy was before he started to woo her. He knew those like her wasn’t going to accept him in her social class. He was nothing more than a boy toy to her.

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  2. I don’t think we read the same novel. I will never interpret the book as you do. Yes, Gatsby have been around someone like Daisy; he just fell in love with Daisy and hence she was special to him. And Gatsby did rise above his social standing and was a success. What happened to him was as much down to his love for Daisy as it was due to bad luck.

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    • Hi, it’s nice to have you. Each person views or takes on a novel are differently. No, I read the same book and even the first edition. When I read a book I try to view it from all angles.

      Yes, I’m aware that Daisy was very special to him. But that still doesn’t take away the fact she was the source of his downfall. Yes, Gatsby rose to greatness that he would’ve maintained had he not fallen for her.
      To Daisy and her husband people who they considered beneath them were never to be taken seriously. It was all a game to them. An amusement that Gatsby tragically was never able to see. They both played games with other people lives.

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