“The lawn and drive had been crowded with the faces of those who guessed at his corruption—and he had stood on those steps, concealing his incorruptible dream, as he waved them goodbye.
I thanked him for his hospitality. We were always thanking him for that—I and the others” – Nick Carraway.
The Great Gatsby is one of those novels that blurs the line between what is morally wrong and right. It has you pulling for who is the seemingly lesser of two evils. Should you feel for the polygamist who is cheating on his wife or for the bootlegger who is having an affair with the man’s wife who is cheating on her?
I’ll be honest. I had no clue what this book was about before I had to read it in English, and I didn’t really want to read it, but it turned out to be pretty good. There was also a movie that we watched after we read it, did projects on it, and wrote an essay test for it. I eventually fell in love with it so I naturally went to see the new adaption Baz Luhrmann did of it.
”There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.” This sentence besides the last line of the book: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” is my favorite because it tries to wrap up the types of characters you will likely see in this world. Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle are the pursued. Gatsby, Nick, and Tom are the pursuing, and they are all the busy and the tired.
Gatsby correctly wonders at the fact that if he had not fallen in love with Daisy if he would have turned out alright, and I think he would have. She is his incorruptible dream. My English teacher warned me about what happens when you place someone upon a pedestal. They are bound to fall off, and while she never gets knocked off, she does diminish the value of his illustrious mansion he bought to be across from the green light at the end of her dock, and she fails to wait for him. She breaks her promise and then after even rekindling their romance she says “I could never say I never loved Tom. Even alone it wouldn’t be true.”
What’s even more annoying and heartbreaking to me, is that she doesn’t even attend the funeral when Jay dies. She gallops off to a vacation with her daughter Pammy and Tom, letting him take the rap for Tom and her’s vast carelessness. She said that she was cynical now and thinks everything is awful nowadays, but she was really the awful one. I’m a huge fan of the Lana del Ray song that’s chorus is: “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful? Will you still love me when I’ve got nothing left, but my aching soul. I know you will, I know you will, I know that you will.” I used to think that was from Daisy’s point of view, but now I’m not so sure. It would make more sense if it was Gatsby. He’s ultimately saying, even if I didn’t have my money, or throw obnoxious parties all for you, would you still love me. Sobering stuff.