By Rhea Arora
Elm Staff Writer
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most beautifully articulate books I’ve read. Narrated by Nick Carraway, “The Great Gatsby” has strong themes of hope and love, which touch every heart that reads it.
The plot focuses on Jay Gatsby, an extremely wealthy man with a dark, sketchy past in search of Daisy Buchanan, his one true love, who he left when he was drafted for war. Daisy goes on to marry Tom Buchanan but never truly gives him her whole heart. Nick Carraway is Jay Gatsby’s neighbor, Daisy’s cousin and instrumental in making Daisy and Gatsby meet after years of separation.
As the story unfolds, we know that Gatsby builds his life, full of success, fame and wealth, to appeal to Daisy so that she may leave her marriage with Tom, which is almost a marriage only in name. Gatsby throws glitzy parties, which are highlights in the book, in the hope that maybe one day Daisy will attend one and bump into him. Gatsby’s life is an example of the American Dream and is motivated by constructing a lifestyle for Daisy, something that she would be happy living in.
The book describes immensely strong emotions. Gatsby’s unimaginable hope and affection towards Daisy is one of the factors that make this book a “great American novel.” Daisy and Gatsby cautiously rediscover each other and act like secret lovers. They’re almost in a rosy bubble when they’re together; there’s nothing more important than each other. The kind of adoration and love Daisy and Gatsby have for each other is vulnerable but strong. The book is a testament to the love one human being can have for another. It makes you want a love you didn’t believe could exist.
There’s more to “The Great Gatsby” than the theme of love. The story serves as motivation to turn one’s life around with determination and hard work. We see Gatsby make a life he’s always wanted, which serves as inspiration to do so for ourselves. Through perseverance, Gatsby becomes the man he believes is right for Daisy and strives to remain the same. You’re filled with an undying sense of faith that things will work out in the end.
While you await the next semester with baited breath, I highly recommend taking the time to read this book. It is not only a staple to American literature; it is a journey of emotion that will make you laugh, cry, and, most importantly, think.
There are many ups and downs in the novel, and you’re taken on a roller coaster ride of emotion. The story is written in a way so hopeful that even in the worst of times, you think of “one fine morning.”