The Great Gatsby Review

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The Great Gatsby is a striking and masterful commentary on the lives of Americans, with the special focus of those living on the East Coast. It is an insightful and unbiased depiction of the clash between old money depicted through Tom and Daisy Buchanan and the debasing and vulgar display of sheer richness or wealth by new money as specified by Jay Gatsby. The wide chasm or yawning gap that lay across the two classes is vividly depicted even at their locations. The two locations spoken of here are the East Egg area, dotted with elegant mansions, which is the cradle to old money, while the West Egg boasts of opulent, garish houses, populated by the newly rich. Separating the two different worlds is the valley of ashes, representing the divide between the two moneyed classes, an abyss which was impossible to bridge.All of Fitzgerald’s characters are what makes this novel stand out as a masterpiece of fiction, because it mirrored the attitudes that were so very prevalent in the society of the day. Jay Gatsby is the typical prototype of the 1920’s self-made American, through whom we come to understand about the metamorphosis of a simple and ordinary Mid-west young lad into one of the most sophisticated and legendary celebrities, who becomes the talk and the very heart of New York society.Gatsby procured both an aura of power and mystery achieved through the technique of delayed character revelation which lends a theatrical quality to the man, which was very much in keeping with his persona of the kind of person who lives life as if it were a dramatic event and as one who has created his own self out of his Platonic self-conception. But behind this queer veneer of flamboyance lurks a very sensitive man who is madly and deeply in love with Daisy, he succumbs to criminal dealings to accumulate more wealth, just to impress his dear love Daisy.