The Great Gatsby
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Here's what they have to say under "Why Should I Care?":
"The Great Gatsby is a delightful concoction of Real Housewives, a never-ending Academy Awards after-party, and HBO's Sopranos. Shake over ice, add a twist of jazz, a spritz of adultery, and a little pink umbrella … and you've got yourself a 5 o'clock beverage that, given the 1920s setting, you wouldn't be allowed to drink.
The one thing all these shows and Gatsby have in common is the notion of the American Dream. The Dream has seen its ups and downs. But from immigration (certainly not a modern concern, right?) to the Depression (we wouldn't know anything about that), the American Dream has always meant the same thing: it's all about the Benjamins, baby.
Yet Gatsby reminds us that the dollars aren't always enough. As we learned from Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, you can put on the dress, but you still aren't going to know which fork to use. Especially if you're bootlegging to make the money for the dress. Even when they have the cash, newly made millionaires are still knocking at the door for the accepted elite to let them in. If the concept of the nouveau riche (the newly rich) has gone by the wayside, the barriers to the upper echelon (education, background) certainly haven't.
So there you have it. There's more to the Gatsby cocktail than sex, lies, and organized crime. Although those are there, too, which, as far as reading the book goes, is kind of a motivation in itself."
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I found myself vacillating between feeling sorry for him to wanting him to grow up to wanting him to do something normal.
He threw gifts at his intended bride who was already married to somebody else. Previous to her marriage he and she had romanced. But she was a child and when he went off to war, she couldn’t wait for him to come back and married the first guy with money who came along. Gatsby couldn’t accept this. And the girl was so dependent she didn’t want to leave her husband. Besides the fact that she was beginning to see that Gatsby was not just a flirt. He intended to get what he wanted and he wanted her. She also began to notice that he paid no attention to reality but made scenes out of his few relationships where he could be the star.