It took me alot longer to actually pick up the book and start reading it than it actually took me to read it. The holidays and prepping for some upcoming trips managed to monopolize my time.
SO to be honest, I have never read this book before now. I managed to take the class on Shakespeare in high school instead of the one that read this one. Thank Goodness.
This book made no sense to me, there was no real plot or moral to the story. It seemed like a mess of random facts that seem unrelated. It jumps from the character, to Gatsby, to random passerby’s. Honestly, I’m not sure why this is considered a classic or how they made a whole movie about it. 180 pages of random thoughts about Gatsby or some nonsense. We don’t even meet Gatsby till page 48. I don’t know.
But, I did like a few of the lines.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, ” just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
That is said as advice from the main characters father and seems pretty positive of an outlook to me. Some people may not be able to achieve the same things as you simply due to their limited circumstances. They may be able to do the exact same things you are able to with your resources.
Not everyone in this world is born equal in the monetary sense. It may be easier for some than others to accomplish things. But, that does not mean it is impossible to overcome difficult scenarios.
“Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.”
That is one way to phrase that sentence. Reserving judgement and giving a person extra chances is a form of hope. Or a form of stupidity, take your choice. Yes, second chances may be necessary until you’re giving them an infinite number of chances and allowing them to take advantage. At some point you ave to decide the character of a person. Either so you know to avoid them or let them in.
That’s about all of the positivity I have for The Great Gatsby. Let me know how you feel about it.
I hope everyone out there, if there is even anyone bothering to read this, had a wonderful holiday and didn’t let their family get to them too badly. Happy Late Thanksgiving.