The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1255 Words Nov 25th, 2014 6 Pages
Arik V. Russell

English III

Mr. Christensen

Block 2

Great Gatsby Experience

The book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald has been read in schools for decades. The experience is different for everyone. Some may love this book while others just purely hate it. I have to say I am in between loving and hating this book. I do like the look into the lives of the rich of the 1920s and I did enjoy the overall story. However the cheating I wasn’t fond of. I do understand that is what happens with the rich so I do enjoy the fact that it historically accurate. Another topic that I will touch upon is the drunkenness and reckless driving portrayed, quite accurately, for this time period.

First, I will address, in my opinion, the positives of this book. I do find it fascinating to see the lives of the rich and see how they live, what they do, how money is spent so quick and easily, and the vastly large homes they own. Nick says his house is an “eyesore, but it was a small eyesore,” in comparison to his neighbors’ houses. He rents his house “for eighty dollars a month” while his neighbors’ pay “ twelve or fifteen thousand a season”. An example of the rich spending money quickly, and acting like it flows from rivers or something of that sort, is when Myrtle sees a dog for sale and wants Tom to buy it for her. Tom says to the boy selling the dog “Here’s your money. Go and buy ten more dogs with it.” This shows the ability of the rich to spend money willy nilly…
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