Great Sorrow, Great Gatsby


By Sherry Yuan, Talon Staff Writer

Today I am going to introduce a book entitled The Great Gatsby.Set in the United States, during the “Jazz Age,” the novel shows two decades of the U.S. upper class and it’s luxurious but corrupt life.

The hero Gatsby served in the military during the First World War, when he met a lady named Daisy. They quickly fell in love. Gatsby was poor and could not afford to marry this beautiful young lady, and soon the troops went to Europe. After the war, Gatsby returned to the United States, in order to be able to rekindle old dreams with Daisy and to engage in illegal trade, from which he earns a lot of money. He tried to re-win Daisy’s affections and bought a luxurious mansions where he constantly threw parties in hopes that Daisy would one day wander into his home.

It is a melancholy tale of excess where the people don’t live happy ever after.

Gatsby achieved the dream of overnight riches, but in the end his dreams were naive and were finally shattered. His dream lover Daisy is just a vulgar, superficial, and hedonistic woman, with no sense of moral responsibility.
I asked one of my friends Carol for her opinion on the novel to gain more insight. She had read the book a couple of times. She said her favorite part of the novel was when Gatsby died, he still thought Daisy loved him, but actually she did not. In my opinion, I love all parts of this book, it moved me a lot, and it was a really sad book.