Book Challenge Day 12 – Favourite 20th Century Novel

It’s no secret that ‘The Great Gatsby’ is one of my favourite novels. I’ve already written about how inspired I am by its author – F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve also written about how much I love this novel, honestly, I could talk about that all day every day!

Daisy and Jay had a relationship and presumably fell in love. At the time Jay was a soldier and was sent away after meeting Daisy. When he was away Daisy got married to Tom Buchanan and had a daughter. After Jay got back he bought a huge house opposite Daisy’s house (creepy). The parties Jay threw every week were attended by everyone and anyone. Jay had hoped Daisy would one day attend and they could meet again; She never attended.

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It’s a ‘love’ story centred around Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby is egoistic and manipulates Daisy by becoming this rich man – all she could ever want – then making her choose between him and her husband (although he is a right dick) and daughter. It’s sad, but enlightening at the same time.

I love the story because you can take it any way you want. As in, do you think Gatsby really loved Daisy? Or was he stuck in the idea of loving her after all these years? When you really look at it, there’s a lot to think about. That’s what I love about F. Scott Fitzgerald – he uses his writing to subtly play with your mind. I don’t know if other people feel the same way about the book as I do, but this is my interpretation.

I know a lot of people studied ‘The Great Gatsby’ in school, so you have probably been taught to interpret it in a completely different way from how I feel. That’s okay. That is what I love about literature. There is no right or wrong way to think about things – there are many ways, I think, you can interpret ‘The Great Gatsby’. But, if you really believe it is a story about love, then I highly recommend you read it again and then make up your mind.

If you’ve read ‘The Great Gatsby’, what was your interpretation? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Bx

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