How To Write A Reflection On The Great Gatsby

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When doing English homework, most high schoolers will find their eyes scanning the pages of the chapter for tomorrow’s discussion. They will get through 10 pages while picking up zero information from the words on the pages. You can thank boring books for that! Too often, kids are forced to read many books that are too mature for them such as Old Man in the Sea or Hamlet. Books falling into the “classics” category should be kept for college level classes. One book that shouldn’t be crossed off the list is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is a timeless book offering a range of skills to improve students reading and writing. It offers intense detail, life-long applicable themes, an engaging storyline, and historically accurate information …show more content…
One theme is, is the American dream an actual reality? When someone thinks of the definition of the American dream things like money from a high paying job, living in a nice house in a big city, serving your country, driving an expensive and fancy car, and having good family life comes to mind. This is sure what comes to Gatsby’s mind. During World War I, Gatsby was drafted and forced to leave behind his love Daisy. Then she found and married Tom while he was gone. Once Gatsby came back, it became his goal to have the perfect life so Daisy would leave Tom and come back to him. Gatsby became associated with the stock market and made it big, even if it was illegally, so he could show he could provide for her. He bought an expensive waterside house in West Egg. Ironically the mansion sits right across the water from Daisy’s house with Tom. He did that so she would see all the people at his parties he threw in hopes she might attend one. To add to this, Gatsby is a hailed war hero after returning from WWI. This shows he can take care of her. He drives a flashy car that she would want to be seen in with him. Although it may not explicitly say they type of car Gatsby drives, the speculation has been made that it is a yellow Rolls Royce. The only thing Gatsby is missing is a good family, which would be completed with Daisy. He wants the best for the woman he loves and he knows how bad Tom treats …show more content…
Gatsby is no one special in societal rankings. He doesn’t come from wealth or high class like Daisy. He comes from poverty and nothing before and after he comes back from the war. This is part of the reason she agrees to marry Tom; he comes from similar status. So to boost his status and get Daisy back, Gatsby gets a job in the stock market. He is able to get this job because he claims to have graduated from Oxford, which is a lie. With the money, he buys a massive house in West Egg. Inside the mansion you find spacious rooms filled with the most expensive furniture and maids tending to your every need. He even has “a man in England who buys [him] clothes. He sends over a selection of things at the beginning of each season, spring and fall… sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel” fill his closet (61). But all of this means nothing because it is new money. This is why he lives in West egg and not East Egg like Daisy. People who come from new money are considered lower in class because they weren’t raised like the elite were. They lack the mannerisms taught at such a young age the elite have. But in the end, no matter what Gatsby does, he will never be looked at as one of the elite for he has made his wealth

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