Don’t Go Chasing Gatsby

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I love you, he said as she slowly tore him apart. She was his poison, but something so strong that it knocked him cold. She didn’t love him, and deep inside he knew it, but he didn’t believe it.

The resolution of The Great Gatsby by F. S. Fitzgerald wasn’t that great. It portrayed betrayal and disloyalty; however, it also depicted the social hierarchy that is West and East Egg, and basically all of New York at that time. There were the old aristocracies like Tom and Daisy, and there were the fresh wealth, played by Gatsby and Nick. Old aristocracies disliked the newly rich, they find them not mannered and lacking in social graces. Because with all the new wealth, the aristocracies feel threatened, that they might get thrown off the very top. Behind the scenes, Gatsby and Daisy are sneaking around, and Gatsby is convinced that Daisy loved him. One dark day comes along, when Gatsby felt the urge to make Daisy his officially, confessing all they have done to Nick, Jordan, and Tom. Bedlam erupts between the five, whilst Daisy, Jordan and Nick, are trying to keep it civil, Tom and Gatsby are far from it. (spoiler alert!) Gatsby and Daisy driving back, they cause a bloody murder. Mrs. Wilson, looking innocent on the road, but waving like a mad women, gets crushed underneath the two’s car. Gatsby and Daisy drive faster and faster, Daisy shocked by the encounter falls into Gatsby’s lap, and Gatsby drives away. Mr. Wilson, seething and furious, with the bang of his gun, murders Gatsby. Daisy and Tom act like nothing happened, and she wasn’t responsible. Without a word, leaving town.

In my book cover, I drew Gatsby seeing everything in black and white, except for the flowing river that separates him from Tom and Daisy. The flowing river represents the tension between them growing as strong as a river. The two people on one side representing Daisy and Tom, how Daisy will always go running back to Tom. Though she has no feelings for Tom, he is an aristocracy, and she needs the status. Lonely and deserted, Gatsby is drawn on the other side, as he is no longer in their lives, he will always be a reminder, of what they have done. Showing the line between the higher hierarchies, compared to the lower.

Impressing the Impressive

The ever so Great Gatsby. He was so foolishly infatuated with Daisy, a girl who couldn’t accept him because he was once a poor boy when they first met, and he carried a mysterious vibe wherever he went. The conflict between him and Daisy, and the matter of impressing Daisy, was tough.

In the story, ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the story is told in the point of view of Nick, Gatsby’s neighbor. It was set in the summer of 1922 in Long Island, New York. The story of Nick, who goes to visit Daisy, his cousin, and lives next door to a mysterious man by the name of Jay Gatsby. With Nick’s help Gatsby and Daisy are reunited. Though a joyous occasion, conflict stirs between Daisy and Gatsby. Since Gatsby has a mysterious past, “…and I knew why Jordan Baker had believed he was lying… I wondered if there wasn’t something a little sinister about him, after all.” (Fitzgerald 40). Daisy is reluctant to accepting him, much less, showing affection towards him.

During the rising action, the most prominent conflict is the one between Gatsby and Daisy. Gatsby is constantly trying to impress Daisy, and getting her to accept him. But because of difference in social classes, Daisy doesn’t warm up to him. For me, this happens in many difference occasions. When I first went to Beijing New Talent, not many people accepted me; it was because I was different, in the way that I wasn’t a fluent Chinese speaker, even after my first year, and I started becoming better at Chinese, they didn’t care to learn that I now understood most things. It was like how Gatsby – before he inherited all his families’ money – wasn’t accepted by many, and yet after, they still were iffy about him, “‘My God, I believe the man’s coming,’ said Tom. ‘Doesn’t he know she doesn’t want him?” (64). Sure he was impressive, but so was Daisy, and impressing the impressive, was a truly difficult matter.