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.

One thought on “Don’t Go Chasing Gatsby”

  1. Hi Julie
    Your book cover is very intriguing and I could really see it on the front of a novel! The way you decided to portray the different social statuses in the book, and how the middle of the cover was separated with “…the tension between them growing as strong as a river.” (Chen 1). The nature of Tom, Daisy and Gatsby’s relation ship reminds me a lot of the famous love triangle between Gale, Katniss, and Peeta in the novel: The Hunger Games! Gale and Katniss had strong feelings for each other before she volunteered for the games; however, once Peeta and Katniss became a couple, Gale still hoped that Katniss hasn’t forgotten the feelings they once shared, which is kind of like in The Great Gatsby. Do you think if social classes and aristocrats were not present in this story it would have ended differently? How would it have ended?

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