I often find that reading can take me to various settings and periods of time through my imagination, but there are few writers who really make you feel as if you are a part of another era entirely. Through The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald does just this.
I had wanted to read something by Fitzgerald for a while and was drawn to The Great Gatsby due to it’s popularity among individuals young and old. Though once I started to read it, I must admit that the story wasn’t quite what I had been expecting.
The story starts off a little slowly though it does develop rather quickly towards the end. I had been hoping for a happy ending and was disappointed by the way Fitzgerald ended it when I finished reading, though after some contemplation I really began to understand the deeper meaning behind the story line.
The Great Gatsby touches upon issues which are still relevant today- jealousy, greed and a longing for the past which i’m sure everyone has felt at some point in their lives. It teaches of the importance of letting go and faces the sad reality that sometimes we can’t have what we desire.
I admire Fitzgerald for his honesty in story telling. He reminds us that even those with seemingly perfect, glamorous lives have their fair share of problems. Sometimes it’s best to let things go, to accept things and to stop comparing our lives to those of the people around us. After all, ‘Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.’