Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Great Gatsby, why I hate this book

I am finally in the process of reading The Great Gatsby and the one thing I cannot get out of my head is a young Fred Savage asking "Is this a kissing book?"

Well although there is an abundance of useless romance aspects in the book the book is mostly about the excesses and tribulations of being rich in America.

The thing about this that I feel is that it explains to me why I hate rich people.

Why try to live happy lives when you can either buy happiness or sedate unhappiness away with booze?  I almost feel that is one of the lessons of the book.  Sedate, inebriate, buy, buy buy.  America of 1922 was much like America of today only with flappers instead of Iphones, and people when on excursions instead of online.

People got out and enjoyed themselves, but they seemed to have little if any self-control.  Tom seems like a traditional right-wing douche, he complains about women being able to get out and meet people and have flighty relationships while at the same time running around on his wife.

Gatsby is a fake, and he is good at it.  But is this really any different than all of the people of today trying to pretend they are right by leveraging everything that they may have in the future to have a fancy car today?

I hate the Great Gatsby, but the style, not the words, but the concept.

I feel it exemplifies what is wrong with America and tries to make it out that being a lie and good at it is just as good, or often better than being truthful about who you are.

No.

4 comments:

  1. The thing is, that is the point of the book. The book isn't glorifying this behavior. It is shining a critical eye on it and pointing out how ridiculous and empty it is. The book is often cited as being about the death of the "American Dream." There are lots of little ways these people are mocked throughout the book. One I remember very well is Gatsby's library being full of books that have never been opened.

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    1. Because I cannot edit my reply this is the sentence of yours I disagree with:

      "I feel it exemplifies what is wrong with America and tries to make it out that being a lie and good at it is just as good, or often better than being truthful about who you are."

      The book as I understand it communicates the exact opposite. It is a actually a very critical look at the culture of the time and in some ways is very scathing.

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    2. The thing I hate is that Tom and Daisy are basically the 1920's version of the Kardasians, vapid people who happen to have lots of money and when they kill it will all get swept under the rug.

      I hate a society that places all of its worth on monetary gain, I guess this makes me a bad American. I am fine with that.

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    3. That doesn't make you a bad American. Also you are supposed to hate them. They aren't exactly shown in the best light.

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