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I made a new Jane Austen themed bookmark :)
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My review for this week is on “The Great Gatsby” only because the film is being released soon! I’m assuming many of you have read it hence, the somewhat spoilers I am about to reveal. Gatsby is one of my favorite novels because of the beautiful and gorgeous prose. If you know me, you know that F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors for his incredible descriptions and storytelling. This novel is focused on Jay Gatsby told from the point of view of Nick Carraway, his neighbor. Gatsby is a very wealthy man who is deeply in love with Daisy Buchanan.
This novel is not only about the love story between Gatsby and Daisy, but also about empty dreams. The way I would recommend approaching Gatsby is to look at it as a warning. The characters are written to be shallow - representatives of how the dream they search for is. The fact that there is a valley of ashes through which all characters pass through is symbolic. In mythology, the hero always visits the underworld or hell. This is also seen in Harry Potter. Book one, Harry goes under Hogwarts to save the sorcerer’s stone. Book two, Harry goes under to the chamber of secrets. Book three, Harry goes under the whomping willow. And so on. This is seen as a type of psychological analysis that the characters go through. Which ties in to the valley of ashes. It is also significant that the eyes of Dr. T.J Eckleburg stare down at the valley of ashes watching the characters’ every move.
It is a good warning about pursuing empty dreams. Gatsby passionately chases his dream of being with Daisy once more but he does not realize that Daisy cares more about wealth than love. This is where the theme of the dark side of the American Dream comes in. This theme exposes the true nature of the upper class which is corrupt and terrible. Fitzgerald explains this in the novel, “they were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (188).
I am really looking forward to how the film will be presented. I don’t doubt it will be incredible because I personally believe Leonardo DiCaprio makes a perfect Gatsby. The film is being released May 10 and I strongly recommend that you read the novel before watching it. If you’ve already read it, read it again!
The Paperback Bookshop is an independent general bookshop that was established in the early 1960s at the top of Bourke street and was then one of the few Melbourne bookshops to sell a good selection of Australian and imported books, particularly paperback editions of books not commonly available in Melbourne. (by Diego DeNicola)
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Carey Mulligan x Great Gatsby x Vogue
“Where did you go to, if I may ask?’ said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along.
To look ahead,’ said he.
And what brought you back in the nick of time?’
Looking behind,’ said he.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit