The Great Gatsby Movie Review

First, before I get into the movie review, I want to make a small statement about my expectations of film adaptations: I don't ever imagine that a movie can encompass the depth and breadth of any novel; it's virtually impossible to include all elements an author puts into a novel. What I look for in … Continue reading The Great Gatsby Movie Review

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 9

Well after the denouement of the story, after we discover the fates of Gatsby and Nick, we get a final glimpse of Nick on the beach in front of Gatsby's house. There seems to be nothing more to say, except perhaps a final reflection on the events of that summer of 1922. It is in … Continue reading The Great Gatsby: Chapter 9

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 5

One of the interesting elements of the novel as a whole is that the plot structure mirrors that of a Shakespearean Tragedy: Chapter 1 is the Exposition; Chapters 2-4 is the Rising Action; Chapter 5 is the Turning Point; Chapters 6-8 is the Falling Action; and Chapter 9 is the Resolution. Like all great tragedies, … Continue reading The Great Gatsby: Chapter 5

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 2

In Chapter 2, Nick Carraway shows us things we don't want to see, things we don't want to talk about. The images and metaphors describe what he sees without telling us how base the people are. He uses symbols that are at times vague, but specific enough to allow the reader to have the final … Continue reading The Great Gatsby: Chapter 2