The Great Gatsby: Living the Dream in the Valley of Ashes

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Book: The Great Gatsby

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Author John Green discusses critical readings of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, including metaphors and symbols like the color yellow, the green light at the end of the dock, the eyes of Doctor TJ Eckleburg, the valley of ashes, and the American dream.

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message 1: by A.

A. I believe Fitzgerald made a hero out of Gatsby by killing him at the end. In other words, if Gatsby continued to live, not many would see his struggle. He had everything and his feelings for Daisy seemed shallow and materialistic.


message 2: by Lori

Lori John Green helped me understand Fitzgerald's awesome genius in this book, and I am eternally grateful. DFTBA!


Alexandra Daw Love your work !


Albertf A. wrote: "I believe Fitzgerald made a hero out of Gatsby by killing him at the end. In other words, if Gatsby continued to live, not many would see his struggle. He had everything and his feelings for Daisy ..."

Can anyone say spoiler.


message 5: by Lisa

Lisa I disliked this person shouting at me and turned it off as quickly as I could. When I clicked VOTE, I thought I would get the option to vote NO. Now I have inadvertently encouraged him and other like him *sigh*


message 6: by Diana

Diana It makes sense now!


message 7: by Leila (last edited Nov 19, 2013 01:12PM)

Leila Despite John's regular enthusiasm when he talks, which I find highly irritating after a few seconds, this analysis of the book is pretty good and complete.


Renato Corpaci I think the hero is not Gatsby but, at the end, Nick. I agree: Tom is an asshole and Daisy is a featherbrained child. And yes, my quest is heroic.


message 9: by Anna

Anna Lembke I think that Gatsby is partially a hero, but not completely. He has worked so incredibly hard in his quest for Daisy's love, yet he can't obtain it. He would only consider himself the hero if he managed to get Daisy, yet in his strive to be the hero which no one else wants, he inadvertantly becomes the hero the everyone supports.


message 10: by Iffat

Iffat Mirza I think Gatsby's definitely a hero. He left his parents in search for a dream of wealth and luxury which he did get, but then he found Daisy and fell in love, which to him was so much more important. I think his biggest accomplishment that he didn't lose sight of what he had started this for; Daisy's love. **Spoiler** Also he wouldn't let daisy pay for what she had done to Myrtle. He literally took a bullet for Daisy


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