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    The Great Gatsby is an absolute classic. I am in 11th grade and have been assigned to read this novel, and it is by far one of the greater novels I have ever read. It represents the "American Dream". To Gatsby, this was to win his love, Daisy, back. She was a superficial woman who didn't know much of what love really was. Gatsby was a great character. His whole life was devoted to Daisy, but Daisy..just as the other rich of that time, was reckless, careless, and cared only about wealth. Also, Nick did not wake up with a man..In order to fully understand this book, you have to look beyond the text. You have to understand what the American Dream is...I suggest everyone should read The Great Gatsby..It is an EXCELLENT piece of work.

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    i loved this book. i didnt have to read it, it was on my own time and i am happy to say that i am glad someone wrote such great litieture

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    I think Gatsby is a person with great characteristics, but i found Daisy rather shallow. Tom and Daisy come into the story and cause a lot of trouble then leave the story and make Gatsby pay the price. Gatsby died for Daisy, but she did not even call after he is died.

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    The Great Gatsby

    I never would have read this book if it weren't an English class requirement, but in the end it was an okay book. Of course it's not my favorite book, but since it wasn't as long as some books we had to read for class, it's not my least favorite book. Yeah, the characters were confusing, and it took me about three chapters to figure out who was telling the story, not the mention the fact that I had absolutely no clue what the heck those owl eyes pictured on something were. If you're like me and don't have 36 hours in your day, visit sparknotes or something like that so that you don't have to read everything twice just to understand it. Everybody could find a better way to spend their time, so since I have to be school about eight hours every day, I learned to block out whatever some boring teacher is saying and read. Whether in math, history, or science, I spent my time usefully and got this book read in about four days and I didn't have to spent hours of my precious time reading it at home.

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    I read the book twice in one day and did not get the point, probubly because I am not American. The book lacked a universal theme that makes most great literature significant to readers from all generations. It was very well written but not as influencial as it is made out to be.

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    has anyone read the two versions of the hero by david parker? what did you think is the whole point of it?

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    Is there hope?

    Reading some of the above comments has made me so sad and hopeful all at the same time. I teach this book to AP Juniors. And yes I know that a couple of them are lazy enough to use this type of site instead of reading it. Some of the comments are so obviously shallow they are laughable. I wonder do you know how truly ignorant you make yourself look when you talk about being so bored you can't get off the first page? (Oh and P.S. to the silly person who thinks Nick woke up with a man... no one ever left the living room of Tom and Myrtle's apartment except for Tom and Myrtle.) On the other hand, I have also read some truly insightful comment from kids who have read and THOUGHT about this book-- even had enough presence of mind to compare the book to the movie and think about the appropriateness of casting. WOW! For those of you who are too lazy to read through this book, let me suggest ditch digging as your career pathway. Go back to numbing your mind with MTV and other crap, but don't whine when you have become so mentally soft that you can't make sense even of the morning newspaper.

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    Excellent Representation of

    The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald's most significant work, is an excellent representation of the 1920s. His novel was found to be a complete failure until it's importance was realized in the 1950s. Perhaps the greatest aspect of The Great Gatsby is Fitzgerald's simple, yet complex characters. Nick Carraway, the indifferent narrator, represents the model citizen. His relations to other characters such as Jay Gatsby, Daisy and Tom Buchanan, and many others develops into an amazing story, all within 200 pages. While the author's main objective was to remain simple in plot, the true meaning between the lines evolves into a much more defined, complex story. Those who choose to rate this book poorly either don't understand its history, or are simply naive in understanding that American culture during the 1920s is much like Fitzgerald's depictions. For all those who haven't had a chance to discover this book, buy it today. The complacency encountered upon completion of the novel is unbelievable... so dig in!

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    Hmm

    I found this book to be an excellent example of the American dream, which is the subject area we are currently studying. The book also examines the roles of women and the corruption of commercialism. The role of women was shown via Myrtle, Jordan and of course Daisy. Each woman has a distinctive personality and each reflects a different stereotype. The corruption of commercialism, i believe, is displayed through the cars which appear throughout the text. Even the colours of the cars are representive of peoples changing attitudes. The brightness of Gatsby's car causes it to seem gawdy and excessive, as is much of what the commercial industry was turning out at the time. This same car killed Myrtle, displaying the corruption caused by it's excess. Furthermore, perhaps the commercial car killing Myrtle suggests that perhaps commercialism was killing off her stereotype in all women at that time?<br><br>These were just a few ideas that don't seem to have been suggested as yet. I believe that people will understand this point of view better if they make their own ideas about them, so I have not used a lot of detail. Just think of it as a different aspect of the text that you may not have considered as of yet. <br><br>Good luck in your endeavours with this book!

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    Nick never wakes up with a man... he helped that drunken man to his room and into his bed. while the man is in bed he show's nick his portfolio. nothing kinky about it. nick's just being a nice guy.

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    It's Great

    I happened to like this book out of the many I have to read for Advanced Junior English!!! Most Books don't keep my attention, but this one did. Some parts were not what I expected, but some where!!! It was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed reading it!!

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    i enjoyed the novel, eventhough it was a bite difficult to read. I would read it again. As for the movie i enjoyed it and understoud the novel a little better.

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    I found the first part of the book to be quite boring. I also read this for my English class and I'm taking a test on it tomorrow. Once I got into the book, I noticed quite a few themes going round: Money is power, Power leads to being corrupt, Money buys freedom but not happyness, Nothing is a secret, outward appearances arn't always what they seem, how people want to go back into the past when things arn't working their way, and everyone is in search of the American Dream. Overall, I'd give the book a 6 out of 10. It didn't lack a punch that kept me focused on the book. I found myself "reading" but just going through the lines and not comprehending what was being said. Wish me luck on the test...<br>PB Sniper 247 <br><br>That is all...

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    I am watched the video and it is kindof good. It might be better than the book is 'cuse you see what is happining instead of reading it and having to picture it in your mind.

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    Did this book win any awards???<br>

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