Samuel's Great Gatsby newsletter
The connection of generations
Artist statement: So I decided to make a poem about what I think makes a classic, great or timeless piece of media. I thought it was a mix of universal themes, plot twist and also how it makes the reader feel.
Some things are stagnant.
The Opinions in society Range
But certain themes are far from repugnant.
Regardless of Time, Classics bring out a resonance
Dependant on how people feel
Great works may seem to have elegance
But that if that is true, is its greatness real?
If we went to outer space, would sci-fi lose its touch?
If we lived differently would a mocking bird be unreadable?
I don't believe so, not that much.
For some, these aren't debatable
The theme of being wrong is universal.
The curiosity of the unknown so tangible.
Shocking events hitting readers like that car with Myrtle
Yet when read by the average joe, understandable.
What is popular once, is gone given time
Even the timeless won't seem to rhyme.
But, The legacy will continue
At a similar book's venue.
Great Gastsby essay(marxist theory)
One of the main characters is known as Gatsby. At the time of the book, he was a very rich individual. He throws parties a lot and everyone thinks he is a very great guy even though they haven’t met him(Even the main character). Through the story, it is revealed that Gatsby was once a part of the lower class and because of that daisy(his love interest) left him for a man who had more money, “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart, she never loved any one except me!” - Gatsby(pg. 100) After this, it is revealed that Gatsby got his money through illegal actions and in the end of chapter 8 he is ultimately killed.
Speaking of his death, George Wilson(his killer) is another example of this. He was a hard worker of the lower class. His wife was disappointed with his lack of income, She even mentioned a moment in their wedding, ““The only CRAZY I was was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in, and never even told me about it, and the man came after it one day when he was out. ‘oh, is that your suit?’ I said. ‘this is the first I ever heard about it.’ But I gave it to him and then I lay down and cried to beat the band all afternoon.””(pg. 29) After Myrtle died, George killed himself and Gatsby in revenge as that was he had. The book says this rather nicely, “He was his wife’s man and not his own.” (pg. 105)
The embodiment of the upper-class in this book is Tom. Tom is a rich, but villainous individual. He lives a comfortable life, being a self-proclaimed pessimist while having a lot of luxuries. Tom even has a mistress in Myrtle, It first being alluded ti in chapter 1, “Tom’s got some woman in New York.”(pg. 14) Even with this, Tom still feels entitled to daisy and even goes so far as to make George shoot Gatsby instead of himself when George shows up to kill him. In the final chapter, Nick asked Tom what he told George the day Gatsby died and Tom said this, ““I told him the truth,” he said. “He came to the door while we were getting ready to leave, and when I sent down word that we weren’t in he tried to force his way upstairs. He was crazy enough to kill me if I hadn’t told him who owned the car.”” He knew that this would end in Gatsby’s death and even afterward he doesn’t even attempt to look like e cares. Nonetheless, he still lives life like nothing happened, a luxurious life.
Money and wealth is highly valued by the people in the Great Gatsby. Those without wealth, or those that would share with them their wealth suffer. They long to be part of the upper crust of economic wealth. Even when someone becomes wealthy, they won’t necessarily have a better life. Could this outlook be reminiscent of the real world?
The reason I wrote this essay(besides needing one for my benchmark) was because I thought Marxism was the best way to tackle this reading. Almost everything in the book can be brought back to how Gatsby had recently gotten rich, From throwing parties to flaunt his wealth, to trying to marry daisy because he wasn't poor anymore.
chapter 4 meme
chapter 5 meme
I made these memes, because I never did that before and it was an option. overall not that funny, but related to the book.
A party with Gatsby
A man went to a party
He was invited by a friend
He thought his friend was tarty
He thought hed be sad in the end
Before he met his friend, gatsby
He heard a rumor
It made him feel antsy
It was a nice bit of humor
Everyone was partying
Except our friend
he sighed and was about to start drinking
Then he ran into his friend
Now finally the dancing could start
The man was no longer tart.
They began to talk and talk
They were a chatterbox that day
Chatting and laughing while walking
But soon just as he arrived
He soon then left
Short-lived but it strived
The conversation had ended
And so did the party
Nick decided to leave the party of gatsby
For the party couldn’t be complete without gatsby
I wrote this poem while reading chapter's 1-3
The text reminds me of when I was a child and wondered if we could afford things and if I should focus my life on gaining wealth (I don't know why I thought about that when I was seven years old.) because it shows the struggle of the poor and ease of the rich. In chapter nine, while Gatsby's father was looking at his son's house, the narrator describes his actions, "His pride in his son and in his son's possessions was continually increasing."
What I just read makes me think about the future because, Money talks. It could talk two countries into a war if it wanted to. In the book, money choose who Gatsby could love and it set the entire story into motion, "She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting." - (Gatsby, pg. 100) In the real world, money can do almost anything if you know how to use it and have enough of it.
I made a Text connection for the last three chapters. I decided to make a text connection because it was very different from a poem and some memes( my first two creative response journals)
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Guidelines, 1989.
Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies. Simon & Schuster Children's, 2012.