The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a tragic story about love coming with sacrifices. Starting off, Nick Carraway is a young man who moved to New York in the summer of 1922. He rented a house, neighboring Jay Gatsby. On the opposite side lived his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom. Daisy and Tom introduced a woman named Jordan Baker to Nick, and she decided to have an affair with him. Not long after this meeting, Jordan informed Nick about a secret lover that Tom had been meeting stealthily: Myrtle Wilson. After being told this secret, Mr. Carraway traveled with Tom and Myrtle on a trip back to New York City. As the summer progressed, Jordan and Nick attended a party that the mysterious Gatsby had invited the couple to. As the party was going, Gatsby asked to speak with Jordan privately. Suspicious, Nick inquired Jordan about what all this fuss was about. Jordan explained that Gatsby was madly in love with Daisy, and the parties he held were to bring attention to himself and impress her. Knowing all of this, Nick arranged a “tea party” with Daisy and Gatsby, where the two hooked up and started a relationship. After a short period of time, Tom grew suspicious of his wife’s relationship with Gatsby. At a meal gathering at the Buchanans’ house, Tom caught Gatsby staring at his own wife with awe and grew infuriated and told her lies about Gatsby. Daisy had believed Tom, yet continued to meet Gatsby. Following this event, a series of unfortunate misunderstandings and accidents happened, leading to a twisted ending.
The story ended in a way that may have dismayed many readers due to the absence of happiness, but overall this was a really well-written tragedy. The Great Gatsby evaluated how a misunderstanding could start a chain of misleading thoughts, ending with satisfaction for no one. Rather than taking the blame for someone you love and risking your life, protect them so that no one can hurt them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is honestly probably one of my favorites. I recommend everyone who has free time to check out this book sometime. A wonderful classic that cannot get any better.