The Great Gatsby is a classic American literature book, and dare I say, one of the best. The novel is set during the Roaring 20’s in America; the narration is from Nick Carraway’s point of view, a man from a well-to-do family who had just finished fighting the war, and was looking to sell bonds. He moves to East Egg, the slightly less grand area filled with nouveau riche in comparison to West Egg, right opposite of Gatsby's mansion. Gatsby is mega-rich and throws magnificent parties every weekend which the whole town attends. However the host is never seen during these parties, and is never completely known by any one person. Gatsby holds a dark secret about his past and how he acquired his wealth, and the uncovering of his secrets builds up to his downfall.
The Great Gatsby is so much more than a love story. It’s a novel about infidelity, crime, and the American Dream/psyche. Gatsby is the epitome of all these themes combined, and the symbolism in this book easily connects with our modern society. Whether it’s Doctor Eckleburg’s eyes, or the green light across from Daisy’s house, many of the symbols hinted in this novel portray what many teens would consider to be in relation with their lives.
The five major themes of this book can be related to what we are experiencing today: Jay Gatsby embodies America itself and the essence of the American Dream, wealth defines American identity and ultimately leads to a loss of morality and gross income inequality, cheating has become the guidebook in American culture as a means to an end, teens today strive for their own idealized American Dream and Romantic Dream of success, and the pathology and behavior of Tom and other characters in Gatsby mirror the pathology of leaders in the Trump era. I encourage readers to look into these themes and to decide for themselves the true message that Fitzgerald wishes for readers to register in his novel.