I just finished reading it and... I get it. There was a point. It completely makes sense. I remembered something tragic (from when I read it in HS)- something to do with Daisy and the pool (for some reason I guess I thought she died).
And a poster pretty much hit it correctly. Especially these quotes:
It definitely embodies the excesses of the 20's and really takes the shallow nature of the elite (and the wanna be elite) during that time to hyperbole.
what Gatsby had on the surface - success, tons of friends, and a rock 'n roll lifestyle - the American dream. What we learn is that under all of it is nothing. Emptiness.
What I'm annoyed with I think is the "hype" surrounding Daisy. I remember people going on and on about the essence of Daisy and how rich the character was or whatever. I guess in the end...well... I disliked her character. I'm sure that's what you're supposed to take away from the story-the idea that these characters are so superficial and self-involved that they would knowingly ruin another man's life and just frolick away into the sunset, guiltless. But grrrrrr. why do people make Daisy supposedly like, the feminine character of all characters?
Like this quote when they cast her in the new movie:
...won the coveted role of Daisy Buchanan ...
What? like it's hard to play a shallow and self-absorbed child? Paris Hilton's been pulling it off for years.
I know I'm boiling F. Scott Fitzgeralds literary heroine into a one-dimensional insipid female. And he was probably enamoured with the glorious idea of painting this colorful and grandiose character. A character with such joie de vivre that you can't help but fall in love with her (even if you hate her too). But she just....I dunno... That character is what I don't get. Daisy Buchanan? Wha?
Anyhow. It wasn't as bad as I thought but it wasn't all that like it seems the hype is about Gatsby, Gatsby, Gatsby...whatevs.