Literature is of the utmost importance in our borderline unstable society. Literature teaches us new, previously unknown worlds of experience, it teaches history, facts, how to live and act, how to reflect and most importantly, how to remain human. That long string of words are quite literally facts that are essential parts of our development process, and it is up to schools to decide which texts fit that requirement. I believe that The Great Gatsby fits these requirements. I will begin with a summary: Firstly, The Great Gatsby is an older book. Its plot is set in the 1920's, where the general attitude and public consensus was orientated towards social status, growth, and idealisms. This is very much different when compared with today's 'No Worries' attitude, where idealisms are important, but not fought over. Despite this, I believe that The Great Gatsby is still very much relevant today. It oozes literary integrity as a whole, whilst providing a seemingly tainted view through the main protagonist. The text is old and reading it is somewhat cumbersome due to the higher level of literary content, but what really counts is the theme, and even though some aspects of the text are not relevant today, it is the theme that is still important
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The Great Gatsby is based upon idealisms. How 'The Rich Life' is something to look up to, no matter how it is attained. This prospect of 'The American Dream' is saturated throughout the text, with characters continually back-stabbing in order to rise up the social ladder. Whilst students should follow the theme of the text, (Back-stabbing, socialism, lust and wealth) it is this prospect of 'The Great American Dream' that I want to talk about. It is one of the very few completely un-relatable aspects of the text. The age of The Great Gatsby is not an issue, because when it comes down to it, what's changed? (They call a phone 'The Telephoneâ€¦) but why bother learning about 'The American Dream?' Who cares? It is of little, to no value at all, and the repetition and intense lust throughout the text (Daisy: "Her voice is full of money") is simply seen as a distraction from the precise, over engineered literary structure that makes The Great Gatsby such a fantastic read. There is some salvageable material that we gain from 'The Great American Dream' however, and that is that the characters are superficial. The author promotes the lust over wealth and social appearance, which is a way of social commentary, when we take into account the era of which he is from. Fundamentally, reading The Great Gatsby grants experience. It is this experience that arises from reading this text that is critical for developing minds, which is almost within parallel to the importance of literature in our society.
The main issue that students are hinting at appears to be the age of the text, and how it does not relate conventionally to modern day standards. This just simply isn't so. There is no hindrance when analysing events within the 1920's style text, and today. The fundamentals are still the same. The text is challenging, and dense, but it is clearly understandable. The text focuses on characters, and How they act, their situations, their dreams, and most of all, the immorality of the miserable bunch. How are these factors any different from the modern day equivalents? There simply is no excuse for anyone to crow over the fact that the text is old. It sure is dense, and hard to read, but even that is a stupid argument. We shouldn't read texts because they're old? Therefore we shouldn't have to make the effort to get up in the morning, or go to work, or learn? I think not. Reading dense, hard to understand texts such as The Great Gatsby is beneficial, It promotes thinking, and deep subconscious conclusive analysis which are all fantastic for a learning mind.
I believe that The Great Gatsby play a crucial and important part in the teachings of great literature to modern day society. No other text on paper portrays as many aspects as The Great Gatsby. History, Theme, Style, Plot, Contrast, Morality and Integrity - It has them all. These aspects are what is needed in schools. From the situations, the relationships, the plot, as well as the immorality and idealisms, F. Scott Fitzgerald integrates it all into his text, and these fundaments are the reason why The Great Gatsby must be read and understood, as collectively, these aspects are life. They make up society, and how we interact. The Great Gatsby is not all about the story, or the plot. It is about the themes and historic lessons tied within the text, and how important they are in modern society. This text must be read by students, maybe even twice. It is of that level of importance to the fundamentals of literature, that The Great Gatsby must be read.
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