After reading the Great Gatsby(《了不起的盖茨比》英文读后感)

——After reading the Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was one of the most important representatives of the “Jazz Age”, in

American history, maybe it “was the best of times, it was the worst of times, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way”.

As the title says: the great Gatsby, but why is Gatsby great? In my point of view, there are two reasons:

Firstly, Gatsby was born in a very poor family, but he get a lot of wealth rely on his own efforts, which is different from Daisy’s husband, Tom, who was born in a rich high class and don’t need to worry about earning money. The second one is that when Gatsby decide to earn a lot of money, the reason was simple. He just want to get Daisy’s love again. The main reason why Daisy marry Tom but not Gatsby is that Gatsby was just a poor young man which didn’t suits Daisy’s statue. Later, the big house right opposite Daisy’s, those big parties, they are all be made to attract Daisy’s attention. So just for love, this simple reason ,Gatsby changed into an upper class’s rich people.

The author spend a lot of time to describe the wealthy and

extravagant life of those people. Irrespective of which class they belong to, all of them worships money, they also believe that money will make

life better. Daisy and Tom belongs to the high class, money completely assimilated of the upstart but extreme exclusion and despised. Gatsby don't understand this truth, his inflexible pursuit of wealth, thinks that he can regain the ideal embodiment of Daisy, even if he got the material met, he still cannot escape spiritual loneliness and sorrow.

Gatsby's dream is typical of the American Dream. His struggle reflects the Americans respect of tough, independent, and upward spirit. His failure declared the postwar American spirit of decadence and decline. Material civilization height prosperity bring people's

hearts deserted and distortion, the hidden appearance enjoy carnival huge spiritual emptiness and confusion, pain of the whole social spiritual loss, but no way out.


了不起的盖茨比

《了不起的盖茨比》是美国作家弗朗西斯·斯科特·基·菲茨杰拉德创作的一部以以20世纪20年代的纽约市及长岛为背景的中篇小说,出版于1925年。主人公詹姆斯·卡兹本是北达科他州的一个贫穷的农家子弟,自幼梦想做个出人头地的大人物。经过一番努力,他终于步步高升,并更名为杰伊·盖茨比。他在一个军训营里任中尉时,爱上了南方的大家闺秀黛茜·费。可是当他戴着军功勋章在战争结束后从海外归来时,黛茜已嫁给一位来自芝加哥的、体格健壮、富有但举止粗鲁的纨绔子弟汤姆·布坎农,沉醉于爱情梦幻中的盖茨比艰苦创业,由一个贫穷的军官奋斗成为百万富翁。他在长岛西端买下了一幢豪华别墅,与住在东端的布坎农夫妇隔海湾相望。他的府第每晚灯火通明,成群的宾客饮酒纵乐。他唯一的愿望是希望看到分别了五年的情人黛茜,当他们重逢时,盖茨比以为时光可以倒流,重温旧梦,但久而久之,他发现黛茜远不像他梦想的人,可是这种醒悟还没多久,黛茜开车碾死了丈夫的情妇,汤姆嫁祸于盖茨比,盖茨比终于被害,黛茜居然没来送葬:叙述者尼克由此看透了上层社会有钱人的冷酷残忍和居心险恶,离开纽约,回到了中西部的故乡。
 
《了不起的盖茨比》的问世,奠定了弗·司各特·菲茨杰拉德在现代美国文学史上的地位,成了20年代“爵士时代”的发言人和“迷惘的一代”的代表作家之一。20世纪末,美国学术界权威在百年英语文学长河中选出一百部最优秀的小说,《了不起的盖茨比》高居第二位,并被多次搬上银幕和舞台。
 

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