About this novel, when I was fifteen years old, its first impression made in my mind was a familiar story about love. It’s just a story that a poor boy has fallen in love with a rich girl. However, when I read this book again, I have further understanding about it.
Novels cannot break away from its background. The Great Gatsby, whose background is in the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. In the story about Gatsby, we can see the class differences. It is universally acknowledged that this novel is about American dream. But, what is “American dream”? In the traditional meaning, American dream is a dream about equality, pursuit, striving. It means that everyone can struggle for his own pursuit and has opportunity to achieve it. In fact, it is not only American dream but also the world dream.
At this moment, I realize that through the several thousands of years, what we have always pursued is opportunities and rights for everyone. Gatsby has shown the great American dream but finally the dream is broken. We say Gatsby is “Great”, because his endeavor, bravery, persistence have made great impression in our minds. Through his life, he has a beautiful dream, which motivates him to struggle. It makes it possible for the poor and humble to change their own fates. However, at last, what the ironic thing is that he can never achieve his dream and the dream itself is a false image. Therefore, it must be broken. Of course the death of Gatsby is a symbol of broken American dream. This is a period when civilization falls behind material civilization, when the social contradictions are prominent, when the further social reform should be implemented.
It makes me think about our society in two aspects.
Gradually, there is a voice that it's too difficult for people from poor and humble families to become outstanding. In my view, it’s someway due to the resources. The gap between rich and poor nowadays results in the distinction of resources, which gives the poor less opportunities to acquire the ability to become outstanding.
Think about what happened these days like “Children abuse in RYB Education Kindergarten”, ”Fire in Daxing distinct”, “The death of Jiang Ge”. All of the news also breaks our dream about wonderful society. However, it’s somehow just a mirror of our society. We can see there are lots of problems in our society. It makes us feel disappointed and dread. Sometimes, we are upset about our immorality; but, the society is composed with individuals, when we complain about our society why we don’t think about ourselves. Yes, in the colorful and material society, some people will change in the face of reality. But I think, for everyone, it’s OK to change and adapt to the society. But it can’t be the reasons for doing the wrong. Everyone should have his own moral standards and baselines.
Faced with lots of problems in our society, we can’t lose faith and seize the opportunity to change and reform. The occurrence of problems is not supposed to be do damages to our life, it is give us opportunities to deal with them and make our life better. I still remember the lines in Furnace , a Korean film. It is “We do so much to keep the world from changing us rather than change the world”. But, what I want to say is that when we don’t change ourselves blindly following the world, maybe we have already changed the world. The dream is broken, the problem arose, and the change should be initiated.
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