- Jay Gatsby’s tragic flaw is related to his naïve way of thinking that implies his belief in the ability to buy true feelings. He is an unselfish man who tries to build his happiness, but he uses the wrong foundation for it.
- Gatsby should have let Daisy go right after her wedding, but this was likely to mean less remarkable achievements for Jay. Gatsby accumulated his wealth to prove he was worth Daisy although she did not deserve that kind of effort.
- The scene where Nick visits Daisy for the first time shows that he sees her as an ideal and chaste “golden girl” radiating warmth and care (Luhrmann, 2013). However, when he overhears their conversation with Tom who promises to take her away after the accident, he understands that she is a lying shallow spoiled female.
- Fitzgerald presented women of upper-class as a cohort divided into two groups: silly and beautiful housewives (Daisy) or self-assured belles (Jordan). Men of the same class were also divided into those who were born to it (Tom) and those who worked hard to enter it like Gatsby or Nick.
- Tom claimed he was an ardent opponent of adultery, but he cheated on his wife. From Tom’s viewpoint, Gatsby could not have an affair with an upper-class married woman due to his origin, but Tom would not see Gatsby’s affair with a lower-class woman in such a negative way.
- Daisy tried to make her daughter as shallow and vein as she was since she regarded it as the best way to marry a wealthy man, which was every woman’s dream and destination. In the modern society, this formula is unlikely to be effective as smart and confident women succeed in life.
- The importance of not getting stuck in one’s past is the most important lesson I learned. People’s early years shape their character, but an individual should always focus on their present that is real instead of being haunted by the ghosts of the past.
Luhrmann, B. (Director). (2013). The Great Gatsby. United States: Warner Bros. Pictures.