Gatsby's Lingering Affects

April 3, 2017

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” (Fitzgerald 189). The great American novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, ends with this enticing line challenging the reader to ask, “What the heck does that mean?” For the juniors in Mr. Mac’s class the understanding of this quote ranged from “people being trash caught in the ocean;” to “people chasing an impossible dream;” to “a necessity of all to learn from the past to rigorously push on against the gale to find success wherever it may lie;” and ending with “Why is this even important?” 

Overall, it is clear to see that this American classic was mostly read by all, yet the lingering affects have forever been engraved. With a central theme of trying to define the American Dream, juniors have dived head first into this argument and surfaced again with their own definitions. The past month of this novel study has been one of great growth, and it is safe to say that Gatsby has lured them all to believe in something greater than themselves.