7 Life Lessons You Can Learn from the Great Gatsby ...

202
COMMENT

Because F.

Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" focuses on a love that seems unattainable and unrealistic, I believe that there are life lessons from "The Great Gatsby" that are important to discuss.

As one of my favorite novels, I sighed when I first read the story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, two literary souls seemingly doomed to repeat the past.

I am sure that I am not the only one who felt the melancholy hanging over these two characters;

I think that regret is a large part of the human condition.

Whether you have read the book or seen the 1974/2013 movie adaptation, these life lessons from "The Great Gatsby" will show you why living in the past is not a great idea.

1. Love on the Pedestal

One of the first life lessons from "The Great Gatsby" is that love is universal.

Therefore, everyone will experience heartbreak.

People often face difficulties when they fall for someone who comes from a different socioeconomic background/social class.

This may cause them to think that their loved one is out of their league.

This dangerous line of thought is explored through passages and scenes of Gatsby constantly thinking that Daisy is too good for him or that his mansion and meaningless exploits will not be good enough for her.

Whether you believe that their love is unrequited or eternal, ill-fated or destined, it is hinted that Gatsby's idea of love may be disillusioned because of the fact that he places Daisy on a pedestal.

2. Visions of You

Through Gatsby's actions, I learned that it is sometimes necessary to be weary of people who seem like they are "too good to be true." F.

Scott Fitzgerald's story shows the consequences/aftermath of desperately building up a replicated image of a person in your mind.

Doing so only makes it hard to discern reality from the imaginary.

Gatsby was trying to build his future based on Daisy's shadow.2

Sadly, this was only a pseudo-representation of a woman that he remembered from years ago.

"Things are sweeter when they're lost.

I know--because once I wanted something and got it.2

It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot, and when I got it it turned to dust in my hand." The message behind this quote from Fitzgerald's "The Beautiful and Damned" can certainly be applied to the context of this story.

The past and Present
Explore more ...