Tonawanda News — And as much as we celebrate individual accomplishment, there’s only one thing prized higher: That individual’s fall from grace.
It is in this moment where there’s equal measure genuine sorrow and self-righteous gloating when Gatsby is exposed as a vapid creature of his own imagination. He chases the ideal Daisy with a passion that knows no bounds, emotional or financial. But it’s only when a man who can never reach high enough achieves his life’s only goal we realize he’s the dog who finally caught the car driving down the street — and has no clue why he was chasing it in the first place.
In a story that is as literary as it is literally about money and wealth we’re left with the ultimate question: What’s it all actually worth?
It doesn’t matter if the central character is Jay Z or the former Jay Gatz. It is still being told, over and over again.
As Fitzgerald so brightly put it in Gatsby’s closing line, So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past.
Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.