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    I was slightly disappointed too, but if you look at it more as a short story rather than a novel it gives it more justice.

    I think that it was too brief to give Gatsby his full, well deserved magnificence as a character, and it didn't give enough time to fully comprehend and mourn his death. On the other hand, it showed how young he was when he died, and how short and unfulfilling his life was as a whole and how others treated him unfairly and didn't give him the justice he deserved.

    In a way we are made to see Gatsby in the eyes of all the other characters EXCEPT Nick, even though this was seemingly not the intention. Whether or not this is effective is a different question.

    Personally, despite my disappointment at first, I couldn't stop thinking about the book way after I finished reading the last page. It makes you wonder, and perhaps this puzzlement of the reader is what gives Gatsby his true glory.

    You think about how much of a shame it is that his life was so short and we never really got to understand fully the details of his past. Maybe that was the intention. We are forced to feel the sense of loss and incompleteness. This is what gives the author power over the reader and shows the effectiveness of his writing. Different people will be affected in different ways. Personally I was moved by this book. Gatsby remains 'Great' in my imagination even though in the book he was perhaps 'Mediocre'.


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