Tell us about a favorite character from film, theater, or literature, with whom you’d like to have a heart-to-heart. What would you talk about?
Why Gatsby of course.
Who wouldn’t want to meet Gatsby with all the “gleaming, dazzling parties”, the cars, the house, the money. He was intriguing and mysterious to the party guests but I would want to meet the man who seemed so conflicted and torn with his love for Daisy. Does he tell her, should he tell her, if he tells her will she leave Tom? So many different questions and so many different ways to play out the ending; yet such a horrible end comes to an innocent conflicted love story.
I’d want to talk with Gatsby about his time in the war and what happened after. Why didn’t he come right back. It seemed like he had the opportunity but failed to do so. Was it because he was truly afraid to be involved with someone? Was it the onset of PTSD that soldiers didn’t know how to deal with at the time or was he merely sent away and couldn’t get here? Was he like so many other soldiers who couldn’t deal with coming back. I would want to know why he felt if he bought all the things he did and made a life first that he could win Daisy back once he showed her he was ‘good for his word’ so to speak. I would ask, ‘how do you know she really doesn’t love Tom?’ Is he just living in an imaginary world?
I’m not so interested in his meeting with the man at sea or with his childhood, there is a lot to say about what happened between him and Daisy that hasn’t come out in the book that just appears to be missing. I want more detail.
But as Daisy says, “all the bright, precious things fade so fast, and they don’t come back.” She’s right. Even in real life, things fade fast and when they are gone, they are gone. Gatsby should have lived for the moment and not waited.
Daily Prompt: It Builds Character