Like Nick in The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald found this new lifestyle seductive and exciting, and, like Gatsby, he had always idolized the very rich. Now he found himself in an era in which unrestrained materialism set the tone of society, particularly in the large cities of the East. Even so, like Nick, Fitzgerald saw through the glitter of the Jazz Age to the moral emptiness and hypocrisy beneath, and part of him longed for this absent moral center. In many ways, The Great Gatsby represents Fitzgerald’s attempt to confront his conflicting feelings about the Jazz Age. Like Gatsby, Fitzgerald was driven by his love for a woman who symbolized everything he wanted, even as she led him toward everything he despised.
What a treat Ada! The Great Gatsby has and probably always will be my favorite book. And I couldn’t agree with you more about the miscasting of Daisy from the 70s version–I always pictured someone more wholesome like a Reese Witherspoon (one day we will have to chat in person about our fantasy casting, ha!). Robert Redford’s beautiful look from the movie though is emblazoned in my mind, and the only other wardrobe he’s ever had that came close was The Way We Were, although not as wonderful nor symbolic as Great Gatsby. Interesting isn’t it that Louis Chiles is also in The Way We Were–it’s when I first noticed how stunning she is. Will have to read up on the pink suit–somehow I never noticed it before.
xo Mary Jo