What did Fitzgerald want the readers to value and believe after reading The Great Gatsby?Can someone PLEASE help me out???
I think that the importance of friendship is one of the major themes in this work. I am always called to remember Meyer Wolfsheim's words about valuing our friends while they are alive, and then I think about how Nick was Gatsby's true friend. Fitzgerald made a lot of money during his career, but he spent even more. His one love, Zelda, was institutionalized, and Fitzgerald fell to drinking heavily and struggling to make enough to cover the lifestyle that he led. I think that he wanted readers to realize that money is not what really makes a person happy, and that true friendships are rare but very important.
Fitzgerald wanted everyone to see that there are two Americas, the idealistic America of Gatsby, and the real America of the Buchanans.
Gatsby's America looks great from a distance. There's the Statue of Liberty and all this jazz about freedom and democracy and the American dream.
The Buchanan's America is about living rich and careless, stepping on the little guy, running over his girl, and paying off problems with money.
He wants readers to value the morals often associated with Mid-Western American life rather than the absence of morality and irresponsibility connected to Old Money Society and the East (especially the big city). Even though Fitzgerald seems to have never been able to value those old-fashioned ideals himself, he certainly stresses in Gatsby that they cause more happiness than an obsession for wealth and notoriety.
I agree with all that is said above and would add that the novel comments on the reality that most Americans make things and people out to be more and better than they really are. In our minds, we build them up to be grand, noble, and worthy things and, unfortunately, they all too often turn out to be nothing but disappointment.
I agree with post #2. He is arguing that you do not get to be happy by having money and partying. The only person in the book who seems happy has got to be Nick. Of all the people in the book, he seems to be the one who is not trying to be rich and glamorous. He just seems to want to be a solid person.
Yes to all of the above, and to add to #5, what copelmat says is true about the people's opinion of Gatsby (at first), and about Gatsby's opinion of Daisy. People did not have a realistic picture of Gatsby, and Gatsby did not really understand that Daisy was not the woman he imagined her to be.