Had a little downtime this weekend and decided to rent The Great Gatsby. Surprisingly, I somehow escaped reading this in high school and it was not a big loss because I would not have known how to properly interpret it. There is no doubt F. Scott Fitzgerald saw the light and was a red pill aware man of his era.
Everything Gatsby did was for a woman the love of his life Daisy Buchanan who married someone else of higher social standing while Gatsby became a self made man taking advantage of all opportunities legal and otherwise. After he became one of the new rich Gatsby still couldn’t let go of his fantasies and idealized picture of what he thought Daisy was and wanted her to be. Sounds familiar to red pill ideology doesn’t it. He convinces her to resume the affair and thinks she will leave her husband for him but that plan goes awry when her husband makes him lose his cool during a confrontation and you can see Daisy makes up her mind in that instant that she would never leave her husband for Gatsby no matter how much he tries to win her favor. On the way back from that event she accidentally strikes and kills her husbands mistress in an all too convenient manner. Gatsby being the love blinded full he is says he was driving the vehicle and is gunned downed by the dead woman’s husband who is convinced Gatsby not only killed her but that he was having an affair with her too.
Throughout the film Gatsby always has hope that Daisy loves him as much as he loves her and this hope is symbolize by the green light at the end of her dock that he can see from across his mansion. Gatsby idealizes Daisy with a desired perfection that she does not have or deserve and this is best symbolized when she scoots out of town after his death and does not even bother to attend his funeral. Gatsby’s dream is ruined by the unworthiness of its object just like many present day men who neglect their own value and focus on the value of a woman they care for. It is poetic that Gatsby’s good qualities of love and loyalty are his undoing and that the only friend he really had was Nick the old sport who tries in vain to get Daisy to attend his funeral.
My favorite line was Nick’s when he said “And not even a flower from Daisy” after Gatsby had died signifying that his friend had died in vain for nothing for a woman not worthy of his affections.