Dear Sparky Sweets,

While you certainly present your opinion on The Great Gatsby in a manner many would find entertaining, I feel you were a bit predictable in your interpretation. You, like nearly every person who teaches this novel, see the novel as a discussion of the American Dream and Gatsby’s hope. While this is a perfectly valid way of seeing the novel because, as the author John Green says, books “belong to their readers”. This means that people are allowed to look at a book in whatever way they want; however, your interpretation lacks quite a bit.

“Dr.” Sweets, you fail to mention that Jay Gatsby was almost definitely a gangster! How can you brush that idea aside? It provides a much more interesting way of reading The Great Gatsby than the overused idea that it is a commentary on the American Dream. Gatsby was involved in both bootlegging and stolen bonds, activities known to be associated with gangsters. He regularly gets phone calls connected to his business in cities, and, when Nick answers the phone, he finds that the calls certainly do not seem to be from upstanding business connections. He matched how gangsters displayed their wealth with cars, clothes, and possessions. No one seems to know anything definite about his background, but the rumors are filled with intrigue and violence. Wolfsheim, a character you completely omit from your discussion of the book, is practically identified as a gangster and specifically says that he is responsible for Jay Gatsby’s success. All of these details combined presents a strong case for Jay Gatsby being a gangster. Perhaps you should consider amending your views of the book to include these details.http://

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