“The whole merry-go-round hinges on their dreams”

By Jessica Monk

One of the greatest feats of creativity is to bring to life a character of impossible contradictions, one who is both dignified and comic at the same time. The moment when Leonardo DiCaprio announces himself to Nick Carraway, “I’m Gatsby, old sport,” pins these contradictions in place like a rare butterfly. In the startling appearance of the glowing, doomed hero of Fitzgerald’s novel, DiCaprio really nails the tragicomic essence of Gatsby: a self-made prince, whose natural royalty and optimism are undermined by his overreaching. It reminded me of the joke that asks, “how man...

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