At one or several points during our lives, we ask ourselves, “What is the meaning of life?” Everyone wants to know what does the entire struggle and effort put into life really accounts for. The sad reality is everything achieved in life, including us, will eventually be erased and forgotten. The movie “The Great Gatsby” conveys this theme perfectly. It is a story of a young man, Mr. Gatsby, who went from rags to great riches, and in the middle of his journey, meets the love of his life, Daisy. However, situations separate them and he forever thinks about her until they coincidentally cross paths later in their adulthood. However, even though Daisy is already married, she pursues infidelity with her “soul mate.” After a turn of several events, Gatsby becomes the target of vengeful Daisy’s husband, and is gunned down.
The death of the main character in “The Great Gatsby” is tragic. Gatsby worked hard throughout his life in order to find happiness and be reunited with his love, Daisy. However, meeting her only leads to his ultimate demise. In addition, despite all his riches, only two people attend his funeral and his mansion fills with vines and becomes desolate. Although this situation is not ideal, in everyday life, death is highly associated with legacy. People are scared of being forgotten when they die. Everyone has a sense of helplessness about the aftermath of death. That is one of the reasons people believe in gods or higher powers. Personally, when I first was introduced to Christianity, I practiced the religion because it gave me a sense of control about my future after death. I believed if I did everything in the Bible, after I die, I will have an afterlife that was filled with peace and perfect happiness. Although my views on Christianity have evolved, I still practice the faith because it sheds light on the afterlife.
No matter what we do while we are alive, we have absolutely no control after we die. These thoughts and concerns are universal and diverse. It shows that the human society denies death and deals with it by creating a legacy for themselves so they will somehow continue to live even though they have passed. However, there is a chance that no matter how hard we work, it will not matter and be appreciated in the end, just like all of Gatsby’s cars, mansions, and money. “The Great Gatsby” has an accurate and positive influence on the way society views and interprets death because it unveils the scary but real thoughts we all associate with death and it also harshly conveys the reality of life that we truly own nothing on earth. As the saying goes “All we are is dust in the wind.”