Continuing the celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," the James V. Brown Library hosted a book discussion and lecture on the book recently.
John W. Poritsky, assistant professor of English composition at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, lead the group discussion.
Poritsky noted that before the day of the discussion, in which he read the book again in preparation for the event, he was not a fan of the book. After reading the book again after so many years, Poritsky said he enjoyed the book since his most-recent read.
John W. Poritsky, assistant professor of English composition at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, left, listens as a member of the book discussion group makes a point.
Although "Gatsby" commonly is thought of as a tragedy and being about the American dream, Poritsky said it isn't. He even said that if one searches on the Internet for "The Great Gatsby" it commonly comes up with "American dream." He said although Jay Gatsby's life seems better than most others in the book, in the end it isn't.
"His life is not better or richer," he noted.
Poritsky noted that what he originally thought of as weaknesses, are what gives the book great character.
During a discussion with the group, Poritsky noted the innocence of character Nick Carraway. Those in the group said that Carraway's character was a downfall of the movie adaptations that have taken place.
They said that his true character couldn't show through as he is the narrator of the book.
But the group also said that the way Fitzgerald used the English language and the phrases he used were what made it beautiful.
The event was just one of many events held at the library, along with the community, that has centered around the book.
The library previously hosted a luncheon on the book, a 1920s-style musician and showed the 2013 film adaptation of the book starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The library also teamed up with Penn College and the Community Theater League. The theater league will bring Fitzgerald's novel to life on stage in January. The college hosted "The Art and Illustrations of Zelda Fitzgerald," in the Gallery at Penn College.
Throughout the entire process, the library received 250 copies of the novel from the Scranton Public Library so that the entire community could take part in it.
The events were hosted in part due to a grant from the Friends of the James V. Brown Library organization.