I heard about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button years ago when it got nominated for an Academy Award. Back then I wanted to watch the movie, but never managed to do that. So, being me, I started to set the goal to read the book first – and here we are: a short review for a short story.
Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Published in: August 14th 2007 (First published in 1922)
The first baby of family Button arrives and everyone gets excited until the moment the baby is revealed to the father. It turns out to be an old man, not understanding the ways of how babies are to be behaved and instead is being entertained by the grandfather of the family. Still trying to make the “baby” fit in as good as possible, family Button still tries to treat the old man like a child. But within the years Benjamin and his family recognize that he is indeed getting young instead of the natural opposite, getting older and dying of old age. So the story of Benjamin starts as he struggles with collage applications, finding his love and having to obey his own son as the mention got older and pretending to be his uncle while Benjamin, the father, has to attend elementary school.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has been a nice, entertaining story, turning the world upside down and showing how it is when you age the other way around. Life is still a struggle, being put in a different perspective. Expectations have been missed since Benjamin came to the world as an old man. It is a curious case, since he has obviously been the first one to do so.
The story tells of the struggles of being an outsider, a story which not necessarily has to be put in a case such as Benjamin’s. If you don’t fit into society’s norms, you get treated differently. Society is very willing to push you into norms because sticking out like a sore thumb is weird and unnatural. Being like everyone else is easy to understand and not worrying at all. But sometimes you don’t fit into a shape, no matter how hard other people are trying to make it happen.
That’s what I think is this short story about if you look a bit upon the really curious case of an old man being born into the world.
I really enjoyed the writing style by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it has been a smooth read yet it felt a little bit too rushed, even for a short story.
I give 4 out of 5 stars to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald because I liked the way the story was written, yet I wished for more details.
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