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Gatsby Is Not "Great" Essay

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Jay Gatsby is in no way "great". Society's perception of a person in the "Roaring Twenties" rarely went beyond their appearance and material wealth. This is the tragic flaw of mankind and is carried on into today's society. Through his money, parties, and pursuit of love, Gatsby is mistakenly thought of as "great", however, in actuality his greatness is superficial and non-existent.Gatsby's money was the sole reason that he surrounded himself with so many people. Even though they were a constant presence, there was no personal connection between he and his guests. People are willing to be anyone's friend if they are blessed in the possession of wealth. His name is known ...view middle of the document...

People go to these parties, because they know they can have fun and not worry about causing damage, because Gatsby will repair everything to new. He doesn't want any problems. " 'I like to come,' Lucille said, "I never care what I do, so I always have a good time. When I was here last I tore my gown on a chair, and he asked me my name and address-- inside of a week I got a package from Croirier's with a new evening gown in it.'" (47) This quotation is ideal to show the relation between Gatsby and his guests.Finally is his expectance that Daisy just forget about Tom and start a new life with Gatsby. In order to be a respectable person, Gatsby should have respected the fact that Daisy and Tom had already started a life together and even bore a child. Instead Gatsby was intent on disintegrating their marriage. " 'It doesn't matter any more. Just tell him the truth- that you never loved him- and it's all wiped out forever.'" (139) Gatsby's strong demand strikes the audience by showing a side not yet seen of Jay, and the realization that Daisy and Jay will never be together, is realized. With Gatsby's strong demand , and with Daisy's hesitation so drawn out, the reader knows that things won't work out .The title of this book is ironic in that in the conclusion, Gatsby has failed. His reason for living was to be with Daisy and his money did not buy her, his parties did not win her, and his pursuance of her love did not achieve her. Gatsby was not able to take all of the riches or popularity with him after he died and this exposed the theme that materialism leads to destruction.

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