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The Great Gatsby Essay

1247 words - 5 pages

English 1
26 April 2014
Truth Behind Reality
Have you ever had that feeling where you think you know someone but when you come
to find out you don’t? It’s a mutual feeling many get and are stunned by what they find out. In
theJ book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Fitzgerald mentions a quote in CH.6 which
reads, “ The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his own Platonic
conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just
that—and he must be about His Father’s Business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious
beauty” (98). With saying this, he’s comparing Gatsby and Jesus Christ ...view middle of the document...

With
that being said Daisy promised to wait for Gatsby until his return from war. But she didn’t,
instead she married a man named Tom Buchanan in 1919. From that moment on, Gatsby
dedicated himself to winning Daisy back. He acquired millions of dollars, threw extravagant
weepy parties, and owned a mansion in West Egg; and all for Daisy.

Fitzgerald does not present Gatsby’s full background nor the source of his wealth in the
beginning of the novel; instead he leaves the reader with questions, a mystery yet to be
discovered. He appears to the reader exactly how he appears to the world. Gatsby is only
presented to be surrounded by luxury, powerful and and gorgeous women. He is the talk of New
York and is seen as a celebrity without yet being fully introduced to the reader. The author uses
this technique to demonstrate Gatsby’s approach to life, which sums up his personality. Gatsby
even managed to change his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby to show the new him. Just by
completing his outrageous goal of becoming incredibly rich all for Daisy, shows his
extraordinary ability to transform his hopes and dreams into reality. This ability is what makes
Gatsby so great. Through the novel Gatsby reveals himself as an innocent man who risks
everything on his dreams not realizing his dreams are unworthy of him. When his dream of
Daisy disintegrates, it reveals the truth. Wealth causes the unworthiness of his dream, which is

how Fitzgerald sees the American dream. As America’s individualism becomes corrupted by the
ongoing pursuit of wealth.

One thing that many do not notice is how Gatsby only lived in a fancy house with fancy
decorations because he believed that by doing so, he would make people think more fond of him.
For example, when he had a shelf full of books to make others believe that he read a lot and was
part of the upper educated class. But it was an act gone wrong because it is soon found out that
the books had not been torn. Which meant he had not read them because before the pages of
books were attached together and one had to cut them apart as they proceeded reading. Gatsby is
also accused of faking a English accent which he uses because he believes it makes him seem
more upper class material. Also when he gives Daisy a tour in his house, one notices that all of
the house is filled with marvelous, luxurious objects except for his bedroom. This only shows,
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