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Gatsby essay

  • Date Submitted: 04/24/2013 12:23 PM
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the main protagonist Jay Gatsby is presented as being great in several senses, such as being a romantic, the way he is perceived, his potential, this greatness is only limited to an extent. This limitation of greatness is due to his pursuit of a distorted American Dream, and this is the central idea of the novel. For Gatsby, the American Dream is the love of Daisy Buchanan, a woman whom Gatsby has perceived with an idealistic image of the perfect trophy wife, an image which Daisy neither possesses nor deserves. In the novel, the greatness (and limitations of that greatness) of Gatsby is developed through how Fitzgerald comments on the American Dream, using the character of Gatsby to develop his core themes.
No. Starting from poverty, he achieves a lot, but, his "Achilles Heel" is the pursuit of a married woman he can't have, which leads to the deaths of two people. A great person would admit to themselves they can't have everything they want and find someone else.
Jay Gatsby deserves to be called “Great” do to the fact that he dedicates his whole life into making his dreams a reality, which is reuniting with his true love, Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby reveals that “ I can’t describe to you how surprised I was find out I loved her, old sport. I even hoped for a while that she’d throw me over, but she didn’t, because she was in love with me too…”(Source C pg. 157) Another reason why Gatsby deserve to be called “Great” because he told Tom that “Your wife doesn’t love you, She never loved you. She loves me.”(Source B pg.137) Telling Tom about this makes Gatsby “Great” because then Daisy no longer needs to stay with her husband whom she never loved, and enjoy her life with the person she truly loves which is Jay Gatsby.

The numerous reason why Gatsby deserves to be called “Great” is when he reveals that “ but of course I’ll say I was. You see, when we left New York she was very nervous and she thought it would steady her to drive-and this…”( Source B pg. 151) In this...


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