Analysis Of Will To Power In The Great Gatsby

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Ways to Obtain Power Lim Tea-woo (20231) Literary Analysis Essay May, 21, 2015 In his book Will to Power, Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, wrote, “The world itself is the will to power – and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power – and nothing else!” Since the time the book was published in 1901, humankind has constantly desired power. People all over the world have always struggled to gain power and F. Scott Fitzgerald reveals this comparable human nature in his novel, The Great Gatsby. Published in 1925, the novel is set in Long Island and New York and shows the ways of the upper class in the early 20th century. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald demonstrates how one man is able to obtain power through finance, women…show more content…
The main character, Jay Gatsby, epitomizes Nietzsche’s belief of the “Will to power.” Gatsby is portrayed as a fabulously rich man who accomplished power by earning a tremendous amount of money during the time of prohibition – the United States ban on alcohol sale. Initially, Gatsby was initially poor and had to execute immoral things to earn money, “[Gatsby] and Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter” to earn money(148). Once he attained his financial power, Gatsby became the highlight of West Egg, entertaining all sorts of people from East Egg, West Egg and the city at his extravagant parties. The importance of Gatsby’s parties helps reflect the influence the power he was able to obtain, first from the money he earned and then by the social connections he…show more content…
First, Jay Gatsby earned money illegally in the society where money is power. Also, Tom exerts his power through his marriage and relationship with Myrtle, never taking any responsibility for his actions. Finally, Gatsby affected himself through a fabricated past and affected a manner of a high social status. Overall, the men in the novel are socially praised, financially rewarded and attain great power to use as they please. These are the wide-awakening horrors that cause Nick Carraway to realize that in America, if a man truly has the will to power, anything is
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