Bad Attitude In The Great Gatsby

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“Great men are not born great, they grow great (Puzo)”. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the protagonist Jay Gatsby comes from a poor background and strives into a wealthy individual because of his hard work and determination. In the Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway, the narrator, reflects on how Gatsby hails from a lower-class family in North Dakota surviving with nearly nothing. Eventually after returning from World War I, he moves to West Egg New York to attempt to win the love of his life back, Daisy Buchanan whom lives in East Egg and is married to Tom Buchanan. Unfortunately, it is obvious to Gatsby she is not able to accept him for who he is because of the difference in social status and wealth between them. However, he pushes…show more content…
Gatsby has been in love with Daisy for over five years, and even though they have not seen each other forever, he is constantly trying to keep in touch with her and maintain their lost relationship. At the end of chapter five, Daisy and Gatsby are finally reunited together at Nick’s house and while watching the two of them hold hands Nick mentions; “He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion…decking out with every bright feather that drifted his way” (95-96). Gatsby has put his heart and soul into keeping his relationship with Daisy, and the hard work finally pays off. Gatsby does everything he needs to do to find Daisy including moving to live directly across from her and hosting parties every weekend determined to find his love. Gatsby comes from an unwealthy background surviving with barely anything and no one to rely on. Since he is motivated to finally have a chance at being accepted by Daisy, he starts his own bootlegging business and while discussing with Nick, Gatsby stands in satisfaction; “It took me just three years to earn the money that bought it” (90). Gatsby earned all his success in that little of time and all on his own. Although it was an illegal business, it still takes an enormous amount of work and stamina to earn that much money and make a successful living in a short amount of

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