Comparison Of Identity In The Great Gatsby

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Americans today tend to believe that each individual has their own distinct personality that represents who they are in the society. When it comes to the topic of identity, most of us will readily agree that Jay Gatsby and Forrest Gump’s identities changed through the life time. The changes in their identities bring huge differences in their love, wealth, social status, and friendship. Where this argument usually ends, however, is on the question of do we need to change our identity on purpose. Whereas The Great Gatsby is convinced that individuals can create their identities by strong efforts, Forrest Gump maintains that even if individuals don’t have self-reflective, their identities can still shift, but both show that people’s identity can change over time. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald argues that Gatsby is trying hard to make a difference of his identity because of a woman named Daisy. After Gatsby invited Daisy and Nick to his luxuriant mansion, Gatsby and Daisy were extremely happy and excited. Nick noticed that all the thing Gatsby has done for almost five years is for Daisy, is for his fantasy dream. F. Scott Fitzgerald himself writes, “He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.” (Fitzgerald, p95). The writer is saying that Gatsby fell in love with Daisy more and

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