The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel that focuses on Jay Gatsby, and his attempt to regain a relationship that was left in the past with Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby is an ambiguous character. Gatsby had many great qualities, such as being a dreamer, determined, devoted and wealthy. On the other hand, Gatsby possesses many flaws, a few being dishonest, possessive, naive, and living off an idea from the past. His inability to let go of the past and move on ultimately leads to chaos and reveals that Gatsby can not process the passage of time. Nick Carraway, our narrator, learns much about Gatsby throughout his time living in West Egg. Gatsby was a “penniless young man,” however he fell in love with Daisy Buchanan, a well off young woman, …show more content…
From this point on, Gatsby dedicates his life to becoming the man Daisy wished he was. “The house on my right was a colossal affair by any standard–it was a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby's mansion.”(Fitzgerald 5) We learn throughout the novel of Gatsby's great riches and compassion for others. He allows people to stay in his mansion after he throws carnival-like parties, he buys women new dresses after theirs gets ruined, and everything he does is to be ingratiated by the public and Daisy. He has big dreams, specifically to attract Daisy back into his life. “He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way…Involuntarily I glanced seaward--and distinguished nothing except a single green …show more content…
In chapter four of The Great Gatsby, Nick and Gatsby drive to New York City. During the ride, Gatsby enlightens Nick of his past, and how he became the man he is. “I'll tell you God’s truth…I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West-all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition.” (Fitzgerald 65) We later learn in the novel that this is all a lie. Gatsby did not grow up in a wealthy family, rather a poor family on a farm in North Dakota. Gatsby keeps up this pretense throughout the novel. In chapter 7, Tom, Nick, Daisy, Gatsby and Jordan all go up the New York City on the hottest day of the year. The weather represents the tensions rising between Tom and Nick as fights break out between the two. Gatsby is a naive romantic, believing that Daisy will leave her husband, mansion and everything else behind for Gatsby. “Daisy, that’s all over now, It doesn't matter anymore. Just tell him the truth-that you never loved him-and it's all wiped forever.” (Fitzgerald 132) Although they once had a beautiful relationship, Gatsby is trapped in the past and can not move on. He is so controlled by the idea of rekindling what they once had, that he causes a huge fight to break out, which ultimately leads to Myrtle's death and Gatsby's death. His naiveness, dishonesty and rage when he is unable to win
He buys his house to live close to her, and throws extravagant parties to see her. People should not center their lives on a person because people change. Different experiences change what a person values and wants. Gatsby fails to understand that Daisy’s experiences have changed her, and he lives his life trying to impress her and repeat the
From Gatsby’s childhood schedule, Fitzgerald establishes that Gatsby was going to make it far in life. It is when he comes across Daisy (who Fitzgerald characterizes as a siren by her “voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget” (9).) that his life begins to follow a path of obsession. Even though Gatsby and Myrtle both chased after people who represented their temptations (Daisy as an unobtainable first love and Tom as status and wealth), only Gatsby is regarded as good when Nick mentions that “Gatsby turned out all right at the end…” (2). The reason for this could be found near the end of the book when Gatsby tells the gardener to delay draining the pool, stating that “‘I’ve never used that pool all summer’” (153).
He is portrayed as a romantic and idealistic dreamer, who believes that he can recreate the past with Daisy. He is also shown to be a tragic figure, whose dream is ultimately not attainable. He is also portrayed as naive, and his actions lead to his downfall. He is willing to do anything to win Daisy back, even if it means doing illegal activities or putting himself in danger. Gatsby's relationship with Daisy is the main focus of the novel.
Therefore making the argument that Gatsby is a compulsive, obsessive, and delusional charter. Throughout the entire novel, Nick is trying to figure out who Gatsby really is and if any of the things he has told him are true. Spoiler: not much of what Gatsby says to Nick at first is the truth. To start off Gatsby claims, “I am the son of some wealthy people in the MidWest- all dead now” (page 64).
In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, shows careless people with no emotions just looking out for themselves and covering their mistakes. Nick the narrator tells the story about his close friend, Gatsby, who was in the military when he met Daisy (Nick’s cousin), and had instantly fallen in love with her. Gatsby left her because of his job in the military and Daisy married a rich man named Tom. Soon Gatsby found out that the reason Daisy married Tom was because of his money and nothing else.
In the story Gatsby lies about his life background in order for Daisy to love him and be accepted by her. “And it was from Cody that he inherited money- a legacy of twenty-five thousand dollars.” “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.” Gatsby develops an obsession with wealth and status and recastes himself as the wealthy man he envisions to be.
He makes himself very wealthy, but tells everyone that he is “the son of some wealthy people in the Midwest - all dead now.” This insinuates that he inherited the money. This lie truly falls apart when Gatsby’s father shows up to his funeral at the end of the novel. Gatsby deceives everyone into thinking he was a sincerely wealthy man when in reality he obtained
While Daisy and Gatsby have a passionate history, Daisy values financial stability and the assurance of an expensive, lush life over love. Thus, Gatsby fabricates a persona that would impress her and her surrounding social circle by hosting attractive and extravagant parties with every luxury available (Fitzgerald 32). Even with the knowledge of Daisy's marriage, the millionaire continues to work diligently to offer Daisy a lavish lifestyle. On the other hand, Daisy cannot accept Gatsby's unforeseen wealth and power as she reminisces about the working-class boy she once adored in her youth.
Gatsby goes to the lengths of decorating the inside of Nick's house with flowers and working on landscaping outside of the house. The whole day waiting for Daisy to arrive Gatsby is all nerves. Even though the outcome could be scary he hangs onto the memory and feeling of the past and hopes that he can come back in and sweep Daisy off of her feet. In another instance, the group went to town on a blazing hot day in chapter VII. Daisy complains about the heat and Tom snaps at her to quit complaining and Gatsby jumps in right behind and says, ”Why not let her alone, old sport?”
Gatsby spent all of his life trying to reach that goal. “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people-his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all.” (Fitzgerald 98) This shows how all his life he longed to be in high society but the only true way to do that is to get married into it which was one of the reasons Daisy was so important to him. He worked really hard to be rich but still ended up in West Egg and spent the rest of his life trying to get the status of the people in East egg.
I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years,” (Fitzgerald). Although Gatsby says he comes from wealthy parents and creates a false backstory about his life, he does this to win Nick Carroways trust. He began to reveal his true identity to Nick, however he still feels the need to lie about his story by claiming that he and Nick have similar backgrounds because they come from a similarity of a wealthy background. Gatsby not only lies about his background he sticks with it till the end.¨So he invented just the sort of the Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end,¨(Fitzgerald). This reveals that Gatsby's lies about his identity began as a little kid, when he first reinvented himself as a wealthy rich person in life.
Coming back from the war and hearing that Daisy got married to a man who was wealthy and successful, Gatsby did his best to be as successful as him; Gatsby made his money mostly by selling liquor and also in other illegal ventures, these sorts of actions show how Gatsby was cheating his way through to make his successful all to impress Daisy. Gatsby later on the book did his best to win Daisy over by showing her his house, all the clothes he had and showing how wealthy he is, they met every now and then behind the back of Daisy’s husband. Gatsby did not get to be with Daisy due to the fight he had with her Tom when he figured out that his wife was having an affair with Gatsby. After this incident, Gatsby’s death occurs which is due to Daisy driving the car and killing Myrtle, later on Myrtle’s husband figures out who killed his wife and goes after Gatsby and kills him and in the process of shooting himself “The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete” (Fitzgerald, pg.