Jay Gatsby Search For The American Dream

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Nick, Jay, and the Search for The American Dream Who is the real Jay Gatsby? Is he an Old Rich gentleman who grew into his money or a New Rich partier who "worked" for his money? What about Nick Carraway? Is he a young man who traveled east to escape his old life or to begin a new chapter? Through the narration of Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald elaborately tells the exhilarating, exciting, and extremely emotional story of Jay Gatsby on his quest to acquire true love. 1 Nick; Misinterpretations Nick has some trouble when it comes to interpretations. When Nick was younger, his father told him, "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages…show more content…
Nick; Don 't tell full story 3 Jay; Upcoming Unlike what he wants everybody to believe, Jay Gatsby 's real name is James Gatz. "He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career..." (Fitzgerald 104). The day seventeen year old James Gatz stumbles across Dan Cody 's yacht is when he begins his journey. Jay wants to make a name for himself, but he does not want anyone to know where he comes from. 4 Jay; Journey From the moment he meets her, Daisy is the only person Jay wants in his life, but it was never meant to be. "He might have despised himself, for he had certainly taken her under false pretenses. I don 't mean that he had traded on his phantom millions, but he had deliberately given Daisy a sense of security; he let her believe that he was a person from much the same strata as herself..." (Fitzgerald 156). From this point on, Jay 's only goal is to win over the affection of Daisy. Everything he does is to gain her attention and love, but this is ultimately Jay 's downfall. He knows that there is a miniscule chance that he will end up with Daisy, yet, what keeps him going is his dream; the American Dream. He takes even the smallest sliver of hope and holds onto it for dear life, which, in the end, is what
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