Platonic Man In The Great Gatsby Essay

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Even though Gatsby was able to use his platonic conception of himself to become successful, old money still haunts him. In the novel, Fitzgerald exemplifies the importance of Gatsby 's platonic conception in fulfilling the American dream. Gatsby creates his life based off of his image of what he wants to be. This is excellently endorsed in the novel, this idea of his platonic conception of himself makes him fulfilling the American dream. Gatsby was able to see the version of himself that he wanted to be and made himself into that person. In the novel Nick Carraway notices how Gatsby worked to create the life for himself after Gatsby opens up to him by stating, “The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg came from him platonic conception of himself.…show more content…
Gatsby was raised by poor farmers in North Dakota. He never accepted that fact and did everything he could to not end up like them.When Gatsby opens up to Nick about the past he states, “In his own imagination he was a son of God, destined for more.” He wanted to be rich and successful. He was able to get the money he wanted but there is one thing that he could not get, Daisy. When Gatsby went off to war Daisy waited for him for a while then settled and got married to Tom; old money. She would have never wanted Gatsby if she new the truth, that he was poor. Gatsby wanted to cover up the fact that he is new money by overdoing it with his parties and money. Everything he does is so he can get Daisy, but unfortunately it fails. Despite all of his efforts to win Daisy back he is unsuccessful due to the fact that he is new money. Gatsby was able to learn from the failures of his past but the one thing that he could not get over is the loss of Daisy. One critic exemplifies this but stating, “His exuberant ambitions and his abrupt tragedy have merged with the story of Americans, in is self creation and failures,” the failure that the critic is talking about is his inability to get Daisy. The parties and the big house is all for

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