The Great Gatsby Quotes Analysis

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There are many reasons why a person would want to pretend like someone they are not. It could be for shame, fear, or pride, it could be for any reason. However, the real question is, is this worth it? The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald deeply critiques the masks people put on during the 1920s just for the sole purpose of fitting in to society, which mostly consists of wealthy people. With this, comes the superficiality of them and the situation they are in. Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson are some of the main characters who demonstrates these issues. In his novel, Fitzgerald reveals that people from the 1920s, such as Gatsby and Myrtle, creates a front of being wealthy in order to fit into what society thinks of as acceptable, …show more content…

This is seen when Nick was talking about Gatsby and says, “On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight” (Fitzgerald 39). This quote demonstrate how big and grand Gatsby’s parties are. Gatsby’s car, “his Rolls-Royce” show his wealth, a fancy car that “became an omnibus,” a public transportation that everyone uses, which further emphasizes his wealth by pointing out that this expensive car only has a little value to Gatsby as it is being used by everyone. Adding on to that, this car is “bearing parties,” as a way of inviting people into his house to show off his grand mansion. They come “to and from the city,” which expands on the fact that many people come for his party from all over New York. These parties last from “nine in the morning and long past midnight,” which points out the idea of the party being a blast, where there is endless fun and guests coming any time and staying as long as they want, which gives Gatsby the satisfaction of being a rich and excellent party host. The parties concludes Gatsby’s use of his old money facade to be known and loved nd by society, who, in the 1920s, likes to drink and party all the time. Secondly, Myrtle does something similar. When Myrtle was in the party with her friends, she tells Mrs. McKee, “I’m going to give you this dress, as soon as …show more content…

This is seen when Gatsby is confronted by Tom about Daisy and his past. Gatsby then protects himself and he “began to talk excitedly to Daisy, denying everything, defending his name against accusations that had not been made. But with every word she was going further and further into herself” (Fitzgerald 134). This quote shows Gatsby’s past interfered with his relationship with Daisy. Gatsby “talk excitedly to Daisy,” who represents everything he had worked for, the person that he tried so hard to hide his past from. He is “denying everything, defending his name,” which demonstrates his desperate attempt of trying to keep her by justifying all the things that he did in the past and continuously tries to protect and defend the front that he created to get her. They talk about the “accusation that had not been made,” which refers to everything that he did in the past that is a part of him that do not need to be said because Gatsby himself knows what he did and does not want them to be said out loud. However, with “every word,” which refers to the explanation and justification Gatsby has for his true self only made Daisy “drawing further and further into herself,” which caused the reaction that Gatsby dreads to happen, for Daisy, who have been his biggest dream, to slip away

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