The Great Gatsby Rotten Crowd Analysis

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‘The Great Gatsby’, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is set in the time of the Jazz Age. An era of parties, alcohol and no morals. Jay Gatsby, a wealthy man who lives in West Egg, is seen flawed due to how he made money through criminality, but is still seen good by Nick Carraway, Gatsby’s new friend and neighbour because of his loyalty and dreamer personality. Tom, Daisy, Jordan and Klipspringer are all in Gatsby’s life for the advantages, but are referred to as the ‘rotten crowd’ when Gatsby dies, and their true personalities are visible. Tom and Daisy are the rotten crowd associated with Gatsby. They are described as …“careless people…they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they…show more content…
He is an idealist, romantic and dreamer, not a racist or someone who is unfaithful. He wasn’t born into wealth, but “out of the gutter” (pg.162) He was thought by Gatz, his father, that he “was bound to get ahead” (pg. 164). Once Gatsby “made a success” (pg. 164), he was generous to his father even after he had ran off from home. He was loyal to Daisy whilst away; he even bought a house right across the bay from her. Fitzgerald uses a green light on the end of Daisy’s dock as a symbol of hope, which can be seen from Gatsby’s lawn. Gatsby lives for the past, he is determined to fix everything just the way it was before,” (pg. 106) he left for war. He is trying to hold onto lost love, he “believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.” (pg.171) The green light also represents the distance between Gatsby and Daisy, and was only a “colossal significance” (pg. 90) until he was reunited with her. Gatsby went as far to protect Daisy by saying, “of course I’ll say I was” (pg. 137) driving when Myrtle was killed by
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