Gatsby, otherwise known as Jay Gatz, was an unusual man- dressed up in a pink suit and making his way to the top (seemingly) like it was nothing. We could talk about how unusual Gatsby’s tendencies and personality was for days, as it’s quite the controversial topic. But instead, we’ll touch upon Fitzgerald 's choices in The Great Gatsby that helped make Gatsby into the character he was. One of the major choices was Fitzgerald’s emphasis on aging and decaying, which helped show that while the world aged and changed, Jay Gatz didn’t.
Carelessness: Failure to give sufficient attention to avoiding harm or errors; negligence. Being careless is a poor quality that, unfortunately, many people possess. Obviously, every single person has committed an act of carelessness. It is natural for a human to do so. Seldom does carelessness result in a good outcome. When the act seems to be a recurring event, that is when severe action needs to take place.
Character development is literary device used in every piece of writing. It can be large or small. The characters change in one way or another. Character development can be clearly stated or hinted by the author. Authors explain character developments via dialogue, actions, conflicts, and many other things. Being aware of character development in a text can assist one in analyzing that text. It helps the reader to know more about why some events take place in books. Character development drives the plot because if the characters don’t move the story doesn’t move. The character has to develop in order for the novel to progress. One example of a piece of literature with a very distinct character development is classic novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Character development in The Great Gatsby is essential to even understand the plot as well as driving the plot. Character development is most distinctively shown by Jay Gatsby in his mysteriousness,
Throughout ‘The Great Gatsby’ Fitzgerald presents the idea that the wealthy people are spilt into two distinct groups. The first group are the characters born into wealth, for example; Tom and Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker. These are the characters that come from generations of wealth and have the ‘easy life’. They do not work, nor have to worry about anything other than themselves. They have security and ‘peers’ whom share the same taste as them. These are the people that are classed as ‘old money’. Furthermore, the other group are the characters that have worked for their wealth or have little wealth to their name, for example; Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Myrtle and George Wilson. These characters all work for a living; they do not have the
Gatsby’s downfall suggests that equal opportunities to achieve success in our lives don’t exist, people take advantage of far too many things that it is ruined for others. For example, Daisy took advantage of Gatsby and Tom. Daisy seemed to only want the person with the most money, but that wasn’t exactly true.
As defined by Aristotle, “a tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction” (“Tragic Hero” 1). In The Great Gatsby, Great historical writers like Sophocles and the aforementioned Aristotle used this character archetype while manifesting their works to create characters that were both larger than life, but also were human. Like these dateless litterateurs, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses this timeless archetype to create the titular character Jay Gatsby. Fitzgerald likens Gatsby to fellow tragic heros like Antigone, Oedipus Rex, and Odysseus by describing him to be both a common man and larger than life. Furthermore, similar to other tragic heroes, Gatsby has a tremendous fall from grace. F. Scott Fitzgerald threads numerous tragic hero archetypal characteristics throughout The Great Gatsby to mold Jay Gatsby into a modern tragic hero.
In the book, Gatsby is very foolish, his actions are unreasonable and unrealistic. “He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: "I never loved you."” (125) Gatsby had expected Daisy to be the same girl she was five years ago, but the truth is that she isn't. Many things had happened to the both of them and he had set up a foolish expectation that Daisy was willing to leave Tom for him. Gatsby’s foolishness originated with Daisy. His infatuation
The Great Gatsby, like the Great Houdini, is an illusionist. Similar to the Great Houdini, the Great Gatsby has a tremendous rise to fame and an outrageous reputation. Jay Gatsby's tragic flaw does not seem horrendous at first when compared to Willy Loman, Macbeth, and other tragic characters in literature, but his love for Daisy shows that the power of love outranks all other flaws. During Gatsby's youth, he met a girl named Daisy, who he immediately fell for. Unfortunately, he had to leave Daisy to go to war. After the war, he was determined to find Daisy but five years later, his feelings are not reciprocated; Daisy toys with him, uses Gatsby to make her husband jealous, and allows Gatsby to take the blame for the murder of her husband’s mistress. The most tragic of the three protagonists studied is Jay Gatsby because he demoralizes himself in a futile attempt at expired love, he has few genuine companions, and he cannot let go of the past.
“As soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host, but the two or three people of whom I asked his whereabouts stared at me in such an amazed way, and denied so vehemently any knowledge of his movements, that I slunk off in the direction of the cocktail table – the only place in the garden where a single man could linger without looking purposeless and alone.” (Fitzgerald, 42)
“I wouldn't ask too much of her, I ventured. You can't repeat the past. Can't repeat the past? he cried incredulously. Why of course you can!” (110). This quote is stated by Nick and Gatsby. Nick is talking to Gatsby. It’s located in the first four sentences. He’s talking to Gatsby, who is determined to catch his dream, and tells him that his dream is basically an illusion and he’s unable to obtain his dream. Gatsby, of course, refuse to believe Nick’s realism and wants to continue to attempt his dream. Nick seems more contemplative and clinical while Gatsby feels determined and corrigible. This quote shows that Nick is trying to warn Gatsby that you can’t change the past while Gatsby refuses to believe it. In short, Gatsby struggles against time.
Precisely what defines greatness? This thought-provoking question has been debated throughout history as people attempt to label historical figures and athletes alike. While some measure the statistics in prolific athletes, everyday people may be judged by their achievements, benevolence, and character. In the classic novel, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is utterly enamored with his long-lost love, Daisy Buchanon. To win over his dream girl, Gatsby amasses an enormous wealth and moves into an extravagant mansion just across the bay from Daisy and her unfaithful husband, Tom. Throughout the novel, Gatsby’s every action is inspired by his desire to court Daisy, and Jay believes that he will successfully woo her. However, this dream is soon put to a blunt and abrupt halt when Gatsby is killed by George Wilson, who is falsely led to believe that Gatsby killed his wife. The novel is narrated by Nick Carraway, who identifies as Gatsby’s
“If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die.”- Maya Angelou. This quote shows that if love or respect is lost, then this can cause an actual death of a loved one or an important person. This is the main reason what caused Gatsby's death in the novel The Great Gatsby. In the 1920’s many people lived wild and freely which cause many people to take risks and many people to have an affair. Daisy and Gatsby came back from a dispute which they were having with Tom. Daisy later drove down the valley of ashes and saw Myrtle in the distance. Daisy proceeds and suddenly struck Myrtle and killed her at the scene. Later the death of Gatsby happened because George Wilson thought that Gatsby killed Myrtle. Some people are the reason for Gatsby’s death like Tom for having an affair with Myrtle, Daisy for killing Myrtle, and finally Gatsby himself for causing all the problems.
It becomes quite apparent to the reader after the meticulous description of their past relationship that his ultimate goal is to essentially turn back the clock and continue the authentic romance that he had with her back in his more youthful days. He does almost everything in his power to achieve this feat; as revealed by Jordan Baker, “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay… he says he’s read a Chicago paper for years just on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy’s name” (78-9). Evidently, from the time that they separated, Gatsby rearranges his entire lifestyle as he once knew it just so he could keep close tabs on Daisy’s whereabouts to prevent his cherished memories of the past from slipping away. Through the progression of the plot, Gatsby and Daisy eventually develop a relationship unbeknownst to Daisy’s husband, Tom Buchanan. Through this development, the reader quickly notices that Gatsby is readily willing to risk his own integrity and accept responsibility as the one responsible for the breakup of another person’s marriage. The apex of this sacrifice is reached when Myrtle is struck in a hit-and-run accident involving Gatsby’s car. Gatsby admits to Nick that Daisy was the one driving at the time of the accident, yet fails to come forward about the matter to clear his own name in an effort to protect the love of his life. Tom nonetheless realizes that Gatsby’s car is the one involved and concludes that Gatsby is the one who killed her after investigating the situation, although this is not truly the case. He admits to Nick towards the end of the book that George Wilson, Myrtle’s husband at the time, was on a mission to kill someone, and he was therefore forced to give up Gatsby as the criminal. As stated, “‘I told him the truth… He was crazy enough to kill me if I hadn’t told him who owned the
Finding love is hard but, once an individual finds love and then loses that special person the conflict is inevitable because the moments and memories were unforgettable. Although a person may convince himself that he is over his feelings, it is easy to drive himself crazy over something that should've been left behind. In the novel The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, portrays the main character Jay Gatsby as a person that is obsessed with his past which leads him to madness.
Both protagonists, Harold Fry and The Great Gatsby have a contrast roll throughout the progression of the novels. In The Great Gatsby, the author Fitzgerald does not reveal who Gatsby is, whereas in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry novel, the author allows the reader the significant role of Harold Fry. In the novel it quotes “ "She never loved you, do you hear?” he cried. “She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved any one except me..." Gatsby speaks with a declaration, but it is also tinged with a love of the past, and what that past might have meant in his own mind, another vision of the "Platonic conception of self." ( Fitzgerald 34). Gatsby declares to Tom about how Daisy never loved him, and she