In the beginning of the story, Jay Gatsby is a mystery and we are left wondering what is up with this Gatsby man that everyone talks about yet no one knows. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays Gatsby as the
When Nick asks people about Gatsby, they all give him different answers. At a party, Jordan tells him that he's an Oxford man and another woman tells Nick that Gatsby killed a man. People know very little of him so they make up rumors about him and nobody is sure of which are true or not. Nick lives right next door to him but still knows very little of him. When Nick sees Gatsby standing outside on the dock with his arms stretched out towards the water, he stands there wondering what he is doing.
“Well, I’m going to tell you something about my life… I don’t want you to get the wrong idea of me from all these stories you hear… I’ll tell you God’s truth… I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West—all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford…” (65). Nick was truly convinced that his whole story was one lie upon another, especially the way Gatsby hesitated and rush through certain words. This was before Gatsby showed him his two precious jewels: the photo of himself at Oxford and the medal from Montenegro, which served as complete astonishment to Nick.
The primary source of all the misconception about Gatsby’s origins comes from his guests’ ostentatious rumors and stories. Everyone in West Egg knows of Gatsby and his over the top parties. That is what he is most credited for in West Egg, however, nobody knows anything else about who he is. Naturally, when people do not have the information they rumor and speculate about the truth and create their own version of truth from that. These ludicrous rumours and stories have caused many wild assumptions about Gatsby such as him having killed a man or him having been a German spy “somebody told me they thought he killed a man once.”
TKAM Study Guide Chapters 20-23 Expectation: At least 3 sentences per question. Why had Dolphus Raymond made himself into a town outcast? What commentary is he making about the town and its values? Dolphus has made himself a town outcast because the town doesn’t accept the way he wants to live his life. All he does is gives them a reason to, which he can’t help because he is always drunk.
‘100 $Bill’ and ‘Young and Beautiful’ both spoke for Gatsby strongly as they were played in a manner to present him in separate lights and represented both his hopes and his fears. His disregard for riches is easily expressed in the song 100 $ Bill as he pays no attention to the amount he spends in the secret bar or on his extravagant parties, it also shows how he takes business as a pastime not a necessity. However the song Young and Beautiful, brings up how he wants Daisy to love him even when he doesn’t have the riches anymore, which is both a hope and a fear as he is unsure of how far she will allow their ‘affair’ to go. The song also brings up bringing her love to heaven with her, which can be said for Gatsby but does Daisy really want to go with him. He seems to bypasses her wants there as well as in the confessing of who Daisy really loves and we never see him ask her.
Deceitful Minds In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald sets the book up to make two characters in particular to look very important. Those characters names are Nick and Jay Gatsby. Nick is a small town man that has recently moved next door to Mr. Gatsby in West Egg NY, Mr. Gatsby is this very wealthy man who throws these elegant parties every weekend. As the book continues, we begin to see that these two men are actually not as truthful and honorable as they are made out to be.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates the nineteen twenties prosperous period as well as the dark secrets of the United States history. James Gatsby is a young man who is raised in poverty to wealth and power. His rise to wealth is the ipodomy of the American dream even though he used illegal means of making money. Gatsby sold illegal liquor through his pharmacy during the prohibition. The Great Gatsby also shows the lack of police enforcement of the new laws from the twenty first amendment.
How he came across it is something many debate about, but the simple fact of the matter is that, by the time Nick meets him, Jay Gatsby is the epitome of the 1920’s dream. This dream in which one has such a surplus of money and frivolous items that everyone else seems unworthy of their presence. Gatsby has a mansion large enough to house a hundred people, and enough liquor to drink them all into a stupor. He has numerous cars, an endless supply of food, party guests galore, and yet, he indulges in none of it. m The parties and luxurious lifestyle are not something that Gatsby is able to fully embrace because, while they help temporarily fill the void inside of him, they also, to some extent, make the void
These arguments are simply not valid. In the novel, The Great Gatsby , one of the protagonists, Jay Gatsby, was born into a poor family but became rich through shady circumstances. Even with his enormous wealth, he was still never integrated into the upper reaches of high societies. He threw enormous parties for extremely powerful and wealthy people, but
Want to be seen as successful, important, worthy, on the same level as Gatsby. Quote:”The Carraways are something of a clan, and we have a tradition that we're descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch, but the actual founder of my line was my grandfather's brother, who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War, and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on to-day.” (Fitzgerald, 3) Nick thinks that he is important, and worthy of the praise that people like Gatsby and Tom get.