Nick and the reader weren’t certain he existed. Only a select few could claim that they have seen and conversed with him. Eventually though, Nick ends up meeting him on accident in a bit of an ironic twist. To Nick, Gatsby was a man with limitless charm and ambition. An entire paragraph was dedicated to describing how positive and reassuring his smile was.
The Great Gatsby Appearance vs Reality The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about how a man by the name of Jay Gatsby tries to win the heart of Daisy Buchanan, the woman he loves. The entirety of The Great Gatsby is told through the narrator, Nick Carraway. At first, Nick views the lifestyle of Jay Gatsby, Tom Buchanan and Daisy Buchanan in awe, but soon discovers that these people are not who they appear. Fitzgerald uses his characters and literary devices in The Great Gatsby to demonstrate the theme of appearance versus reality. One way Fitzgerald demonstrates appearance versus reality is through his characterization of Tom and Daisy Buchanan.
Mr. Gatsby grew up as a poor man with another name. He was born James Gatz, but later changed his name to Jay Gatsby as part of his transformation into a member of the upper crust of society. In the book The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is a great man because he is a decorated World War I hero, he is always faithful to Daisy, and he takes the blame when Daisy runs over Ms. Wilson. One aspect that highlights the greatness of Mr. Gatsby is his sacrifice to
Tom pressures Nick to stay and drink with him and Nick has only been “drunk twice in my life and the second time was that afternoon” (pg. 33) at the hotel party; where Tom has an affair with Myrtle. He has no moral concern about his own affair with Myrtle, but still “broke her nose with his open hand” (pg.41) when she says Daisy’s name. on the other hand, he begins to suspect Daisy and Gatsby of having an affair as well, Tom becomes outraged and enforces to meet Gatsby himself. Tom is a static character, meaning he does not have any moral or physical change in The Great Gatsby.
While Jay Gatsby was praised by Fitzgerald and other characters throughout the Great Gatsby only his success separates him from anyone else with a dream and self-discipline. Fitzgerald utilizes Nick Carraway in setting Gatsby on an elusive pedestal. Throughout the book Nick narrates his view of his curious neighbor and the honorable qualities he perceives in him. His reputation for lavish parties and insurmountable wealth further his climb into seemingly impassable righteousness as characters throughout the book fawn over Gatsby’s boisterous parties. His polished variant of his life story only builds the argument that he is indeed great.
“Great men are not born great, they grow great (Puzo)”. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the protagonist Jay Gatsby comes from a poor background and strives into a wealthy individual because of his hard work and determination. In the Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway, the narrator, reflects on how Gatsby hails from a lower-class family in North Dakota surviving with nearly nothing. Eventually after returning from World War I, he moves to West Egg New York to attempt to win the love of his life back, Daisy Buchanan whom lives in East Egg and is married to Tom Buchanan. Unfortunately, it is obvious to Gatsby she is not able to accept him for who he is because of the difference in social status and wealth between them.
Jay Gatsby is a mystery to those around him because of the way he presents himself. He stays hidden away in his house while telling people only the smallest details about himself, leaving them to guess the rest. Before Nick meets Gatsby at his party, he hears several different stories about him from other partygoers. One woman even says that, “Somebody told me they thought he’d killed a man once (44)”. Often these small details Gatsby tells people can seem to contradict, such as the time when Gatsby says he is “the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West (65)” but then later goes on to say that he is from San Francisco.
Gatsby has very extravagant parties that many people from New York attend. However no one knows how Gatsby can afford all these parties and how he got the money he did. Gatsby meets Nick at one of his parties and offers to take him to lunch. Gatsby’s work partner Wolfsheim starts to talk about work related things but Gatsby quiets him down quickly “oh, no, he exclaimed this isn’t the man!”(Fitzgerald 75). Gatsby wears his mask to hide his illegal work and the way he got his money.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of “The Great Gatsby”, portrays Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan in a comparative manner. Jay Gatsby is seen as a man who is humble and gracious, while Tom Buchanan is seen as a man who is haughty and self-centered. Furthermore, Jay Gatsby and Tom come from very contrasting backstories. Jay, as stated in the novel, Jay comes from “New money”, while Tom comes from “Old money”. A similarity is how they both have feelings for Daisy.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrays the themes of love, lust and obsession, through the character of Jay Gatsby, who confuses lust and obsession with love. The character of Jay Gatsby was a wealthy business man, who the author developed as arrogant and tasteless. Gatsby 's love interest, Daisy Buchanan, was a subdued socialite who was married to the dim witted Tom Buchanan. She is the perfect example of how women of her level of society were supposed to act in her day. The circumstances surrounding Gatsby and Daisy 's relationship kept them eternally apart.