Sometimes those flaws can be their downfall. For many, a major downfall is the inability to let go. In “Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street,” the character's flaw was her inability to let go of her hatred for Helen. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” the character’s flaw was his inability to let go of an insult. In “The Scarlet Ibis,” the character’s flaw was his inability to let go of the idea of a normal brother.” In all of these stories, their flaws were their undoing.
Nick is just a normal man living in the lavish area of Long Island surrounded by mansions of the newly rich. The main character Jay Gatsby is neighbors with Nick, and lives across the bay from Daisy Buchanan which is no coincidence. Jay lives his entire life trying to win back the love of his life Daisy. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays Jay Gatsby as a man who is obsessive with love and will dedicate his life to his obsession. Jay is charming yet mysterious, he throws lavish parties with hundreds of people yet no one has ever seen Gatsby.
But ultimately Gatsby is the most hopeful man in the world. His heart is bigger than his ego. His uncanny knowledge to act rich make him a great man It might be argued that Gatsby’s feelings for Daisy are idealistic; with a strong determination he tries hard to be close to Daisy. He moves to a house just across the lake, throws huge parties with the hope she will be at one, also makes plans with her 5 years since seeing each other. Finally, he takes the blame after she killed Myrtle in the car accident.
Many of the parties he held at his home were full of young, carefree spirits which the 1920’s are known for. Though it was told to be a glamorous time, not everything was as great it was made out to be. It was a corrupt and materialistic time when looking back and shining the light in a different way. Gangsters ran the cities, government officials were untrustworthy,
When in reality, the disillusionment is that they are both having an affair and are unfaithful to each other. Real love is completely unknown to them. Fitzgerald makes it clear that they hide behind their riches and feel they can do anything the wish. This displayed the disillusionment Nick Carraway had of the upper class and diminishing it to being nothing but unhappiness and deceit. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s modernistic novel, The Great Gatsby pointed to many instances where the theme of disillusionment was apparent.
Gatsby believes that wealth is the only way that he will “gain respect” (47) from Daisy so he acquires money by whatever means possible. The need to become wealthy for Daisy, drove Gatsby to the point of getting involved in “illegal activities (123) in order to become rich for Daisy. On the other hand, Daisy Buchanan determines who she will marry by how much money a person has. When Daisy was young, she has a relationship with Gatsby, but breaks it off because he does not “have enough money” (112). She then decides to settle on Tom, who is “abusive” (23) which Daisy tolerates due to the fact that Tom is extremely wealthy.
Another environment displaying the corrupt madness of wealth through the critique of the carelessness of those who have wealth, are Gatsby’s parties. Gatsby’s parties are a menagerie of people of all walks of life. Gatsby’s parties are exotically, delightful experiences: upon entrance “the lights grow brighter...laughter is easier, minute by minute,” and “once [one arrived] there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby and after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks” (44,
Men are majestic and women are well-dressed. Everyone seems so happy and then, Romeo and the others come with their masks on their faces so that it shouldn 't be understood that they are from Montagues. Capulet meets them nicely by saying that he was just like them in his youth. He says "tis gone, 'tis gone, 'tis gone" humourously and show them the way to the feast hall. It is very crowded inside and in the middle of the hall, above the guests there are many candles which are in the cages and they also illuminate there just like torches.
The reader is glimpsed this as Gatsby uses his power to get closer to Daisy, however he does not succeed. In the story, Jordan tells Nick that “Gatsby bought the house so that Daisy would be just across the bay” (137). Wealth is insanely powerful as shown by Gatsby due to him buying a house just to near a woman who he once loved. Jordan also tells Nick that Gatsby expected Daisy “to wander into one of his parties,some night, but she never did” (85). The reason for the parties is an endeavor of Gatsby to get Daisy to come to his party and see him and the power he has now.
Despite Charlie’s strife with society, he was wrongly used for the experiment. Charlie had faced many conflicts with society, as did most mentally impaired men and women. A testament to this was Frank and Joe; people like them took advantage of people similar to Charlie for something as petty as their own amusement. All the while, the butt of their jokes – in this case, Charlie- thought that the ‘antagonists’ were his(or her) best friends or well-wishers. Imbecilic practical jokes are only a thin veil covering an uglier truth.