Who Is The Janitor In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby
In the story, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are many themes relayed throughout the book. One of the most profound is the theme that Gatsby is striving to live the American Dream. The ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative. Before Jay Gatsby was Mr. Gatsby he was first a poor boy who grew up on a farm in North Dakota. He tried to go to college, but due to the fact that he was very poor, he had to work as a janitor to pay his way. Sadly, Mr. Gatsby ended up dropping out because he found it embarrassing to be a janitor. In the story Fitzgerald describes Gatsby’s life when he was growing up. Fitzgerald says, “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people — his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God .
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This is the moment that Daisy is now tied to Gatsby’s American Dream. “His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy's white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God.” His kiss with Daisy was a huge stepping stone in his american dream. It was the beginning of completely achieving his american dream. In conclusion, Gatsby built up his american dream throughout time. It first started as a simple thirst for a tin bit of wealth. After meeting Dan Cody it turned into a bigger quest for money and beautiful things. With Cody he saw all the beautiful things that money could buy. Once he met Daisy, all he wanted was Daisy. His dream was fulfilled for a little while, while he had Daisy. In the end, his American Dream was shattered by his
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