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The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald

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Gatsby has already proved to himself and to Daisy that he is successful and he shares this with Daisy by showing her his possessions, including luxurious English shirts. While it appears that Gatsby wins Daisy’ s affection, it’ s only for a short time, further proving that it is merely hope for her that exists. This is not enough to keep her and for him to live a full life. Gatsby’ s love for Daisy made him be a better person- he is loyal, charitable and a go-getter, but yet, he leads a life left in conflict because it is only material things that he has but no substance.

Nick’ s point of view of Gatsby both adores and criticizes him. Nick sees through Gatsby’ s flashy lifestyle and lying and cheating but on the other hand, he can’ t help but want to be like him and has high regard for him. “ The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself (Fitzgerald, 104). Nick goes on to say that he “ invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception, he was faithful to the end” (Fitzgerald, 104).

Gatsby is motivated to succeed because he came from nothing, while Daisy has always had money. Nick comes to this conclusion and is aware that Gatsby could never get over the “ old rich” as reckless because Tom and Daisy were “ careless people” and “ smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that let them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made, ” (Fitzgerald 180).

This obstacle of never being able to bridge the coming into money gap is another reason why Gatsby would never be fully able to live a fulfilled life. Despite the fact that Gatsby is everything he despises, Nick cannot help but believe that Gatsby’ s heart was in the right place when he says, “ Gatsby’ s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’ s dock… his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.

He did not know that it was already behind him” (Fitzgerald 182).      

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  • Pages: 4 (1000 words)
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  • Subject: Literature
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