“Among the Ash Heaps and Millionaires” In the famous great American novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main character Jay Gatsby is portrayed as a romantic hero, hopeful dreamer, and as someone who is completely unforgettable. What makes Gatsby so great was not his wealth, position in society or his personal belongings, but his determination to make something of himself during a time in which moral corruptions were common. Jay Gatsby’s personal greatness was exemplified in his struggle against his own fate, devoted love towards Daisy, and self sacrifice. Jay Gatsby grew up in a family where money was not an easy thing to come by, but he was determined to change his social standing. He worked hard and dedicated himself …show more content…
On the last page was printed the words ‘schedule’.” (Fitzgerald 181). Since Gatsby was young, he knew that he was destined for a greater life. He patiently waited for an opportunity to come along that he could grasp his hands upon. Because of his hard work and his deep desire to make something more of himself, he eventually distanced himself from his family which society considered “unsuccessful farm people” (Fitzgerald 43). To achieve his dream, he composed a schedule which contained many educational and physical activities. This shows from a young age that he was determined to become someone who was valued by society. His own father knew the reality of what his son wanted, when he said, “Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something” (Fitzgerald 173). His father recognized in his son what others did not have the chance to see, because Gatsby’s previous life was unrecognizable. Gatsby put on a …show more content…
Gatsby’s dream of winning Daisy has been deferred for long enough, that it seems impossible to everyone else around him. He pursues the past while he is in the future. He pines for Daisy after losing her to another man. Gatsby’s elaborate parties were all thrown in hopes that someday Daisy would wander inside. Nick finds out Gatsby’s intentions when he says, “Then it had not been merely the stars to which he has aspired on that June night. He became alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor” (Fitzgerald 83). All the extravagant spending, the house, the new identity, the illegal activities, were all for Daisy. He throws everything he has into this charade as he tries to adapt to Daisy’s world of high society. The problem is that Gatsby is so close, but yet so far away, “he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way... I glanced seaward- and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock” (Fitzgerald 25). Gatsby tries to embrace the light that emits from the end of Daisy’s dock. The light is something that he cannot hold, just like he cannot hold Daisy Buchanan in his arms. He attempts to pursue his dream that is nothing more than an illusion. Despite being blinded with his infatuation with her, “He hadn’t once ceased looking at
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby provides the reader with a unique outlook on the life of the newly rich. Gatsby is an enigma and a subject of great curiosity, furthermore, he is content with a lot in life until he strives too hard. His obsession with wealth, his lonely life and his delusion allow the reader to sympathize with him.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s obsessive pursuit of goals suggest that Fitzgerald believe that obsessiveness and constant desires often lead to a wrong psychological impact, destructive of one’s traditions, morals, and would have an unplanned end of the lesson or life.
When reflecting on his memories of the man he knew as Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway recalls the unique individual’s finest quality: “It was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again” (Fitzgerald 2). Although Gatsby occasionally stepped off the straight and narrow, he never lost sight of his ultimate goal: Daisy’s love. Even when it seemed as though everything was working against him and that he would never regain his lost love, Gatsby kept going, knowing that the strength of his hope would see him through. His childlike determination, while ultimately his downfall, was what made Gatsby truly “great.”
The two were young lovers who were unable to be together because of differences in social status. Gatsby spends his life after Daisy acquiring material wealth and social standing to try and reestablish a place in Daisy’s life. Once Gatsby gains material wealth he moves to the West Egg where the only thing separating he and Daisy is a body of water. It is through the eyes of Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, that the reader gains insight into the mysterious Jay Gatsby. In Nick’s description of his first encounter with Gatsby he says, “But I didn't call to him, for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone—he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward—and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock.” The reader soon discovers that the green light is at the end of Daisy’s dock, signifying Gatsby’s desperation and desire to get her back. Gatsby’s obsessive nature drives him to throw parties in hopes that his belonged love will attend. The parties further reveal the ungrasping mysteriousness of Gatsby that lead to speculations about his past. Although the suspicions are there, Gatsby himself never denies the rumors told about him. In Nick’s examination of Gatsby he says, “He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself.” This persona Gatsby portrays shows how he is viewed by others, and further signifies his hope and imagination
“I found myself on Gatsby’s side, and alone” (172). In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby was a very wealthy man in East Egg who came from a poor family in the south. However, he was unsuccessful in the way that he achieved his wealthiness. Also, he was not necessarily someone who could be trusted because of his skeptical actions throughout the book. Clearly, Gatsby does not deserve his title of greatness because he is not well liked, he is unfaithful, and he is involved in illegal activities.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a tragic tale of love distorted by obsession. Finding himself in the city of New York, Jay Gatsby is a loyal and devoted man who is willing to cross oceans and build mansions for his one true love. His belief in realistic ideals and his perseverance greatly influence all the decisions he makes and ultimately direct the course of his life. Gatsby has made a total commitment to a dream, and he does not realize that his dream is hollow. Although his intentions are true, he sometimes has a crude way of getting his point across. When he makes his ideals heard, his actions are wasted on a thoughtless and shallow society. Jay Gatsby effectively embodies a romantic idealism that is sustained and destroyed by the intensity of his own dream. It is also Gatsby’s ideals that blind him to reality.
Greatness is not only set by ones aspiration, but by actions that one may portray. Jay Gatsby in the novel The Great Gatsby, is an excellent example of a character who's actions and personal goals in life unite. While many people try to do what is the right thing, but sometimes their plans do not work out, Gatsby's actions work exactly how he wants them to.To some readers, Gatsby seems like a very nice man who puts others before himself and cares for his loved ones. However, Gatsby only does things to make himself a happy man and gain the stuff he "worked" for. He thinks that by doing all these works, he will end up in the end of his life a very happy man; ironically, he ends up dying heart broken, and a very unhappy man. Jay Gatsby devious actions make him a not so great man. Gatsby is a very selfish and foolish man.
In the novel “The Great Gatsby,” author F. Scott Fitzgerald writes about a character that goes by the name Jay Gatsby, who captures the attention of those around him by surrounding himself with rich people and materialistic possessions. The title of the book itself is named after the protagonist, Jay Gatsby, who is a well-off man that moves from the west to the east to obtain the one thing in his life that he deeply desires; to be reunited with his one true love, Daisy Buchanan, who he had lost five years prior. Gatsby’s physical appearance, mannerisms and impressions contribute to his pursuit for The American dream drives him from rags to riches, into the arms of the love of his life, and ultimately to his death.
He metaphorically reaches for her with the parties but she stays far away. When Gatsby finally does have Daisy in his house and his dream in his hands, the light is “again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one” (Fitzgerald 98). Daisy is standing in his house staring out the window with him, and in that moment it all becomes real. The idea that he can create a completely new life with Daisy is not a fantasy, but something he sees as reality. The light at the end of her dock is no longer the magical idea of being with Daisy now that she is there. Everything he has worked up to for years comes together as they look on at what used to represent all of Gatsby’s hopes and ambitions. He keeps his eye on that dream for as long as he lives, coming so close as to grasp it in his hands, only to have it slip through his fingers again. As proven by the evening spent in New York, Daisy can not let go of her past with Tom and act like it had never happened but “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us”(Fitzgerald
Heros are sometimes flawed. Anyone can be a hero to others, but not everyone would end with a happy ending like the fairy tale books. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald talks about a man called Gatsby, and the achievements and desires he has in life. The author showed how the perfect hero should be and how even heroes can end in a tragedy. Throughout the book, the author illustrates how the heroes, Gatsby and Daisy’s life can end as a tragedy if they desires too much.
“And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it” (Fitzgerald 189). As Nick reveals more about Gatsby, it is clear that Gatsby thought getting Daisy was an attainable dream as symbolized by the green light. Society corrupts Gatsby into thinking he could win over Daisy with enough wealth and success, and he comes extremely close to achieving it, yet in the end the dream was unattainable all along. “We tend to seek money and power in our pursuit of success, but it may be getting in the way of things that really matter: Happiness and love” (Gregoire). Once again, Carolyn Gregoire proves within her article how society associates wealth and success with happiness, but these things ultimately get in the way of happiness and love. Gatsby himself sought wealth, power, and success to win over Daisy but these things destroyed his happiness and love. Hence, Gatsby believes he can win over Daisy, almost as if she is an object, as long as he achieves enough wealth and
Scott Fitzgerald’s presentation of Jay Gatsby was a heroic one. He overcame a poor childhood, fought very hard for his dreams, and achieved them. In the 1920’s it was very difficult to change classes of people. Gatsby was able to do this with a lot of hard work. Even though he didn’t acquire Daisy he still achieved the riches he wanted. Jay Gatsby’s persistence tells the audience that anything is possible. No matter what the circumstances people can achieve their dreams. Jay Gatsby’s dreams were very admirable and he is an obvious hero.
The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel bursting with passion, romance, and struggle that all lead to fantasy, but never become reality. James Gatz, better known as Jay Gatsby, is a man of wealth and prosperity. But is he really as prosperous as he appears? The Great Gatsby is loaded with numerous disguises that play a prominent role in many of the characters’ lives, but specifically Jay Gatsby’s. Gatsby is convinced that he will ultimately be prosperous and obtain whatever and whomever he pleases, such as Daisy, if he is rich. He is regularly decided on what he wants for his future. He frequently imagines what his life could be and has yet to live in the present. Gatsby continually tries to grasp for his vision, which
When you’re young that is when you try out a lot of things, which I would call the experimenting stage in a person’s life. He also describes what it is like to be young in America, the fact that Gatsby was young he had a choice and he was increasingly free to pursue what he wanted. Gatsby’s illusion, disillusion, dream and nightmares as well as his failures made him experience success. He was young and that is when he chose who he really wants to be. Fitzgerald exemplified this well. This is can be so much relatable and makes me agree so much in how he portrays the American Dream. Today young people in America have the chance to go to college, it is not like twenty years ago when eighteen year olds would be living on their own, things have changed and therefore even twenty-five year olds are still living with their parents today. They have the opportunity to go to school, get an education, work part time jobs, save, and while doing all that they can actually try out new personalities and also try to figure out what they want to do in life. Like what are their aspirations, fantasies and how do they go about accoutering the life they would like to live. “As in the twenties, we tend to admire wealth, no matter how it is made” (Rothman). In today’s society people admire wealth as well as how it is made. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, Tom and Gatsby were both wealthy. The fact