Greatness In The Great Gatsby

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It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. Jay Gatsby, the cryptic main character from F. Scott. Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a man who has traveled through many rough roads throughout his life. These troubles that Gatsby had to overcome range from fighting in the war, losing the love of his life, and many shady dealings to obtain finances. Despite Gatsby’s life of controversy, many unanswered questions, and a plethora of luck, Gatsby is considered a man of many successes. Nick Carraway, Gatsby’s neighbor and close friend, considers Gatsby to have achieved greatness. Nick sees a greatness in Gatsby that he has never seen in any other man; unfortunately, all great characters do not always have happy endings. Gatsby’s…show more content…
Several individuals mark Gatsby to be a man of great wealth, with a beautiful estate, and an abundance of friends. To illustrate, parties that are hosted at Gatsby’s house are magnificent, filled with professional entertainment, music and dancers, and guests varying from politicians to movie stars. Fitzgerald paints the picture of the parties at Gatsby’s house in great detail in this passage “The bar is in full swing and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside until the air is alive with chatter and laughter and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other’s names.” (Fitzgerald 44). It can be seen that these were extravagant parties filled with lust and alcohol. The evidence shows that no ordinary man would be throwing parties of this form, only a man with great wealth and resources would pull of such a feat. Furthermore, this was the prohibition era, which meant that alcohol and the consumption of alcohol was illegal. After this brief look into Gatsby’s life, one can understand why he was considered “great”, but to truly understand Gatsby’s greatness, one must look into his…show more content…
As a boy, James Gatz was self-disciplined in his daily life, to help ensure he did everything in his power to achieve great things in his future. Upon meeting Gatsby’s father, Nick Carraway learned that James had ran away from home, inducing a short-lived sadness in Mr. Gatz. Mr. Gatz understood why James had decided to flee his home, consequent to seeing his son’s favorable outcome. Just to solidify what kind of child James Gatz was to Nick, Mr. Gatz showed Nick Carraway a composition, written by James in the back of his copy of a book called Hopalong Cassidy. In the novel Mr. Gatz says “Look here, this is a book he had when he was a boy. It just shows you.” (Fitzgerald 184). The entry that Mr. Gatz was referring to had a strict schedule allotted to each day and a general resolves section that stated the following “No wasting time at Shafters, No more smoking or chewing, Bath every other day, Read one improving book or magazine per week, Save 5 ( Crossed out ) 3 per week, Be better to parents.” (Fitzgerald 185). In spite of Gatsby’s great achievements in his life-time, he was not given anything, as a boy he knew he must be disciplined and work hard to seize his dreams. Gatsby’s parents did not have the ambition that over-whelmed Gatsby, and they did not push him to accomplish his dreams, success was solely accomplished by Gatsby’s will to do whatever it
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