The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a story where the plot remains primarily around Jay Gatsby himself, but is set in the third-person perspective of Nick Carraway. This creates a setback throughout the story because it did not show Gatsby's full point of view, just what Nick observed. Even though the story focuses on Gatsby's achievements and heroism, it is obvious that Nick Carraway, the narrator, displays even greater qualities of a hero. This is not to undermine Mr. Gatsby's nobility; Gatsby has qualities that every person admires, such as, determination, desire to fulfill dreams, and persistence in the pursuit of love. However, Nick Carraway exhibits characteristics that are much more realistic and humane. Nick Carraway is the logic of The Great Gatsby, the character that rationalizes his actions and understands the importance of certain situations without letting outside forces affect him. For example, after the death of Myrtle, Jay and Nick had a confrontation at the Buchanan's house; during this encounter, they discuss the accident and what the aftermath of it will be. In response to discovering Myrtle's death, Gatsby replies, "I thought so; I told Daisy I thought so. It's better that the shock should come all at once. She stood it pretty well." (Fitzgerald 150). Nick then goes on with this thought, "He spoke as if Daisy's reaction was the only thing that mattered." (Fitzgerald 151). The conversation between the two reveals one crucial weakness about Jay, that no matter what Daisy does, however horrible and cruel it could be, even in the worst of situations, he will always be too blinded by his love to see anything bad in her. Along with being the only logical character, Nick Carraway also helped many people through their struggle throug...

... middle of paper ... riches, which was Daisy. The Eyes of Eckleburg are also another strong pick. The Eyes of Eckleburg were part of a billboard on the Valley of Ashes for the eye care of Dr. Eckleburg. They represented more than just an eye doctor; they represented a higher power that would watch over the greed and hate people would exhibit throughout the story. The reason it most likely is not Eckleburg is more for physical attributes; the eyes of Eckleburg wore glasses and were thought of to be male, but the cover has more feminine characteristics. Daisy, in my opinion, is the face of the cover on The Great Gatsby. Daisy represents greed and is the only character that would prefer material items and riches over other people. The Great Gatsby is a story of Jay Gatsby, and nothing shows his desire in life better than Daisy, which is why she is the best representation of the cover.

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