The Great Gatsby Significance Essay

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Title Significance - After reading the book I say there are exactly 3 ways of looking at the title, “The Great Gatsby”. First, there’s the literal term – great! He's one of the richest people on Long Island, and undoubtedly one of the, or the, richest in West Egg. He's got a huge fancy mansion loaded with the finest, most luxurious stuff. And his parties... oh the countless parties. Any one of them would qualify as a legendary event in real life, and he hosts at least one every weekend composing of all the most celebrated people. Though for the most part he’s unknown, he gives all of his guest’s first-class treatment. - Gatsby is a local celebrity, and everyone that goes to his parties has a theory about how he's made it in the wealthy world. In reality, everyone seems to know his name and is endlessly interested in his life for unknown reasons. So in that way, he seems to be pretty great, he even wins back the girl of his dreams for a short period of time. - The second way of looking at the title is in an ironic way. Gatsby's dream-like life is bogus. He rises to the top of the social order in a fraudulent way; he's earned his fortune through illegal activities – he’s a criminal. The "old money" folks are able to see right through his deceptions. He's not "great" to them, he’s just a sham. Irrevocably when his house of cards falls, all those friends that he treasured turned out to simply be parasitic people who take advantage of his generosity. - Then there's a third way of looking at the title, the “Great Gatsby”. Although Nick, the narrator, does not entirely support Gatsby's means of acquiring fortune, he admits that Gatsby's driven by a noble emotion, the emotion being undying love. To add, Nick believes that Gatsby is, in hi... ... middle of paper ... ...ingly. Daisy's tragedy conveys the alarming extent to which the lust for money captivated Americans during the Roaring Twenties. Tom Buchanan Living a life of anticlimax after his glory days. Tom was a former football player and Yale graduate who married Daisy Buchanan. He is the eldest son of an extremely wealthy "old money" East Egg family, Tom has a veneer of gentlemanly manners like many other wealthy “old money” people but what hides underneath is a self-centered, sexist, racist, violent man. Jordan Baker She is Daisy’s friend and later becomes Nick’s girlfriend. She is a popular pro golfer, beautiful and pleasant, but does not motivate Nick to feel anything else but a “tender curiosity” for her. Her non-attraction may root from the fact she’s an “incurable liar” and cheats at golf. Still, the reader gets some idea while reading the novel that she loves Nick.
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