The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Personalities in The Great Gatsby The beginning of The Great Gatsby introduces readers to two places that will be important settings throughout the rest of the novel: The West Egg and the East Egg. These two places are described as being distinctly different, and this contrast between two places is continued when comparing the Valley of Ashes and New York. Based on the use of color and basic physical description, the West Egg and the Valley of Ashes are typically made out to be the lesser in comparison to the East Egg and New York. At first, the distinction between these places can be seen as simply a matter of money: who has the most and who is new verses old money, but there is also a matter of personality that seems to divide these places. The people in these four different places all typically act in a similar fashion, but there are some characters who exist in locations that do not match with their personality, and by the end of the novel, the main characters whose personality do not fit that of those around them die. The Valley of Ashes in comparison to New York shows a change from the dirty and poor to the clean and extravagant, but Tom Buchanan’s mistress exhibits a more New York personality that does not fit well in her hometown, and because Mrs. Wilson dabbles in life with Mr. Buchanan, she is ultimately killed. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson’s house or more apartment is above Mr. Wilson’s garage where he repairs, buys and sales cars. If the continuous hint given by the narrator about everything being grey does not show that the Wilsons’ finances lacking, the fact that “the only care visible was the dust-covered wreck of a Ford” (Fitzgerald 25) will let readers know that Mr. Wilson’s business is not doing very well. The surround... ... middle of paper ... ...tus than her, Gatsby is killed by someone of a lower status or someone he should have been in an equal position with. Based on these characters’ personalities, desires, and deaths, a conclusion can be drawn that a character’s monetary status is more important than how they act or what they desire. Each character is defined by where they started out financially as children. This, in turn, effects their personality as well as how they are treated by the other characters. Even though Myrtle desired Tom and acted how an upper-class character would, he still sees her as more of an object he desires. Despite Gatsby’s new found money, he is still not good enough for Daisy when he loses to Tom in what seems to be a battle of wits. When characters try to venture out of the status they were born into, they are ultimately killed whether or not they manage to make the change.
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