The Truly Great Gatsby

Is his novel the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates Gatsby as a character who becomes great. He begins life as just an ordinary, lower-class, citizen. But Gatsby has a dream of becoming wealthy. After meeting Daisy, he has a reason to strive to become prominent. Throughout his life, Gatsby gains the title of truly being great. Even before Gatsby is introduced, he is hinted at being out of the ordinary. The first evidence of this is when Nick says, "Gatsby turned out all right at the end." (2) Nothing was known about Gatsby at the time and Nick is already saying Gatsby was okay. There's a air of mysteriousness surrounding Gatsby. Everyone knows of him, but no one knows who he really is or where he comes from. Even at our first glance of Gatsby, he's reaching out for something only he can see. There were many stories flying about Gatsby but no one knew what to really believe. In on instance Jordan made the comment, "I think he killed a man." (49) Even when Gatsby confessed about his past he didn't always tell the truth. He told Nick he inherited great wealth, but in reality, Gatsby gained his wealth on his own. Even though Gatsby lied, the fact that he made himself what he was makes him even that much greater. When Gatsby was still James Gatz, he had a dream of leaving his life on the farm behind and become part of the upper-class. Even Gatsby's father knew when he said, "If he'd lived, he'd of been a great man." (169) Little did his father know that Gatsby was already great. Gatsby didn't always do the right thing to gain his wealth but he was always good at heart. His first real break in the outside world was when he met his best friend Dan Cody. Gatsby was seventeen at the time and had just left his life on the farm. Cody was a wealthy man of fifty and he showed Gatsby the ways of the world. It was said that Cody found Gatsby to be " ... quick and extravagantly ambitious." (101) He took Gatsby in and treated him almost as a son. Gatsby was to inherit some of Cody's wealth after his death but was stripped of his inheritance by Ella Kaye. After Gatsby was introduced to Daisy, she was the only thing that mattered to him. It takes a great man to have that kind of love for one person. Even though Daisy didn't deserve Gatsby's love, he was loyal to her to the end. Daisy was both the main cause of Gatsby's greatness, and also the only cause of foolishness in his life. His absolute love and devotion for her is what destroyed him, even before his death. Gatsby and Nick both served as officers in the war and he told Nick "Then the war came ... it was a great relief, and I tried very hard to die ... " (66) Gatsby knew he wasn't good enough for Daisy and death would've been an easy way out. However, Gatsby survived the war, and with honors as well. Even during war times Gatsby demonstrated his greatness in being a superb soldier. Upon his return to

He was clutching at some last hope .America. There was one time when Gatsby lost his cool and that was when he was to see Daisy for the first time in five years. He gives tours of his home to Daisy and Nick and he always has an extraordinary explanation for his possessions. "They're a rotten crowd. "He felt married to her. And yet "He couldn't possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do. that was all. Wolfsheim claims to have made Gatsby the man that he was. Nick was always there until the end. He always handles himself like a true gentleman. Even in awkward moments. Gatsby liked to show off his wealth to his friends.. Gatsby was a great man who had touched few people. His father showed up after reading about his son's death in a newspaper. He is rarely seen at his extravagant parties but doesn't really seem to mind that he misses them. And yet he handles his greatness with dignity. He had worked for so long to please Daisy and seeing her would be the moment of truth. He suddenly became as giddy as a schoolboy. he concentrated on winning Daisy back. and he really didn't have any real friends. Throughout the book Gatsby is a gracious host and yet a mysterious one. " (148) Daisy couldn't possibly face the fact that she might go to jail and she knew Gatsby would take her blame. When Daisy came back into Gatsby's life it was like floating on air for him. Wolfsheim was a man with a shady past and possible connections with the Mafia. He'd worked too hard and too long to win. He's also proud of his flashy car but never knew it would be the cause of his downfall. he had few house guests but treated them quite fairly." (154) That would be the last time he spoke to Gatsby. Wilson. except for maybe Nick." (149) Gatsby might have been able to avoid being killed by Mr. She was content to have an affair with Gatsby but still be married to Tom. He expected Daisy to choose him and couldn't accept any other response. Towards the end Gatsby wouldn't give up on Daisy. It is found out later that he only held the parties to see if Daisy would show. He even said to Gatsby. After the accident in which Daisy killed Mrs. however. Daisy was back with Tom.. it was the end for her and Gatsby. hides his connections quite well even if the stories do fly. It was sad after Gatsby's death that so few people came to mourn him. You're worth the whole damn bunch put together. and a former guest of one of Gatsby's parties came. She was forced to make one and her choice devastated Gatsby. Taking her blame would be the last great thing Gatsby would do for Daisy. at least in the beginning. he'd lost most of his so called friends who used to party at his house. such as his meetings with Daisy's husband Tom. Gatsby's life between the war and when he's introduced in the book is quite vague. She didn't want to make a decision. She'd loved Gatsby but didn't have the patience to wait for him. but in irreversible . Nick saw the greatness in Gatsby. Wilson but he really didn't have any more reason to live. It is known later that he at some point went into business with a man named Meyer Wolfsheim. He never actually admitted that he'd lost but deep down he knew. Gatsby.

" said Gatsby quickly. He knew he wanted more and worked hard to improve his life. Tom Buchanan. distance made his heart grow fonder. was a poor farm boy who saw his life as living in poverty. Gatsby truly was a great man. never straying from his dream once.ways. Daisy grew tired of pining for her officer and soon her love was bought by a new suitor. It was evident that Gatsby followed Daisy's activities when he showed her the clippings on their first meeting. even if she did abandon him in the end. In Gatsby's case. And he was always a topic of discussion wherever he went. While Gatsby went off to the war Daisy continued in her artificial life. Gatsby eventually realized Daisy could not measure up to what he had envisioned as his perfect love. Scott Fitzgerald is a tragic love story of lost love. Gatsby. He had held Daisy's love throughout her marriage. "Here is a lot of clippings -about you. As a young officer. It is their difference in character and devotion that sets them apart. He fell deeply in love with the young Daisy. by F. and get to where they dream to be.000 pearl necklace. Gatsby was impressed by what Daisy represented. Money was what Daisy desired. He was loyal to the end. "Look at this. The Great Gatsby. He came from an ordinary background and built himself up to where he ended. He made Nick realize what wealth could do to a person. with a $30. In their time apart. based his love for Daisy on a young girl he met before going off to war. the main character."(90) He knew what he needed to do to get Daisy back. even if it meant making his money by illegal means. Daisy grew tired of . old money and a life full of luxuries. The character Daisy is described by Fitzgerald throughout the novel as flighty and shallow. James Gatz. He loved Daisy unconditionally and made a life for himself. It takes a great person to take what they have. Gatsby strived to build the American dream while Daisy enjoyed the riches by those who adored her. The Great Gatsby: Lost Love The novel. and vowed to come back to her a wealthy man.

she responds by saying. "He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn't bare to shake him free. His dream for a better life gave him a sense of purpose. Daisy's flaws in her character are realized by Gatsby as his life ends alone. Daisy's purpose in life were material comforts and luxuries. In the scene which Gatsby shows her his expensive shirts. Gatsby's fantasy was played out in a scene near the end. as though a faint doubt had occurred to him . Again. Daisy was a very shallow and materialistic person who was only attracted to the wealth of an individual which made her life uncomplicated. Gatsby is devoted to Daisy by waiting outside her window trying to protect her. Daisy's empty existence and the people she surrounded herself with was in contrast with Gatsby's dreams. When Daisy discovered how rich Gatsby was. "Their such beautiful shirts it makes me sad because I have never seen such beautiful shirts. which gave meaning to his own identity. This is clear when Gatsby first shows her his huge mansion and the contents within. Gatsby loved the Daisy of the past. (141) He was left again by his true love. "They're a rotten crowd. The short lived affair with Daisy was ended by the tragic car accident. When they met again she was impressed with his wealth. Daisy's real intentions showing through in her choice in staying with the protectiveness of Tom.waiting for him in their early relationship because other rich officers pursued her. She had a reputation and a lifestyle to maintain. Nick shows this when he says to Gatsby. Daisy does not stay with the man she says she loves but goes back to Tom who could keep her safe and protect her from trouble. Nick observes."(pg. "As I went over to say good-bye I saw that the expression of bewilderment had come back to Gatsby's face." (146) Gatsby's obsession for Daisy blinded him of what her true character was. 89)." I shouted across the lawn. In the end Gatsby accepted that Daisy would never leave Tom for a bootlegger and a farmer's son. When things start to get complicated after Myrtle's death. she was attracted to him.". "Your worth the whole damn bunch put together.

"(Bewley 24)." (92) Gatsby's expectations of the young eighteen year old girl fell short of what he had dreamed. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished. and by the end of the book. that he never lives in the present. it is his faith. including Daisy. F. like Gatsby. he ends up doing that permanently. but never seemed to achieve it because he didn't ever live in the life he had. it is their hopeful future. but mostly Gatsby's'. Scott Fitzgerald. Almost five years! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams . He succeeded in getting money and living a life of luxury. the green light represents his faith. is a book of love and tragedy that all leads back to dreams and ideas. it is just a light. He always tried to reach for his vision. the green light represent assurance. "An image of that green light. The Mirage in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby. Gatsby's devotion was admirable but in the end Daisy's abandonment was what killed him inside. but to others. When Gatsby vanished. "I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a green light. written by F. he seemed never to be happy. but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. burns across the bay. minute and far away. Gatsby tried to change himself. Because Gatsby never lives in the present. that might have been the end of the dock. but never reality. In a way. To some. . like Tom. Gatsby believes that he will be very successful and get what he wants. and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness"(Gatsby 26). Since the green light represents Gatsby's faith. but is never truly rich.not through her own fault. just a light that may have been at the end of the dock. Gatsby lived in the life he wanted. When Gatsby was alive. Scott Fitzgerald uses green light to represent the unreachable dream in the future that is always being sought after and wanted by Gatsby. because he was never satisfied with himself.of his present happiness. Gatsby is a man of great wealth and is truly rich. but never obtained. not the bullet from Wilson's gun. Or is he? The Great Gatsby has many disguises that play a major role in several characters' lives. As Marius Bewley agrees. which is represented by the green light. which was his future he sought after and believed in. this represented him approaching and trying to attain the green light. it is hard for him not believe in it and reach for it. symbol of Gatsby's faith. and he relies on it. the green light is visible to many and always distant. That is all. He saw a green light. he lives no more. He is always so set on the future and what things could be if this. or if that happens. if he is rich. Their different social backgrounds and focus on reality kept them from grasping their dream of true love. As Tom said in chapter one. In The Great Gatsby.

his green light.and one fine morning-So we beat on. It is later in the book."(Bewley 21). "If it wasn't for the mist I could see your home across the bay. the further the green light seemed. if he associates Daisy with the green light. in chapter five. Daisy does not exist in herself. when the green light starts to relate to Daisy. . so he didn't really live through that life. and each time he would reach. As Marius Bewley says. borne back ceaselessly into the past"(Gatsby 189). boats against the current. because he had a "big future" in front of him. but he believed in it and never stopped reaching for it. because he was too involved in his future to worry about his current situation. and develop his life into it. he always had confidence of getting what he wanted. Gatsby was guilty of dreaming and believing there could be a life better then he had at that time. His romantic and impractical future that he sought after became less and less likely to occur one day. in the present. apart from its visual effectiveness as it gleams across the bay. his green light. You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock. the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. Gatsby just couldn't grasp the idea that Daisy would not end up with him no matter how he envisioned it or how much money he had. "For Gatsby. his idealistic future. He never did get what he wanted."(Gatsby 98). until he was finally out of reality. while simultaneously suggesting the historicity of his hope.. Eventually. with Daisy.To Gatsby. "The green light is successful because. he had hope. his unreachable dream. "Gatsby believed in the green light. stretch out our arms further. grasp it. he would be pulled further and further from reality. It eluded us then."(Bewley 19). In view of the fact that the green light is Gatsby's wanted future. that is it. it embodies the profound naiveté of Gatsby's sense of the future. but that's no matter-tomorrow we will run faster. and had his life taken away from him. He always consistently reached for the green light.. because Daisy becomes part of Gatsby's desired future. until the day that he died. by now you know he is not truly rich. then obviously he want her to be in his ideal life later on. Gatsby wants to arrive at that green light. She is the green light that signals him into the heart of his ultimate vision. Gatsby never fulfilled his life by arriving at the green light. is associated with Daisy and so she is his dream that will never be reached. The further and further Gatsby reached. From the day Gatsby started planning his schedule as a boy.

has moved to the East coast from the West to learn the bond business.Morals and American Idealism in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Nick's cousin Daisy and her husband Tom are a well-to-do couple who live on East Egg which is right across the bay from West Egg. where most of the other residents have adopted their wealth. which is corrupted by using materials as its means. which just happens to be next to the palace-like house of Gatsby. . the main character of the story. He rents a mid-sized bungalow on West Egg. Scott Fitzgerald is a story of morals and American idealism. Nick. this being a major theme of the book. the narrator as well as one of the main characters of The Great Gatsby.

While Daisy and Gatsby are having their little affair Tom is having one of his own with Myrtle. once knew Gatsby when they were in high school together and they had a thing going. Now. the wife of an auto garage owner. Taking what he has got going with Daisy for granted. who becomes corrupt. Daisy. Theirs too develops throughout the story. Nick's cousin and the wife of Tom Buchanon. These two secrete relationships go and on through the book. at the time when this story takes place in the spring of the 1920's Daisy and Gatsby still have a thing for each other and their growing romance develops throughout. Daisy. like almost everything else he's got going for him. After a while they separated and Gatsby went into the Armed Forces.This story is about a wealthy man Gatsby. Meanwhile the backgrounds of the main characters as well as ideas/morals . he doesn't respect the money which was virtually given to him when he was younger so now the great wealth is out to destroy him in a way. so to say. An example of this is also one of the main parts of the story. he begins to loose what he wants the most. Gatsby takes things for granted because he didn't have to word to get the Upper Class status which he now has.

are revealed. The content of this book is thick and juicy but well organized like a cross-section of an orange where the slices are clearly separated but full of juice (content). Everything is understandable and there are no gaps of slow. Fitzgerald wrote this story using Nick as the narrator as well as . it shows how someone can be doomed by their self-delusion when they try to maintain an idealism based on material values. The Great Gatsby is a well written book. boring reading in the middle when the present isn't being talked about then someone's past is developed through either a flashback or the telling of a story by one of the characters. Then towards the end of the story everything begins to fall apart. Every main character is greatly developed as daily events continue on so the reader is virtually drawn into the story. Gatsby took the blame so as not to get Daisy into any trouble then was killed be Myrtle's husband by Gatsby's pool. Daisy kills Myrtle while driving Gatsby's car when Gatsby was in the passenger seat. Once that is over the story ends with Gatsby's funeral and the living main characters live on happily ever after.

Overall. By using Nick as the narrator all of the action is filtered through his head so he can make moral judgments of others and himself. I give it two thumbs up for content and overall readability. Other things that make this book what it is includes juxtaposition. This story jumps from scene to scene. and a descriptive style especially when Fitzgerald is trying to create a mood. .one of the main characters as well as other techniques to make this story work. I liked how the book was written because it kept my attention and I followed the events fairly well. between Tom's and Gatsby's parties. If I do then I could loose what I have got. using flashbacks to reveal Gatsby's background. focusing only on those few incidents which best support the total structure. this book made me think of my own moral values as well as well as the fact that I shouldn't take things that I have got for granted. Nick moves to the East to learn the bond business but his business activities are vaguely covered because they have no place in the structure of the book. For example.

He had a yellow Rolls-Royce limo that was extremely expensive and rare. Gatsby’s money is what is known as "new money. For Gatsby. Gatsby gained wealth to impress Daisy. Daisy came from a wealthy family and because of the views of society. and he had a large number of crates of wine and other alcoholic beverages. People who had "old money" received their money through their family as it was passed from generation to . Gatsby had Nick’s yard mowed. When Nick invited Daisy over for tea so that Gatsby would be able to meet her. he had the best of everything. and he tried to hide his wealth from people so that Daisy will not find out. At these parties.Gatsby’s Money In The Great Gatsby. Daisy might show up at a one of the parties. When Gatsby and Daisy first met. Gatsby earned his money through illegal actions with the mob. Gatsby then dedicated his life to becoming wealthy so that one day he could possibly have Daisy to himself. He also had the finest in automobiles for the time. He let the people who wondered in party and have a good time while he watched from a room in the house. All of this was to impress Daisy and evidence existed of this in that he never went out of his house during the parties. He bought a gigantic house that appeared to be an imitation of the Hotel de Ville in Normandy." This is shown by the location of his house which is in West Egg. He had bands that played music of the time. it means that he will finally have a chance at getting Daisy. The "new money" was money that was earned through an occupation or some operation. he had what was considered "new money". He came from a middleclass family from the Midwestern United States. he sent over a fine silver tea set. Gatsby was in the war and was very poor. he threw huge parties hoping. whether legal or illegal. Every weekend. and tulips to make Nick’s house look more ritzy. these two were not able to pursue their feelings for one another. that by some odd chance. he brought in crates upon crates of fresh vegetables and other foods. money affects different people in different ways. But his money turns out to be somewhat of an obstacle in getting Daisy.

He wants to impress them the best he can. The scene that displays Gatsby’s low confidence the most is when he has his elaborate parties with all of the fancy decorations and incredible food. The one character that intrigues me the most is James Gatsby. However. He never comes down to greet anyone or welcome them. hoping Daisy will appear. Obviously Gatsby has little confidence and feels he needs to overwhelm people with appearance opposed to his personality. He wanted her to get to know him again first. Gatsby wanted to use his money so that he could impress Daisy and have things back to the way when they first met. He wanted to keep it secret so that Daisy would not find out and stay away from him. In the end. He is very nervous and wants everything to be perfect for Daisy. He never comes down to check on his guests to see how things are going and if they are having a good time. It is clear that Gatsby is not the man that everyone claims he is. he didn’t end up getting Daisy because too many things had changed. before she found out the real source of his wealth. There are several scenes in which this observation is very obvious to me. when I paint a picture of him in my mind I see someone very different. To me that shows he is really hung up on what other people think. When Gatsby and Nick go out on the town Gatsby took his yellow Rolls Royce. and very popular. He told people that his parents were wealthy and that when they died. they left a large some of money to him. So many people come to his parties and the whole time he is never present. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby many characters are not as they seem. In the story Gatsby is always thought of as rich. I see the opposite of what everyone portrays him to be. He is thought of as extremely wealthy and good looking with lots of . I see someone who has very little confidence and who tries to fit in the best he can.generation. These people came from East Egg and included in this group was Daisy Buchanan. which is a magnificent car. He actually gained his wealth through bootlegging alcohol and other mob activities. Gatsby always spends time in a room by himself watching everyone. Gatsby tried to hide the source of his wealth so that people will not know the real source. He waits. One scene that clearly shows the true Gatsby is when he meets Daisy at Nicks house. confident. In fact. Once again this shows how Gatsby uses objects to get attention and not his personality. Gatsby wanted to impress Nick and everyone else in town with his awesome car. Gatsby is built up to be a big man. The Very Insecure Great Gatsby In F.

For generations their money passed down giving them the belief that the "new rich" with their newly acquired wealth were still lower and not equal to them. West Egg. A good example of this in fiction is F. A personal pool in the 1920's took and extraordinary amount of money to operate. Buying Happiness and Love in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby The American Dream is starting with nothing and through hard work and determination one can achieve millions of dollars and all the happiness one can handle. then why did Gatsby constantly work to impress others with his objects and not his mind? Gatsby was a wealthy man. In addition.confidence. Fitzgerald criticizes the American dream in his novel. The subdivision across the water is East Egg. Carraway in an ironic way is neither "new rich" nor "old rich". if that person tries to buy the past to regain the happiness he will never succeed and mostly likely end up very unhappy. by showing Jay Gatsby's tragic flaw. The West Egg house are more recently built and are elaborately decorated. At the parties. The two neighborhoods represent the division in the upper class at this time in America. Scott Fitzgerald's. The East Egg represented the conservative money of the "old rich". The Great Gatsby. The first example of Gatsby's belief that money can buy his happiness is when Nick Carraway describes the subdivision in which he lives. During the 1920's. Gatsby wanted to be well liked and he would do anything to get that way. Gatsby owns a huge house but is the only person living there besides some servants. then why did Gatsby use Nick to get Daisy instead of doing it himself? If this was really true. He lives in a rather modest house compared to Gatsby's huge mansion. . The next example in which Gatsby tries to buy his happiness is the extravagant parties he has at his house every weekend. if this label was really true. The houses are very luxurious to say the least. The Great Gatsby. Gatsby tries to use the house to win the happiness and respect from others. This may not be true. the conservative "old rich" despised the "new rich". there is a distinction between the two. On the other hand. except use his personality. The "new rich" liked to display their wealth in lavish ways that the conservative wealthy did not approve. where as a "new rich" family would be the Kennedys. However. Another reason for the house is to hide the way in which he really makes his money. where as the houses in East Egg are still as big but very conservative in architecture. but he had little confidence and poor selfesteem. most earned their money from boot legging. A good example of an "old rich" family would be the Rockefellers. At the parties guest marvel over his bright yellow Rolls Royce and his swimming pool. his belief that money can buy happiness and his love for Daisy. the "new rich" often did not earn their money in legitimate ways.

A formal wave is not the correct way to say good-bye to people at an informal party. a clock breaks it will always be stuck on that time in the past until repaired. Daisy married Tom Buchanan. Knowing this fact. The lavish items that he buys are not just for his happiness though. Tom. Gatsby tries to get Carraway to arrange a meeting between the two. The reason for this is Daisy love money. He also makes his past very secretive. Carraway's girlfriend. The green light symbolizes the Gatsby's attempt to retrieve the past love for Daisy. Gatsby's love was foreshadowed when we first meet him. "…he is a creature of myth in whom is incarnated the aspiration and the ordeal of his race"(17). like Daisy. that guest. Nick notices that Gatsby give a rather formal good bye to everyone while leaving. As A. Unfortunately. being the sly person he is. The green light is a reoccurring symbol in the book. The rumor was that he was the nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm. This is when the truth comes out about his passion for Daisy. quickly sneaks out not to let her know that he was really behind this meeting. Dyson says. "In his own private world past and future can de held captive in the present"(117). After the unsuccessful attempts of luring Daisy with the parties. He does not do it in person though he tries to get Jordan Baker. Carraway returns from dinners at the Buchanan's house and see Gatsby staring across the water with his arms in the air at the green light. a swim in his pool. This was highly unlikely because Daisy was someone of wealth stature where as Gatsby had very little money at the time. Gatsby was again trying to hide the fact that he was newly rich. Daisy's and Gatsby's relationship start years before in Louisville. There he runs into Owl Eyes. Her house is visible at night only buy a green light at the end of the dock. Gatsby invites him to Coney Island. Their reunion was awkward as well. As Gatsby and her had an affair. The day of the meeting and Gatsby is terribly nervous. to convince him. they had to cut each page. He runs around the house in the rain and acts as if he was coming over just for a visit with Carraway. and even tries to give him money. While touring the house. This shows that money means nothing to Gatsby and will use it to gain his happiness or love for Daisy. Carraway wonders into the library. Instead of waiting. Gatsby never drank and seemed to shy away from people as if was waiting for someone. was a member of the "old rich" and made him the perfect choice for Daisy. the ruler of Germany during World War II.guests had a buffet and there were fresh cut flowers everywhere. Daisy. Before he left for the war she told him that she would wait for him. he throws a part every weekend and makes it clear that all affluent people are welcome. When book were published back then all the pages were stuck together at the top and when someone read the books. As Marius Bewly say. who remarks that none of the books was cut. After agreeing and returning home. For once. Another example of his strange behavior at the parties was his appearance. never did attend one of his parties. symbolizing Gatsby's want for the time to stop and live in the past. After the initial awkwardness. There he can . Also. offers to get his lawn cut. Another example of Gatsby's aspirations for Daisy is his behavior at his parties. E. Gatsby confronts Carraway on his lawn and trys to be extraordinarily nice to him. His house happens to be directly across the water from Daisy's house. Firstly. Carraway over hears gossip about his past. Gatsby is caught up with regaining his love for Daisy he limits his social life at the chance of meeting her again. he is also trying to attract Daisy. Gatsby knocks over a clock. Gatsby fell in love. she did not. While attending one of his parties. As Daisy arrives Gatsby. Gatsby and Daisy hit off and he invites her back over to his place. Gatsby tries to lure her to his mansion and party. All these expenditures show that Gatsby is trying to use his money to buy his happiness.

Trying to use money to buy happiness and love will only leave one emotionally dead. At the house Daisy's fascination with wealth. According to Bewly what this did to Gatsby was. When returning home Daisy was driving Gatsby's yellow Rolls Royce. One of the more important qualities of symbolism within The Great Gatsby is the way in which it is so completely incorporated into the plot and structure. The woman turns out to be Tom's mistress.impress her with his wealth and expenses. He woos her with all the material things he has collected. Not once did he mention the fact that his wife was in the car. such as he extensive silk collection. Tom lets Daisy and Gatsby return to West Egg together. who he too was suspicious for cheating. Tom paints Gatsby as no more that a thief that makes his money illegitimately. The Great Gatsby. buy bootlegging. Therefore. he shot Gatsby and himself. which is portrayed by the houses and cars in an array of ways. Tom shows his discontent for Gatsby. The last example of money leading to the downfall of Gatsby is the car he drives. Buy the time that Gatsby realizes his love was for the ideal woman in his mind and not the real one he dies. becomes very clear. After achieving what he always wanted. they hit a woman. The man so distraught at the loss of his wife. "Gatsby stands for a deeper malice in the culture. On a vain and ironic move. Tom confronts them both. thought Gatsby was the adulterer and the murderer. immediately points the finger at him. On the way back. "its immediate functions is that it signals Gatsby in to his future. is full of symbolism. After being so upset that his wife might be sleeping around. Gatsby's dream comes crashing down around him. Symbols. The husband of the woman hit saw the car and comes to Tom to find out whom it belongs too. Upon hearing about his wife's affair. Even if Gatsby were not shot. Now Daisy learns how Gatsby really makes his money.a sickness that dives young men to think that riches can obliterate the past and capture the hearts of the girls of the dreams"(Hermanson 56). such as . He tried most of his adult life to retrieve the past and then rejected at the culmination of that dream would have destroyed him. he was doing the same thing. Symbolism of Houses and Cars in The Great Gatsby Francis Scott Fitzgerald's novel. away from the cheapness of his affair with Daisy…"(21). Gatsby still believes that Daisy is the perfect image in his head and it crushes him when Daisy does not choose him. he probably would not recover emotionally.

The valley of ashes in which Wilson's house is located in symbolizes the moral decay that hides behind the facade of wealth and happiness. His home symbolizes what he is. Nick comes from a "prominent. The Buchanan's house is symbolic of their ideals. Their stable wealth. spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy" is a symbol of Gatsby's large illegal income (Fitzgerald 9)(9). "Myrtle Wilson. is symbolic of their empty future and now purposelessness lives together.judge" that has ties to both the East and West Egg crowd(Bruccoli xii). The House also has a cold sense to it according to Nick. His house symbolizes himself shy and overlooked. spiritless man" lives in his "unprosperous and bare" garage(Fitzgerald 29)(29). East egg and Tom's home represents the established wealth and traditions. East Egg is home to the more prominent established wealth families. Gatsby's large income isn't enough to keep him happy. and as Perkins's says in his manuscript to Fitzgerald "I would know. Gatz's house is a mixture of different styles and periods which symbolizes an owner who does not know their true identity. although lacking the vulgarity of new wealth. Tom's and Daisy's home is on the East Egg. the wife of the owner of a garage in the ash heaps that lie along the road about halfway between West Egg . This sense symbolizes Tom's brutality. Wilson "a blonde. Their house. a "red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay" with its "winecolored rug[s]" is just as impressive as Gatsby's house but much more low-key (Fitzgerald 11)(13). and is located in the valley of ashes overlooked by the eyes of Dr. He needs "The house he feels he needs in order to win happiness" and it is also the perfect symbol of carelessness with money which is a major part of his personality (Bewley 24). symbolize material wealth. a mechanic. The eyes of Dr. The valley is home of Tom's mistress. Nick lives in West Egg in a rented house that "[is] a small eye-sore" and "had been overlooked"(Fitzgerald 10). Gatsby's house like his car symbolizes his vulgar and excessive trait of getting attention. Nick lives in a new-rich West Egg because he is not wealthy enough to afford a house in the more prominent East Egg.Buchanan if I met him and would avoid him. Gatsby's house "[is] a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy" which contains "a tower on one side." because Tom is so cold and brute (Perkins 199)... Nick is the Narrator and also the "trust worthy reporter and. Eckleburg "brood on over the solemn dumping ground" of Wilson's house (28). well-to-do [family]" acts like the established rich down-played. Another person who lives on the nouveau-rich West Egg is Gatsby.Gatsby's house and car. but he is trying to make it on his own and his house located in West Egg symbolizes this(Fitzgerald 7).. Eckleburg.. .

and Manhattan. Gatsby's car is an embodiment of his wealth. The Death car is yellow. therefore Gatsby's car is like a bulging piece of fruit that is overripe and has started to rot. frenetic spirit of [the youthful]" owner(Rudin 160). The creamy color of Gatsby's car also symbolizes decay of corruption. Tom is so desperately an empty man that he believes he can define himself with exterior belongings." and is incidentally fitting(Bruccoli 10). The symbolism of the car and house is stressed all throughout the novel and is used to confirm that a dream rooted in materialism alone will in the end always be disparaging. His car symbolizes his vulgar materialism and conveys his newborn affluence. His car is symbolic of many things... Fitzgerald truly uses symbolism to convey his themes in The Great Gatsby. bright with nickel. While the cars in The Great Gatsby symbolize what the person is like the houses symbolize who the person is. They symbolically sit in judgment on all the sleaze displayed by the inhabitants of East and West egg who pass through the valley of ashes. a coupe" which is a lot less showy than Gatsby's Rolls Royce(Fitzgerald 148). [compliments] the personage" of himself and the things he possess that symbolize him (Lehan 59). Gatsby's car is "a rich cream color. Another interesting detail is Gatsby's car is yellow instead of the standardized black of the era stresses the thought that he is engrossed with the obsession of displaying his material wealth to get the love of Daisy. swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hatboxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes. In the American Society the car is always seen as a symbol of status. . reckless. Tom's blue coupe symbolizes Tom and his emptiness because his car is a cheap car that is like everyone else's car at that time period but it has a blue paint job setting it apart from the others and appearing to be better than all the other cars in that era. The car plays a major role that makes a regular appearance in the story. The symbolism of houses show the corruptive effect money can have on everyone. Gatsby's "meticulous attention to detail . among them the "disillusioned. and in the novel yellow symbolizes money and corruption in the novel. The eyes that look over Wilson's home also have a symbolic meaning. He is trying to find his identity by looking for happiness in nice cars. Tom Buchanan's car is also not like all the standardized black cars because he drives "a blue car. and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a dozen suns" obviously shows his materialism(Fitzgerald 68).

A life where all she had to do all day was to sit around and drink. Her husband was very poor and she wanted the good life. Daisy was so impressed by Gatsby’s wealth that her greed once again took over her and she was almost prepared to leave Tom for Gatsby. She never cared for her and she never really had a social interaction with her daughter. She didn’t care for her husband either. was the only character in the book that really loved and understood their significant other. but didn’t actually feel true love. Daisy.Twisted Love in The Great Gatsby In the story The Great Gatsby. I tend to disagree with this. Also. Daisy’s daughter was just a little plaything for Daisy’s enjoyment. Tom only loved Daisy because she was a pretty face and he thought that he deserved her. He was a hard working man that was barley getting by running his little gas station. He didn’t love Mertle at all. All that Daisy seemed to care about was having so comfortable of a life that I believe she forgot what love was until Gatsby showed up again. Tom. But this isn’t all true. He worked hard to keep her happy and it just wasn’t . many of the characters seemed to express what seemed like love. and more. and Mertle all express fake love to their significant others. Although Gatsby’s interpretation of love was a little twisted. I don’t think that she loved her daughter. Gatsby. George Wilson. She was just impressed by his money. more. What’s ironic about the situation though is that this can never take place because Daisy now has a child and a husband to tend for and would have no time for Gatsby. All that she wanted was more. Gatsby might have been the only character to understand love. besides George Wilson. I believe. I don’t think that Tom ever really loved Daisy or Mertle. she married Tom because all that he had was money. He didn’t love Daisy for who she was when they met at Nick’s. Mertle didn’t love Tom what so ever. She was so aristocratic that she wouldn’t marry Gatsby while they were in love after the war. She was just a woman he was having an affair with. Starting with Daisy. he loved her for who she used to be. He just wanted things to be like they used to be between them.

many of the characters in The Great Gatsby showed love. such as Wilson and Gatsby. Nick never really was mentioned in the story with the theme of love in mind. a twisted fake love. I believe however that if he and Jordan would have gotten together that the relationship would have been really good. All that Mertle cared about was money and how she could get her greedy hands on it. this was Tom. such as Mertle and Daisy. In conclusion. Most of them only cared for the money that others possessed. . Jordan wouldn’t have gotten into a relationship because Nick was poor and rich girls don’t date poor boys.enough for her. However. And others just got overlooked in the way that they loved another person in the story. One of them only cared about how many women he could get.

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