The Great Gatsby
It is important for a reader to get a moral or a lesson out of reading a book so the reader can imply it in their life. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald shows many characters that either share the same characteristics as the readers or connects with the reader. Fitzgerald brings forth an attention to the readers so he can convey them to know that his life experience can be one’s changing experience. By showing symbolism in characters with colors that have deeper meanings, pathos and narration, shows how Fitzgerald puts a question in our minds about how we should live according to these experiences.
Fitzgerald’s narration must be looked upon seriously. Using Nick as a narrator shows only his perspective throughout the whole book. When talking with Daisy, Nick experiences a sweet aura between him and Daisy. However, outside of Nick’s presence, Daisy can be partying, drinking, or being her “real” self. Describing Daisy through Nick’s perspective, she is portrayed as a sweet and innocent being. Narration through Nick makes the reader feel what the characters real behaviors are. For example, a student can be extremely nice to a teacher, so the teacher would give the student a better grade, but in reality, he drinks and smokes. In a book, especially The Great Gatsby, readers must understand what happens outside of what is being told.
Characters are an important aspect to look at in The Great Gatsby as well. When characters are looked upon in society, they are just figures of made of people, but in The Great Gatsby, characters have a much bigger meaning that just fictional things. Characters can resemble a type of personality one has, especially Daisy. Even her name gives away her personality of being fragile and sweet. Daisy is a round and dynamic character with many different sides to her personality. In the beginning of the book, Daisy is portrayed as a sweet and innocent being. Her whiteness, which resembles the false purity of a person, seemingly floats in her presence. She appeals to Gatsby even more with her beauty and her white personality. She grew up as “the most popular of all young girls in Louisville” (Fitzgerald 13) with the white she was wearing. Also, using her daughter as a toy, making her put on little acts in front of everyone, signifies her life. She becomes radiant and personable, with no importance to the world wondering aloud what she is going to do for the rest of her life. Being bored making her innocent and harmless shows her contradiction to her personality.
Many people expects too much for what they already have. Gatsby’s addiction to Daisy had his heart hidden from the world because he couldn’t love anything else. This made him want Daisy more than ever before. After many years of separation between Daisy and Gatsby, Daisy left Gatsby and married another man. However, the goldness that circled Gatsby’s life with wealth and desire attracted Daisy, which then rediscovered her love with Gatsby because of his luxurious parties and his wealth. Even though Daisy knew that “[Gatsby was] a bootlegger,” (61) Daisy was still aroused by his “beautiful shirts” (94). All these round characteristics add complications to the plot as a whole and dimensions to the meaning Daisy adds to the book. The way the conflicts created by Daisy was a significant central corruption to Gatsby’s dream, which was to love Daisy, and Daisy to love him back. The gold that Gatsby wore corrupted him because Gatsby thought that wearing the gold would bring him happiness. Gatsby’s “dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp” (182) Daisy’s heart. Judging a book by its cover really signifies and connects with Daisy’s personality. She appears extremely sweet, innocent, and intelligent, but underneath her white dress lies a corrupted personality. She can be crude and showy to attract people to her. However, not only does this display her image, but almost every character shares the same personality. Everyone appears to be someone they’re not, just as people in the society of the 1920’s. With prohibition and the extremely active nightlife of the “roaring 20’s,” everyone had something to hide so they did not show their “real” self. This is displayed in Gatsby, who was involved in the drug trafficking business, yet appears to simply be a smart business man.
Daisy and Gatsby’s relationship shows logical pathos concerning with teens and other people who engage in complicated relationships. In relationships, one is committed to their love. Gatsby’s “desperate” (153) addiction to Daisy is something that he cannot hold any longer. Daisy is like the captain of the cheerleading squad, beautiful and wanting. However, many people fall into these temptations which they can’t avoid. Not only does Daisy resemble the dream of a person’s life, but a comfort that one hasn’t experienced in a long time. Daisy, being a character that takes advantage of people, falls in love with Gatsby due to his fame and wealth. After caring for Daisy so much, blaming himself when Daisy killed Myrtle, and dying by Wilson, Daisy cared less about Gatsby. There was nothing more she needed from him because her purpose was to get wealthy, and without Gatsby, her wealth was no more. She didn’t even come to his funeral, which signified the absence of love between the two couple. With this example, Fitzgerald leaves pathos in the readers mind because this is an everyday thing that happens to us. Many times relationships are taken for advantages one desires, and Fitzgerald is explaining his past relationship to show the readers to be careful of these obstacles that interfere with relationships.
Using character and color symbolisms, narration and pathos, Fitzgerald brings forth a connection with readers to relate to his past experiences. Daisy contributes an essential part to this novel through her personality, conflicts and theme. Being a three dimensional character, she is an excellent character in the novel and greatly increases the meaning of the work as a whole. Color symbolism also played an important role in characters. Gold representing wealth or show of wealth, and white representing false purity, shows what each characters color are. It is like ethnicity, without ones ethnicity, ones identity is unknown. Also, narration is something that one has to look out for. One must figure out that what the narrator explains isn’t always true because there is a deeper meaning outside of the narrator’s perspective which can give conflicting views upon the character. Lastly, Fitzgerald leaves pathos upon the readers. He leaves the audience leaving them with questions that can’t be answered. When Fitzgerald talks about relationship, it shows his inner self and how it affects the way others should act upon with their relationships.