The Jazz age ended when Wall Street crashed in 1 929, causing the great depression. Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby, was set in the affluent Long Island Of 1 922, in New York. The main character Of the novel was Jay Gatsby.
Jay Gatsby started his life as “James Gate”, a child to two dirt-poor farmers; he hen left home and fate introduced him to a wealthy gentleman named “Dan Cody’, as Gatsby was trying to save his life in a disastrous event. Cody taught Gatsby how to be a true gentleman, but when Cody died and Gatsby failed to inherit his wealth, Gatsby was Dirt-poor once again. After Gatsby had fallen in love with a girl named Daisy when he was in Louisville, he had to leave for war. Daisy married an elite man known as Tom, as penniless Gatsby was at war.
Gatsby returned from war and was able to work hard, and achieve a wealthy life through the bootleg of illegal alcohol. Jay Gatsby was described to e an expectant, optimistic, diligent and great character. The title of the novel appropriately describes Jay Gatsby as “great”. As Jay Gatsby was motivationally hopeful and assiduous, he deserves to be described as “great’. Gatsby appears to be heroic and foolish in both senses, thoroughly fighting for an imaginary belief, which was marrying Daisy. Moreover, Romance dominates Gatsby character, as it mainly influences his actions, disregarding the melancholy of reality.
Gatsby enjoyed a great, hopeful and optimistic character, as he remained to contain a heroic spirit, yet a foolish attitude. Gatsby personality was strongly dominated by Romance over realism. Furthermore, Gatsby character was truly as great character as the title of the novel described him. Gatsby enjoyed a buoyant, optimistic and hopeful character; this is seen as Gatsby continued his attempts to attract and secure Daisy, even after their relationship was unmanageable. Fitzgerald evidently illustrates Gatsby)ads hopeful personality, when he describes his ceaseless tender for “the green light”, which is located on Daisy’s house deck.
The “green light” symbolizes Gatsby hope to earn Daisy s heart, as he stands before it every night hoping for her love. Fitzgerald shows Gatsby hopeful personality when he says, “If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life….. .It was an extraordinary gift for hope”(Fitzgerald,4). This quote explains Nick’s view of Gatsby as hope-gifted. Furthermore, Fitzgerald personalizes Gatsby as optimistic.
Even though, Daisy was married to Tom Buchanan and had a young child, Gatsby remained to believe that she could live with him one day; this shows his expectant and optimistic personality. Gatsby strong optimism is seen when he says, ‘”Can’t peat the past? ‘ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you 1 18). This quote portrays Gatsby/s optimistic belief that he can adjust the past, even though it’s impossible. Nick shows his appreciation for the greatness of Gatsby when he gives him the first complement in the novel saying, “They re a rotten crowd,’ shouted across the lawn. You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together” (Fitzgerald, 164). This quotes shows Nick’s respect for Gatsby, and the fact that Gatsby earned the only complement Nick gave in the novel shows that Gatsby s personality is more respectful and honorable than that of the other characters. These collective traits evidently proves that Gatsby collection of trait were those of a “great” character, showing his deserving of being titled “greatly Moreover, Gatsby personality was someway contradictory. Gatsby had a heroic, yet foolish attitude towards his dilemmas and problems.
Fitzgerald shows Gatsby heroic attitude when he waits before Daisy house to protect her from Tom’s violence. Although it may seem heroic that Gatsby wanted to protect his love, it was a foolish action as he wasted a night of his life to support a fictitious dream. This imprudent attitude is seen when Nick says, She’ll be all right tomorrow,’ he said presently. ‘I’m just going to wait here and see if he tries to bother her about that unpleasantness this afternoon…. Daisy and Tom were sitting opposite each other at the kitchen table with a plate of cold fried chicken between them and two bottles of ale. (Fitzgerald, 154). This incident shows that Gatsby was foolish, as he wasted time that could’ve helped him escape his murder crime to stay up all night, for a woman who was betraying his love at the same moment by compensating with his concurrent; this explains that he foolishly revolved his life around an furious dream. In addition, Gatsby courageously takes blame for Daises crime; Daisy’s murdered a woman named Myrtle by accident and Gatsby took blame to protect his love (his love for Daisy); however, this appears to be foolish, as he did not exonerate himself from this crime, resulting in his murder.
This is seen when Nick says, “Lowell, tried to swing the wheel broke off, and suddenly I guessed at the truth. ‘Was Daisy driving? ‘ ‘Yes,’ he said after a moment, ‘but of course I’ll say was. ” (Fitzgerald, 154). This quote evidently shows that Gatsby was ready to take blame for his love’s actions Daisy’s actions); moreover, this seems foolish, as Gatsby is murdered for innocently taking blame rather than exonerating himself from the crime. The consequences of this foolish actions is exposed when Nick cries, “he chauffeur-?he was one of Wolfishness protogs-? heard the shots….
It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Willow’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete” (Fitzgerald, 172). This statement shows that Wilson (Myrtle’s husband) murdered Gatsby as he thought that intended Gatsby slew his wife (as he thought Gatsby was ere lover), as Gatsby didn’t exonerate himself from the blame. Gatsby personality appears to be a mixture of heroic, yet foolish traits. Furthermore, Romance dominated Gatsby personality.
Most of Gatsby actions were triggered by his heart, rather than reasoning and realistic appeals. This appears when Gatsby fights with Tom on the hottest day of summer over Daisy, assuming that Daisy’s life revolves because his life revolves around her. Gatsby obviously makes this assumption, as his heart wants to create a typical love story; however, this desire to create a typical love story contradicts with reality. This assumption is made when Gatsby tell Tom Buchanan (Daisy’s husband), ‘”Your wife doesn’t love you,’ said Gatsby. ‘She’s never loved you.
She loves me”‘ (Fitzgerald, 139). This quote shows Gatsby personality’s dominance of romance over reality. This is appreciated because Gatsby desired to create the typical love story, although reality has halted his desire, when Daisy described the truth of her emotions. Daisy true emotion wasn’t pure as he imagined, since she partially loved Torn and Gatsby at the same time. This is seen when Daisy screams, mom, you want too much! ‘ she cried to Gatsby. L love you now-?isn’t that enough? I can’t help what past. ‘ She began to sob helplessly. L did love him once-?but I loved you too. M (Fitzgerald, 141 This shows that Daisy true emotions (representing reality) contradicted with Gatsby desires, showing that his personality was intensely dominated by Romance. In conclusion, Gatsby personality is characterized as “great”, hopeful, and Romance-dominated; moreover, his attitude tends to be heroic and foolish jointly. This is seen as Gatsby hade a continuously hopeful and caring attitude. Gatsby attitude was dominated and influenced by Romance even if is attitude contradicted reality.
Even though, Gatsby tends to have a heroic attitude towards his love (Daisy), it can be described that his attitude was foolish as it turned out to harm him at the end. Fitzgerald appreciates Gatsby characteristics and traits thorough the eyes of Nick, praising some of his traits, such as hope; however, he presents the dangers of other traits like being foolish when acting heroic and being romantic to the extent of contradicting reality.