Similarities Between Nick And Jay In The Great Gatsby

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While The Great Gatsby is a fictional story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in many ways the book mirrors Fitzgerald's real life. The Great Gatsby in its entirety represents the internal battle Fitzgerald faces between his chase of fame and fortune and his loathe of the unachievable “American Dream”. Understanding Fitzgerald's real life is key to better understanding the novel. In many instances both characters Nick and Jay represent a part of his internal conflict.

The tragic love story, The Great Gatsby mirrors F. Scott Fitzgerald's real life. Aside from the obvious similarities such as Nick also coming from a working class family from out west Minnesota, then attending an ivy league school, there is a much deeper connection between
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Gatsby spent his whole life chasing the dream of getting Daisy. Fitzgerald got caught up chasing the same thing, he became a heavy partier, but he realized that the wealthy life is not always the best life. While Gatsby and him were very alike he was also very much like Nick. He realized that all these people with money weren't really worth anything “ We shook hands and I started away. Just before I reached the hedge I remembered something and turned around. "They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." (Fitzgerald, Ch 8), Nick told Gatsby that he was worth more than every person at the party combined, those people were bourgeois and fake, they only cared about money, And material things. Like Nick he realized that money was not the only thing in life.

While The Great Gatsby was a tragic love story that represented
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Scott Fitzgerald's real life, it represented the internal conflict that Fitzgerald was facing in his own life. While the novel may just seem as a story about tragic love it is much deeper, it exposes the corrupted and destructive American Dream and it shows that money truly cannot buy happiness. It shows that the grass always seems greener on the other side. Every character had their own fantasy that they were chasing and it led each one down a destructive path. In the Great Gatsby money and desire of the unachievable ruined numerous lives and showed that money was at the root of all

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