Examples Of Romanticism In The Great Gatsby

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Gatsby’s hero journey Jay Gatsby from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a remarkable character in American literature. Gatsby refuses to accept his fate and creates his fortune with his determinism. Many also fantasize over Gatsby’s sincere love for his first lover, Daisy Buchanan. Some published reviews of Fitzgerald’s protagonist claim that Jay Gatsby is a “romantic hero”; my argument is that Jay Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy turns romanticism into a distortion. Contrary to his later lavish lifestyle, Jay Gatsby is born into a poor family in the Midwest; This stage in his life is considered as his “ordinary world”. “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people-his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents …show more content…
Throughout his affair with Daisy, he assumes the love is mutual. During the heated argument between Gatsby and Tom, Gatsby claims that Daisy never liked him, “‘…But both of us loved each other all the time, old sport, and you didn’t know. I used to laugh sometimes..to think you didn’t know’” (Fitzgerald 131). Gatsby attempts to justify his affair with Daisy, but clearly affair under any circumstances is unethical. Borrowing philosophical ideology from Khaderbai, Gatsby “did the wrong thing, for the right reasons…” (Roberts). Even though Daisy is suffering from marital affair, Gatsby, as past lover, has no right to interfere in others’ marriage. If everyone did that, it would undermine and ruin the traditional American values of family and marriage. On the other hand, Daisy is definitely not the right woman for Gatsby. Daisy is highly inconsiderate and indecisive; she is self-centered as she only cares about her own benefits. At the midst of the argument between Gatsby and Tom, Daisy exacerbates the situation, “‘I did love him once, but I loved you too’” (Fitzgerald 132). While Gatsby cannot let go of the past, he wholeheartedly assumes that Daisy has never stop loving him. Unfortunately, Daisy has already moved on in life prior their reconciliation. Gatsby’s flaw, the inability to let go of the past, breeds his eventual tragedy. Comparable to Gatsby, Holden Caulfield from the Catcher in the …show more content…
Posthumously, his “world” soon deteriorates and reveals the horror and fakeness of the upper class that Gatsby thrives to be part of. After using Gatsby as their scapegoat, Tom and Daisy immediately moves away from East Egg and do not even bother to attend Gatsby’s funeral: “But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them” (Fitzgerald 164). The Buchanan peacefully continues on in their life, without looking back at those that are sacrifice at their expense. This action reveals the attitude of the upper class, and how self-centered they can be in a deadly way. Despite the generous hospitality of Gatsby before his death, no one in New York City shows up as Nick recalls, “Nobody came” (Fitzgerald 174). Many people have used Gatsby’s benefits, but none of them bother to repay and respect this incredible man for the last time. It seems as nobody in the East remembers Gatsby and his legacy. The forgetfulness of the East greatly terrifies Nick as it reveals the superficiality of the booming East; “After Gatsby’s death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes’ power of correction” (Fitzgerald 176). Gatsby’s tragedy makes Nick sick of the East, as he moves away from this terrifying place at the end of the

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