F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

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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 at all…” (Fitzgerald 98). Gatsby is extremely shameful of his background and is envious of those in the upper-class. According to famous psychologist Carl Jung, “Shame is a soul-eating emotion” (Rosenberg). Ever since he was young, Gatsby has been carrying this insecurity that is passively eating his soul away. To cover up his insecurity regarding his social class, Gatsby runs away from his unfortunate beginning and thrives to recreate a new persona he desires and approves of. “So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” (Fitzgerald 98). Jay Gatsby recreates himself into a mysterious rich person from the upper class and erases…

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