F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

1773 Words Mar 9th, 2015 8 Pages
“Never give up on something that you can 't go a day without thinking about” (Sir Winston Churchill). Jay Gatsby cannot go a day without thinking of his dream girl, Daisy. Daisy and Gatsby met when he was a poor soldier, and rapidly fell in love; but because he was poor and she was tired of waiting for him while he was across seas she married Tom Buchanan. Even though Daisy got married and continued her life without Gatsby, he never got over her, and his obsession of trying to win her back took control of him. F. Scott Fitzgerald made all the characters in The Great Gatsby have flaws, but Jay Gatsby is arguably the most flawed character because of his habits of lying, obsession with Daisy, and denial of the past which ultimately leads to his death. Gatsby’s past has led him to reinvent himself through a series of lies and deceptions. Jay Gatsby was born into a poor family in North Dakota by the name of James Gatz; he changed his name at age seventeen when he began working for Dan Cody, the wealthy man that inspired him to reinvent his life. His name change symbolized the moment he realized he could make something of himself. To illustrate this, “The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God — a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that — and he must be about His Father’s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a…

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