F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

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The Great Gatsby

What makes Jay Gatsby great? The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a famous tragedy about love and dreams from the roaring 1920’s America.
In The Great Gatsby, the narrator Nick Carraway moves to New York, and becomes the next-door neighbor to the main character Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby has dedicated his entire life trying to reunite with his love, Daisy Buchanan, that he lost five years earlier. During his journey, Gatsby escapes poverty, becoming one of the wealthiest men on Long Island. He almost manages to win Daisy back, but that eventually leads him to his death. In my analysis I will focus on the title of the book and why the author picked this title. I will investigate whether or not Jay Gatsby is “great” by analyzing his character, the story 's point of view and the connection to the American dream.

Who is Jay Gatsby? In the first place, to learn who Jay Gatsby is one must indeed know a bit about his former self, James Gatz.
James Gatz was a poor boy from North Dakota. He was very ambitious and worked hard to improve his life. At the age of seventeen when James Gatz met Dan Cody on what would be the beginning of his career, he change his name to Jay Gatsby.
When we first meet Gatsby, he was a very mysterious man. We know he had plenty of acquaintances, but very few friends, probably because of the vast fortune he has brought upon himself. We later learn that Gatsby has met Daisy in 1917, and fallen in love with her. From that…

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