Innocence Does Not Mean Immortality Essay

1530 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Innocence does not mean immortality. As J.K. Rowling said, “Always the innocent are the first victims.... So it has been for ages past, so it is now.” In the Jazz Age novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is a self-made, extravagantly rich young man who lives on the West Egg of Long Island. His love interest is Daisy Buchanan a married old money girl with whom he had a romantic past. As their relationship progresses, it becomes clear to everyone but Gatsby that it is not the same as it used to be. Eventually, Gatsby takes the blame for Daisy after she kills Myrtle Wilson, and ends up getting killed by Myrtle’s disconsolate husband George. Gatsby is essentially an innocent victim who is destroyed by his inability to accept reality. One of the ways Gatsby is unable to accept reality is with his dreams and riches. His desire to fulfill his lofty goals for he and Daisy and to be as wealthy as his “old money” counterparts blocks out his good decision making overall. This is clearly exemplified in his buying his mansion on West Egg. As Jordan Baker, Daisy’s best friend, tells Nick Carraway, Daisy’s cousin and close friend of Gatsby, “’Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay’” (Fitzgerald 78). Gatsby, after he and Daisy’s rift, couldn’t accept the she was out of his life. So, Gatsby basically used all his wealth to get a house near her so she could always be close by. Knowing the reality that she has a husband, Gatsby can’t accept…

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