The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1045 Words Jun 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Helen Keller once said, “The only thing that is worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” This could relate to The Great Gatsby because there are many characters in the book that are able to see but are blinded by things in life. Some of these characters include Gatsby, a man-made coming of wealth that is blinded by love. There is also Daisy, a women of old-money who thought she was in-love but is driven by money. Although Gatsby, Daisy and The Wilsons are blinded by some form of object or idea in The Great Gatsby, there are other “characters” that can see clearly throughout the entire novel.
Two characters that are blinded in The Great Gatsby is George and Myrtle Wilson. George and Myrtle were both blinded by the American Dream. Although they were both blinded with the American Dream, they both had in mind different versions. George wanted to be with Myrtle and move out of “the gray land and spasms of bleak dust they call the valley of ashes” (23). George wanted love with Myrtle and to make a better life for themselves by moving west. Myrtle on the other hand wanted a different kind of American Dream. She wanted a life with Tom. She thought “her sensual surplus of flesh” could make Tom love her (25). The struggle to attain the American Dream led to her death. She ran out of into the middle of the road at night in attempts to have Tom save her form George, who thinks “she could not fool God” (159). Wilson might have been right, Myrtle may not have been able to…

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