The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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In the novel “The Great Gatsby”, the author F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates Jay Gatsby’s perpetual optimism through his struggle to balance his ideals with the reality of the world around him. This optimism presents itself in three aspects crucial to the development of his character in the novel, Gatsby’s delusion, his burgeoning ammorality, and his irrational love for Daisy. Firstly, Jay Gatsby’s continuous attempts to balance his ideology with his actuality cause him to become deluded. During the beginning of the novel before the Nick has actually met him, he’s told many wild and extraordinary rumors about Gatsby, such as the one he hears from Myrtle Wilson’s sister Charlotte.
‘“Really? I was down there at a party about a month ago. At a man named Gatsby’s. Do you know him?’’ ‘I live next door to him.’ ‘Well, they say he’s a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm’s. That’s where all his money comes from.’ ‘Really?’ She nodded. ‘I’m scared of him. I’d hate to have him get anything on me.”’(Fitzgerald 32)
These false rumours represent Gatsby’s ideology, he wants to be seen as someone of high status and social class. Over time Gatsby begins to have trouble seeing the difference between these rumours and his reality, he deludes himself into believing they are true. Because of this he gains an almost narcissistic arrogance or self confidence. This contrast between ideology and reality develops Gatsby 's character because the fact that he can delude himself to such an extent…

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