Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1047 Words Dec 4th, 2015 5 Pages
(TItle) People have many different personalities based on who they are interacting with. Often times people 's personas change due to their influences and their ideals. Many high school students experience a change in personality while trying to fit in or mimic a person they look up to. Some people are unaware of their own change in personality; however, in the novel The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald, Jay decides to invent a false persona of who he wishes to be. Starting in Jay’s teenage years he begins to create his new identity. Jay wishes to be successful, a very rich man who wants nothing to do with his childhood. He is embarrassed by where he came from so he chooses to create a false persona Jay Gatsby. The author uses character to convey that people cannot create a false persona to be successful in life. Fitzgerald uses character to introduce and describe the persona that Jay Gatsby creates for himself. Fitzgerald says, “So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end” (98). Fitzgerald uses this quote to help develop Gatsby’s character and to establish that Jay has been creating this new persona for himself since his teenage years. He obsesses over this new identity he creates for himself in his mind. Jay continues to devote his life to his false identity even when his life is falling apart around him. Gatsby creates an identity and it is not successful…

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