The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about hesitation. A love triangle among the residents of Long Island neighborhoods grows tighter with tension after every chapter. Two powerful rich men, Tom Buchannan and Jay Gatsby, are both in love with a woman named Daisy. Tom is her husband, rich with family inheritance, and not completely committed to the idea of a monogamous marriage. Gatsby, a former lover, now wealthy, and has plotted his reunion with Daisy for years. With the narrator Nick Caraway helplessly witnessing yet giving support to both sides, we watch as each character in the novel hesitates to make decisions. Nick hesitates to commit romantically to those close to him. Tom hesitates to commit to his wife Daisy. Daisy hesitates to choose who she wants to spend the rest of her life with. The difference between each character’s hesitations is that each has personal feelings; feelings that reveal more about who the characters truly are. So, when the end of the novel arrives, hesitation is what defines each of the characters.
Hesitation is a pause, a moment in time where there is no decision made. Out of all the characters in novel, no one seems to hesitate more than Nick Carraway. Nick’s hesitation is a result of his trouble committing a relationship. He says his decision to travel east was made in hopes of pursing dreams that weren’t achievable in the Midwest. Or was it to escape some underlying commitment? It was stated that Nick had a girlfriend in…

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