Essay on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1177 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Imagine two very similar men, both insanely rich. One may believe that they must be similar, since most wealthy men have the same rather arrogant and superior attitude. On the surface of things, it seems as Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan are very similar people since they have both acquired mass amounts of wealth, and do not think twice about showing off at any opportunity they get; but if one were to truly analyze the book, there is a clear difference in the characteristics of Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. Throughout the story, Gatsby presents a more noble view towards other people while Buchanan believes that no one can surpass his wealth and his social status. Additionally, Gatsby looks towards the future in a more positive way, as if everyday presents something better. On the other hand, Buchanan is bored with his life and does not believe that his already extravagant life can become better. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby has an overall more idealistic and happier viewpoint towards life, but Buchanan is portrayed as a man who looks down upon others and can never see the positives. From the very first chapter of this novel, Gatsby and Buchanan have two personalities that at first seem similar but Gatsby has one thing that Buchanan never showed signs of; being idealistic and optimistic. Caraway even described Gatsby as a person who has “an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever…

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