The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essays

1091 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Becoming great is something that many strive for, but few attain. The pursuit of greatness is commonly misunderstood and sought after in a fallacious way. Though many do not realize, great individuals can be those that hide in the background and are not recognized; fame does not equal greatness. However, during the Roaring Twenties in the United States, fame did equal greatness for a majority of the people. Jay Gatsby’s character throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby, portrays a man who would have been considered great during the era in which he lived; Gatsby showed the qualities of a romantic and foolish man. According to the title of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby is great. But what does great mean? Was Gatsby truly great? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, great is defined as “remarkable in magnitude, degree, and effectiveness.” Greatness in Jesus’ eyes is described in Mark 10:43 when he says, “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” In this passage, the disciples were trying to figure out who among them deserved the most prominent position. Jesus said that the disciples would find out who the greatest one of them was by their service (Warren). Acting like a servant was, and still is, not the most popular or easy task to perform. In the 1920’s, one had to create his own worth because others considered one great based on how successful they were. In Gatsby’s culture, one was considered great because of their personal worth and the possessions that…

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