The Great Gatsby Sacrifice Analysis

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The Great Gatsby: A Tale of Sacrifice

Wealth and success are the basis of the American Dream, and are sometimes not achieved by those
Try to qualify this statement: “are sometimes not” unwilling to cut corners. Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”. James Gatz was raised in overalls by dirt poor farmers; however, he felt that he was
When you’re using “however” to join two separate sentences, punctuate like this: “farmers; however, he…” meant for more than the hard labor his parents were accustomed to. A chance encounter brings James to rescue a wealthy drunk from drowning in a storm, and from that moment forward he is Jay Gatsby. Jay learns the ways of a
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Alass he is left with nothing, by this time he uses
So you can fix this “however” by…? his ability to act like a gentleman in order to make his way into the upper class. Along the way Jay meets a Southern belle called Daisy, and the two fall madly in love. Nevertheless, Jay is still poor and does not feel worthy of Daisy’s affections. When Jay leaves with the army Daisy is forced to move on.The novel uses literary elements such as symbolism, and Irony to convey the theme that however glorious the American Dream may seem it comes at a cost which in many cases is the sacrifice of one’s morals. Before he was the Great Gatsby, he was known as James Gatz the son of poor farmers in the Midwest. James, only seventeen, desperately longed for the success and glory
Like this: Midwest which was promised by the concept of the American Dream. In his determination to achieve it, the young boy began a charade of sacrifice. His first sacrifice was his name, a small and
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Ironically, Gatsby is mistaken and everything he has done for the sake of Daisy is of no avail. After his departure with the Army, Gatsby begins creating his own version of her. Their love is seemingly more extraordinary in his mind than the reality ever was. This conception of Daisy is what drives him to feel unworthy of her affection which in turn leads him to cut corners in order to achieve wealth. This is ironic because no matter how wealthy Gatsby becomes Daisy will never choose him. She in many ways does not know herself and without self-knowledge she is unable to choose. Another example of irony in this novel is Gatsby’s funeral. Over the years he has made many connections, and thrown parties attended by glamorous and wealthy acquaintances, strangers, friends, and business associates. Only two people attend his funeral, Gatsby’s father and Nick Carroway. This is ironic because even though Gatsby abandoned his family, and almost never looked back they still care. On the other hand, Gatsby was killed because of Daisy’s mistake, and she does not have the decency
See if you can connect this back to the prompt. Who ultimately is Gatsby’s sacrifice? Who does he sacrifice himself for? Remember, he could have gone to the

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