The Great Gatsby Trapped Analysis

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In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the narrator is Nick Carraway. He is able to give a fairly unbiased account of the events that happens in the novel. Many symbols are present in the book, for example, the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg which represented God watching over them all. FItzgerald used the characters Myrtle, Daisy, and Gatsby, to portray an image of how people are trapped in their lives as a way to criticize society. One of the more prevalent examples of this portrayal of being trapped was shown through the character Myrtle Wilson. Myrtle was a married women, but had been having an affair with Tom Buchanan for what seems to be a fairly long time. George Wilson was Myrtle's passive husband. He was oblivious to the affair …show more content…
Gatsby grew up as an impoverished farmer in North Dakota. He met Daisy five years before the book place, and they fell in love. He got shipped off to serve in the war and Daisy told him she would wait for him. She didn’t wait for him, she married Tom a few months after Gatsby left, knowing that she didn’t love Tom. Gatsby’s American Dream was to be rich, have a big house, and among several other things, he wanted Daisy. He managed to achieve everything in his dream except for having Daisy. Gatsby was trapped in his imagination of Daisy, that at times, the real Daisy wasn’t who he expected her to be after all these years. Gatsby’s downfall ended up being his love for Daisy. He loved her so much that he eventually got killed for it. Daisy was very selfish and lead Gatsby to believe she may leave Tom for him, even in the end when she knew she wouldn’t, she continued to keep up the charade. Gatsby is trapped in his own imagination of what he wanted his life to be. If he would’ve let go of his dream of Daisy and left town, like Nick had told him to do, he would probably still be alive. The author does this to criticise the wealthy once again for being selfish. Daisy could’ve told Gatsby that she wasn’t planning on leaving Tom, or at least returned his phone calls, but instead she hid away in her house with her money and waited for other people to fix the problem she had created. …show more content…
It showed that most people who are wealthy, aren’t usually happy. Many times the characters would try and seek out their happiness but they couldn’t get past certain adversities. This lead to many characters downfall. The book also made a point of depicting the wealthy as helpless. They create problems and expect other people to fix them. Fitzgerald portrayed many characters to be trapped in a way to criticize society and the

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