The Great Gatsby Reputation

The Great Gatsby but, how could one be so great? Living his life with innumerable somber events, it 's hard to understand F. Scott Fitzgerald’s choice of title. Gatsby was a liar about his past, he made his fortune by illegally selling alcohol, and he was interfering with Tom and Daisy 's marriage. Fitzgerald had a collection of possible titles, some of them included: Among Ash-Heaps, Gold-Hatted Gatsby, The High-Bouncing Lover , Trimalchio in West Egg, and Under the Red, White, and Blue. So why did he pick the title The Great Gatsby? Some might think that the idea of the title was Fitzgerald’s way of using irony however, Fitzgerald may have had an another idea in mind. The book was titled The Great Gatsby, because Gatsby was indeed “great”! …show more content…
Nick first meets Gatsby at one of his extravagant parties unknowingly conversing with him. One of Nick 's initial reactions regarding the character of Mr. Gatsby was that he was “ an elegant young roughneck” (Fitzgerald 48). Nick looked past Gatsby 's charm and presumed him as an arrogant man. Nick 's presumption of Mr. Gatsby soon changed; he was suddenly astonished of Jay Gatsby 's life story. In the article “New essays on The Great Gatsby” The author, Matthew Bruccoli, states: “The narrator, Nick Carraway, senses that he is too quick to condemn [Gatsby]... he goes on to make an exception for Gatsby, allying Gatsby to an older, more humane America---an ironic identification” (42). This author also …show more content…
The American Dream according to InfoRefuge “went from an idea that anyone could achieve success in this country through hard work and perseverance, to an idea that one needs to keep accumulating material wealth in the quest for happiness and fulfillment” this lifestyle could also be defined as Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby was an American who grew up from nothing but his parent 's box of a home. Jay Gatsby later left his home at the age of 18 to pursue his soon to be lifestyle The American Dream. He was now called “New Money” which is not considered “great” to most characters at the time but, certainly is close. Jay Gatsby went on to live his American dream to try and charm his one true love, Daisy. Throughout this journey, Gatsby became inspired by such a light that gleamed green off of Daisy’s

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