Essay on In The Great Gatsby, Is Gatsby Truly Great?

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Is great Gatsby truly great? It seems so according to Nick Carraway, the narrator in the novel of “The Great Gatsby.” Nick has a moral background that allows him to judge Jay Gatsby accordingly. His descriptions did not only creates sympathy, but also made Gatsby, the outlaw bootlegger, somehow admirable. F. Scott Fitzgerald presented this ethical trick to expose people’s delusions about the American dream, and uses Nick to show sympathy for strivers. At the roaring ages of 1920s, the booming economy brings up the notion of American dream. People chase the American dream in pursuit of happiness while some of them believe that wealth will fix everything in life. For the same reason, they are wiling to idolize Gatsby. Chasers are …show more content…
Chasers of the American dream would love to see a happy ending for Gatsby, because it will be assuring their delusion about wealth. But Fitzgerald pointed out the high price for “living too long with a single dream.” by arranging the tragical death of Gatsby. For people who consider the American dream to be their only dream, pursuing it could also be destructive. Because with only one single dream to full fill, people tend to be irrational and therefore be self-destructive sometimes. The death of Myrtle Wilson also exemplifies such notion. Myrtle marries a man who is unable to provide the glamours life she longs for, she believes that Tom will save her from living in the room above the garage for the rest of her life. Ironically, she gallops to her death thinking Tom is driving the car that runs over and kills her. With Nick, we are allowed to see Gatsby and other strivers with sympathy. Because Gatsby symbolizes all the strivers of the American dream since they both have a single dream to live with. Through Nick’s vision, Gatsby’s obsession and agony is clear to us.When Nick meets Gatsby for the first time, he saw Gatsby“stenched out his arm towards the dark water in a curious way, and was trembling(Ch1).” Gatsby was staring at a green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. This scene reveals the eagerness of Gatsby for Daisy. Nick portrays the figure of a social climber who tries to put himself in the same social class with Daisy. Unlike other

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