Character Analysis

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The Great Gatsby is an extraordinary novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who tells the story about the wealthy man of Long Island named, Jay Gatsby, a middle aged man with a mysterious past, who lives at a gothic mansion and hosts many parties with many strangers who were not entirely invited. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, many characters are discussed uniquely to an extent from the festive, yet status hungry Roaring Twenties. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald introduces many characters who all seem to cause conflict with each other because of incompatible personalities. The main character that F. Scott Fitzgerald sets the entire book over is Jay Gatsby, Gatsby, is first shown as a mysterious man whose reputation is built by rumors and great parties; this makes the guest of his parties assume that Gatsby is actually The Great Gatsby, however his characteristic traits shows that he is not as great as those may seem to think and that Jay Gatsby is actually a man who is mysterious, stubborn and dishonest.

Jay Gatsby, the main character of the novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is described as a man who throws grand parties, however not many individuals know who Jay Gatsby true identity is and only know Gatsby by what his party guest seem to speculate about who Jay Gatsby actually is, which makes Gatsby seem as a mysterious character. Gatsby shows his mysterious trait in the first chapter, when Nick is having dinner with Daisy. The topic of Jay Gatsby is brought up by Jordan Baker, and Gatsby shows that he’s peculiar to Daisy because Daisy doesn’t understand who Gatsby truly is, “‘you must know Gatsby.’ ‘Gatsby?’ demanded Daisy. ‘What Gatsby?’” (Fitzgerald 15). This shows that Gatsby is a strange character to Daisy, because Gatsby tells Nick that he knew Daisy for years, however although they lived close together at East and West Egg, Daisy doesn’t seem to comprehend who Jay Gatsby really is. Another example on why Gatsby is a mysterious character is the first time Nick encountered Gatsby, Gatsby is first seen speculating Nick’s yard, when Nick looked away from Gatsby and looked back he states that he “looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness” (Fitzgerald 26). This shows that Gatsby seems to strangely disappear from Nick’s view, and with Nick unaware of who Jay Gatsby legitimately, this gives the character an aura of mystery. Gatsby is a mysterious unique character that many people seem to guess who his true identity is, for example when Nick and Jordan attend on of Gatsby’s great parties Nick begins to ask Jordan questions about Gatsby “‘where is he from, I mean? And what does he do?’ ‘Now you’re started on the subject”” (Fitzgerald 53). This shows that nobody fully understands who Gatsby truly is, and that although many people participate at his parties, no one really knows who the host actually is, making Jay Gatsby mysterious as ever.


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