D Reaming Of Fdeath Essay

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The Great Gatsby was by far one of the best books I have read this school year, it was full of surprises and seeing how the story played out made me curious to what was going to happen next. The book gives off both positive and negative portrayals throughout the novel. In the beginning of the book, the narrator Nick Carraway starts to talk about his past and his lessons in life that his family had taught him. He then recalls a memory and talks about how he moved to West Egg, Long Island seeking to become a bond salesman and to explore the life of West Egg. He rents a small house for about eighty dollars a month which is next door to a huge mansion which belongs to Jay Gatsby. He says ...view middle of the document...

Gatsby says “She never loved you, do you hear? She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me!” (Fitzgerald 139) As things got heated up Daisy says that Gatsby wants too much and she admits that she did loved Tom. This whole scene shows the drama between each characters, sets the atmosphere to a calm unsteady pace.
The Great Gatsby is full of extraordinary characters, without these characters, the book wouldnt have the same charisma that is has. One character who has affected my view on the American Dream is Gatsby because he was born into a tough life who sought to get Daisy’s heart and in result, becoming very rich and successful. The American Dream is defined as having a nice set life which is strapped with no stress and becoming successful in life. Gatsby proved to everyone that he can reach for this idea of an American Dream and turn it into reality. He came from a poor family and he was embarrassed of his family so much that he changed his name so he wouldn't have any connections with his family. He hated the limitations that came with being poor and he soon met Daisy who he fell in love with. Gatsby proved that a commoner like himself can reach the level of the wealthy. Gatsby’s whole life was basically to impress a girl who he liked in the past and him trying to repeat the past. The idea of him chasing the dream of his past life is what eventually killed him. Gatsby's life is a message to the readers, it says to us as readers not to worry about our past. That its just over and concentrating on the present and future is more beneficial.
As the rich were enormously wealthy having whatever they could desire in just the snap of their fingers, the poor were struggling just to keep food on the table. There was a big gap (financial wise) between the poor and the rich. For example George Wilson is struggling and doing whatever it takes for him to get business around his garage while the rich spent their money on inessential things like Gatsby. Gatsby’s house is filled with excessive things like for example his swimming pool. “I haven’t made use of it all summer” (Fitzgerald 87), this shows that he just bought the swimming pool to impress other people and get a good reputation for himself. Another example would be when Tom tries to sell Wilson a car. Tom being already stuffed with materialistic items could have done a nice deed to give Wilson the car for free but he doesn't. ...

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