Character Analysis Of Jay Gatsby In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the main character, Jay Gatsby, is a man who is wealthy and mysterious and who is trying to achieve the American dream. He is obsessed with and in love with his neighbor Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby moves in across from Daisy Buchanan in a huge and fancy mansion. He hopes to lure Daisy in by having constant parties. He never wins her back because he never really had her to begin with. Gatsby’s behavior is driven by an idea of Daisy completely at odds with who the real Daisy is.
Gatsby came from a poor family. He grows up in poverty and reinvents himself as a wealthy man. Gatsby comes upon Dan Cody, a “drunken yachtsman” (Lukens 44) who dies and leaves Gatsby an enormous amount of money. The now wealthy Gatsby then enlists in the army and meets Miss Daisy Faye.
Gatsby was poor when he was growing up. He wanted to remake himself using power and wealth to erase the poverty of his past. Margaret Lukens in her article Gatsby as a Drowned Sailor states, that Jay Gatsby at seventeen years old was named Jay Gatz and he had to borrow a rowboat in order to help a man named Dan Cody (44). Gatsby's borrowing the boat illustrates he was poor before he became a wealthy man. In addition, Gatsby had to struggle in order to “stay above the element that “bore” him, a creature impatiently, forcing his own evolution” (Lukens 44). Gatsby hated the poverty of his youth, and wanted wealth and power.
Impressing Dan Cody with his charm, Gatsby is helped out of his rowboat, and in a week, owns the clothes of a yachtsman (Luken). Through owning the clothes of a yachtsman Gatsby becomes wealthy due to opportunities that were offered to him because he wore these clothes of a yachtsman and while wearing the clothes of a wealthy man Gatsby learns to become even wealthier and get what he wants. Gatsby then enlist into the army and becomes Lt. Gatsby a as well as a hero of war. As being Lt. Gatsby, he meets the beautiful, and wealthy, Daisy Faye. Gatsby falls in love with the idea of who she is and wants the success and wealth Daisy has been born into. Gatsby would have not met Daisy if it weren’t for Dan Cody helping him out of his social class of poverty.
Daisy is both, the Daisy who Gatsby believes in and the flawed, Daisy who lives across from Gatsby’s mansion. The Daisy Gatsby sees is the woman who fits his image of a wife for someone who has power and wealth. Daisy is the one who can complete his fantasy, the proof of his escape from poverty. The real Daisy on the other hand is already married and is “ethereal in some qualities, and is decidedly devilish in others” (cliff notes). Daisy is a very selfish person.
Daisy is a person born into wealth and power. The Daisy Gatsby sees is a person filled with money. She is dressed in white, which shows that she cannot be touched by corruption. She is pure in Gatsby’s eyes, which is exactly what Gatsby saw when he went to the dinner party at her house. Glenn Settle says Daisy’s...

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