Raisberys Lima April 17, 2014
The Great Gatsby
The year is 1929 in the beautiful city of New York. Nick Carraway, the main character, is seen in what appears to be in a therapeutic office with his doctor, who suggest for Carraway to write about what has been the cause of his depression and alcoholism; persuaded Carraway backtracks to a few years back and begins to write what started it all. Seven years back, 1922 to be specific, it’s the roaring 20’s and Carraway recently moved into a little cottage on Long Island adjacent to a mansion owned by the filthy rich Jay Gatsby. After Carraway presents himself at one of Gatsby’s outrageous parties, his life takes a 180-degree turn. Carraway is driven to initiate a love triangle between Gatsby and Daisy, which drives her crazy and starts to question her marriage with Tom. Carraway gets stuck between helping a good friend or doing the right thing, eventually ends up helping Gatsby on winning Daisy back by arranging secret meet ups between then two. The actions he chooses to go forward with makes him naïve allowing him to mix in with the wrong crowd and “take part in the decadence of his age.” Daisy Fay was Gatsby old lover when he was stationed in the South during World War I, but later decides to marry Tom Buchanan, a wealthy man. Form the beginning it is apparent that she’s an immoral character for many reasons. Daisy decides to lead on Gatsby by rekindling an old flame and giving him hope on having another chance with her, but walks out on him when Tom starts to notice a difference in her character and tries to interfere with the affair. Not only is she dishonest but also a consumerist who drove off after hitting a woman with Gatsby car and allows Gatsby to take the blame for it; which he is later killed by the woman’s husband seeking revenge for her death. When Gatsby first hears about Daisy’s marriage, he comes to a conclusion that in order to win Daisy’s love back, he has to become filthy rich; and he did by becoming a bootlegger during the Prohibition. As for Tom, he is a racist, close-minded, and violent human being who believes he is above everyone who also has had an affair with another woman for quite some time before Daisy’s affair with Gatsby. Having the main characters possess different ethical issues, at the same time making the wrong choices, can formulate an unexpected turning point.
There are countless major ethical choices with which the film deals with, starting with Carraway. Even though he recently moved to New York, Carraway proceeds to be influenced by his surroundings and is unable to make his own decisions, but ends up changing as the result of the action. Gatsby seems to be “frozen in his adolescent dream of Daisy as the fulfillment of his romantic longings and he’s unable to grow or change.” His obsession with Daisy causes him to take certain actions he normally would not take. Daisy, the one who initiates the problems caused between characters, is one of the most...