Gatsby As A Fake, Desperate Hero In The Great Gatsby

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Gatsby`s True Colors
When people hear the words “romantic hero,” they imagine one of those fake characters from cheesy love stories, holding roses while kneeling below the heroine`s balcony. Gatsby is no better than those fake and desperate heroes because his love is untrue and obsessive. James Gatz, who is also known as Jay Gatsby, is a poor young man who acquires wealth for the purpose of gaining the love of a rich girl named Daisy. Gatsby lives and breathes for Daisy, the “nice” girl he loves, even though she is married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby`s love may sound dedicated, but it is more obsessive because he lives in his dreams and will literally do anything to win Daisy`s heart. In Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Gatsby is not portrayed as being a romantic hero due to his attempts in trying to be someone he is not by faking his identity, by his selfish acts in desperation for Daisy`s love, and his fixation with wealth, proving that love is not the same as obsession.
Unlike those cheesy romantic heroes from soap operas and films, Gatsby believes that by attempting to be someone he is not and by faking his identity, he will be able to win Daisy`s heart . Nick Caraway, the narrator of the novel, informs readers about Gatsby`s past and his first reaction to Daisy. He tells readers, “…he let her believe that he was a person from the same stratum as herself…that he was fully capable to take care of her. As a matter of fact, he had no such facilities…” (Fitzgerald 149). Gatsby basically lies about his social status to win Daisy`s heart, which shows how his relationship is based on dishonesty and lies rather than trust. Gatsby changes himself in order to make room for Daisy in his life. A romantic hero never lies because it is like cheating, and Gatsby lies to Daisy many times without guilt. He sees nothing wrong in lying to Daisy as long as he gets her. Except if Gatsby truly loves Daisy, he should act like himself and be true to her by being honest, because every strong relationship is based on honesty. While it is apparent that Gatsby allows himself to live in his lies, critics from The Tragedy of the American Dream on Long Island`s Gold Coast also notice Gatsby`s true colors by the way he hides from reality. One way he does this is by changing his name from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby. In addition, he views his parents as unsuccessful people and feels embarrassed by them, so he hides his relationship with them. Critics describe Gatsby and his relationship with his parents by saying, “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful…his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all” (Trask). Again, this is an example of how Gatsby is trying to hide his true identity. Gatsby sees his parents as unacceptable even though they never did him wrong or did anything to purposely humiliate him. Unfortunately, Gatsby does not realize that there are other people who care more about him than Daisy, like his father. For example,...

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