Gatsby Final Paper

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Allie SaileMr. MelvinHonors English 103 December 2013Gatsby Final PaperInside the book The Great Gatsby lays the story of a man who's "dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it" (Fitzgerald 180). When Gatsby stood alone on the marble steps with the look of "nothing sinister about him" (50), the readers learned who he really was. He looked at his party as if he couldn't tell the difference between his illusion and his reality. Jay Gatsby was a man with everything anyone could ever want, but nobody to share it with. He had "no one [swooning] backward on [him] and no French bob [touching] [his] shoulder" (50), and he ended the novel in the same lonely state. Gatsby's illusion of his persona, dream of the green light, and reality of time lead him to believe that his illusions are indeed real. He believes that he can change his name and become a brand new person, but in reality he will always be James Gatz. Also, Fitzgerald shows the readers that the green light is Gatsby's dream and he is under the illusion that it could someday become a reality. Lastly, he thinks that he can just live in the past and make things how they used to be between him and Daisy, when in reality he has to move forward. Fitzgerald represents symbolism in The Great Gatsby to prove that one must look past the illusions of life to reach the reality.Gatsby's persona and possessions show the readers that he has been chasing the American Dream since he was a young man. Gatsby believes that he can just change his name and move away and become a brand new person, when in reality he will always be James Gatz from North Dakota. James Gatz "invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent" (98), and showed the readers that he truly believed he could just change his name and move on. Fitzgerald puts the image in our heads of Jay's bedroom, or in this case James', when he says "[Gatsby's] bedroom was the simplest room of all" (91). Our bedrooms resemble who we and lets us express our individuality. Here Fitzgerald shows the readers that James Gatz isn't really anything like Jay Gatsby at all because he wants to spend most of his time in the simplest room, whereas Gatsby would prefer an extravagant room. Gatsby "took a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before [them]"(92), showing Nick and Daisy that he takes such pride in his things, even though they are nothing like his personality. Also, Gatsby wants Daisy to know that he is wealthy just like her. Gatsby uses this persona to cover his true identity purely because he doesn't think Daisy will love him for who he really is.The green light symbolizes Gatsby's dream and how it is too far for him to ever reach it. Gatsby has the illusion that he has a chance of reaching the green light because it is just right across the bay, but in reality he cannot reach it because it's all the way on the other side. Nick said that Gatsby "stretched out his arms towards...

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