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He Is Just A Man Essay

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“He’s just a man named Gatsby” (Fitzgerald 48) the people who attended Gatsby’s parties, really did not know who he truly was. The perception of Gatsby from other characters is different from who Gatsby was in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In order to understand Jay Gatsby, it is important to consider how he thinks about himself and what other people think about him. The truth about Gatsby is the most important point to understand during this book but is hidden be hide his fancy riches. Those are the things that help decide who Gatsby is. The perception of Gatsby by people was very different than who Gatsby really was.
The first point is what Gatsby thinks about himself. ...view middle of the document...

“My god, I believe the man’s coming, Doesn’t he know she doesn’t want him” is said by Tom before Gatsby shows up for dinner. So that right there shows that Tom is not a supporter of Gatsby. The other characters are also interested in who Mr. Gatsby is and what he does. During the book, a reporter comes to his house to try to figure out who he is. Nick is also his closest friend in the book and Nick himself does not know that much about Gatsby. Even though Nick knows the most about who Gatsby is, he still does not know enough about him to understand the truth about Gatsby. In the book, The Great Gatsby, there are many rumors regarding Gatsby but the truth is never understood until his death.
Near the end when Gatsby dies we find out the truth about Mr. James Gatz, which was his given name as a child. “Jimmy was bound to get ahead.” (173) was said by his father when he and Nick showed up to Gatsby funeral. When his father shows up we find out that he is not wealthy, everything he did in his life was for Daisy and he kept a scrapbook of Daisy also. “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people.” (98) This quote shows that Gatsby did not start out as rich as people thought. When his father shows we find out that “He knew he had a big future in front of him. And ever since he made a success he was very generous with me.” (172) so through all of the trouble he had with Daisy, he never changed who he really was as a person. He did take care of his dad and even bought him a house to show his...

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