Have you ever done something absurd because of something that happened to you? Through out Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby we see through the eyes of the lonely, self-reliant, and the unrealistic. A novel of how money, love, solitude, and the harsh connections between them had a leading part in the 1920’s. Seen through the eyes of Nick Carraway, the life of Jay Gatsby is laid out before us and we are whisked away into a breathe taking new perspective of life before we were born. Jay Gatsby’s life is displayed to us in an extravagant way which in the end tells of how he stumbles into his unfortunate demise. Money, lust, revenge, and endless parties can never truly take away the lonely ache of a broken, lost heart.
The least important point is made by Jay Gatsby dad, Henry Gatz. In life we do things or say things that can not be taken back, Mr. Gatz is a great example of this. Jay’s dad speaks of Jay’s childhood and how he never ...view middle of the document...
After Myrtle is pronounced dead George is on a mission to discover who murdered her when in reality, Myrtles death was an accident. George is convinced she was murdered and he goes out of his mind mourning her. Her death pushes him into a desperate, depressed state where he rambles over how he yelled at her and accused her of dishonest things. Shortly after she is killed George disappears, only to reappear at Jay Gatsby’s house. He shoots and kills Jay over the incident, but he kills himself in the process. “I spoke to her,” he muttered, after a long a silence. “I told her she might fool me but she couldn’t fool god.” (159)
The last and most important point is made by Jay Gatsby himself from the start of the novel to the end. Through out the novel details and hints are given to us over Gatsby’s love for Daisy Buchanan. A married woman who, five years before and right before he would of went to war, Gatsby had fallen for. It had been because of Daisy that Gatsby moved to west egg, right across the bay from where Daisy lived. For years Gatsby threw parties trying to attract Daisy’s attention and attract her to these parties. Gatsby wanted to show to Daisy that now he had money and had the means to take care of her while giving her the old money experience she had while growing up. “I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night,” went on Jordan, “but she never did.” (79) This did attract her attention but only after Nick helps. How can it be true if the only thing attracting a person is money or riches?
Many believe money is the way to happiness, that lust can fill the void in a person’s life, or that a past love can be the same as before. These assumptions can only let a person live an unrealistic life. How can money bring you true happiness or how can you fill a hole in your life with something untrue? You can not hide behind fake emotions or try to hide how you feel because in the end the past or your feelings surface. You can not fight fire with fire or destroy one thing just because something else was destroyed.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1925. Print