Summer Reading Essay

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“Money can’t buy happiness” is a saying that is often used to make one understand that there is more to life than wealth and money. Jay Gatsby was a man of many qualities some of which are good and bad. Throughout the book of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we learn of his past and discover the true qualities of Jay Gatsby. Starting from the bottom, with little money, we learn of why Gatsby struggled so hard all his life to become wealthy and what his true goal in life was. When reading this story, the true reasons behind Gatsby’s illegal actions reveal themselves and readers can learn a great life lesson from this story and the actions the characters take. Readers can see through ...view middle of the document...

”(104). This quote defines Gatsby as a man of great beauty, but also of which is fake and cheap. The “meretricious beauty” would be as a result of Gatsby not truly earning the wealth he has to become part of West Egg; it would also mean that everything Gatsby had is fake and that it was built upon a lie. We learn this to be true as to how Gatsby acquired his wealth through bootlegging just so he could seem like a perfect man for the love of his life, Daisy; and that he attended Oxford University because every soldier from war was allowed to go there, which thus separated him from Daisy. Although Gatsby was dedicated to do anything to get the love of his life Daisy, he had lost the true value of love along the way of loving a person for who they are and letting true love find a way. Gatsby no longer has anything else in his mind but to win over Daisy and live happily ever after with her.
Jay Gatsby can definitely be defined as a static character through his course of actions in the story. A static character is a character that shows little change throughout the story and just holds up the same beliefs and thoughts the whole story. From the beginning of this story, it is understood that Gatsby has worked for years to his whole life for one reason; he had one goal in his whole life, to be together and live happily in love with Daisy. Gatsby even told Tom in the verbal fight “But both of us loved each other all that time” (138). Gatsby made clear that he has only ever loved Daisy his whole life and that he is still in love with her. In the end Gatsby is still willing to do anything to win over Daisy showing he has not changed through the course of the story. This willingness to do anything for Daisy causes Gatsby to be blinded by the murder of

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Myrtle Daisy committed with her car, and eventually Gatsby is seen taking the blame and getting murdered himself. Daisy is reluctant to say who she loves and doesn’t love, making Gatsby and Tom fight even more furiously. It later turns out to seem that Daisy is more interested in the wealth she will have rather than who she will be happy with. Gatsby knew this and it was the reason why he had to resort to illegal activities to become wealthy, it was all for love.
Gatsby is a prime example of the major theme in this story; corruptive power of wealth. Corruptive power of wealth was just like aristocracy in East Egg, and was something Gatsby faced by primarily Tom but also Daisy. Since the Buchannans have had wealth for a long time, they have lost all feeling for others and the troubles others go through. They felt that money can buy everything and that with money they will have no worries. Gatsby also felt that all happiness rested in money. This leads to one major contradiction in the...

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