The Great Gatsby
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby the narrator, Nick
Caraway makes a statement that, in my opinion, reveals to the reader
why the book is called The Great Gatsby.
“They’re a rotten crowd” Nick shouted across the lawn to Gatsby
“You're worth the whole damn lot put together.”
I agree with Nicks statement because Gatsby has outstanding values
that differ and set him apart from the other characters in the book.
Also the one main feature that really sets him apart from the crowd
and makes him worth more than the whole crowd is his ability to set
himself goals and achieve them.
He had a dream, An American Dream.
Throughout the book Gatsby is portrayed as a mysterious character. The
first impressions of Gatsby, which are conveyed to the reader, are
through gossip. This is mainly due to Gatsby’s inaccessibility. He
surrounds himself with people but never interacts, instead opting to
watch other people enjoy themselves.
The rumours about Gatsby are abundant and come from the very people
who take advantage of his hospitality. Jordan and the two twins, tell
Nick at one of Gatsby’s parties “Somebody told me that he killed a
man.” There are also disputes about which country he fought for in the
war. As one man tells Nick “I heard that from a man who knew all about
him, grew up with him in Germany.”
This is opposed by another woman at the party saying, “It couldn’t be
that because he was in the American army during the war.” Gatsby’s
wealth which is also a mystery to begin with, adds to his mysterious
Despite these rumours circulating about Gatsby our first real
impression of Gatsby is a positive one,
“He smiled understandingly- much more than understandingly. It was one
of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that
you may come across four or five times in life.”
This first impression of Gatsby is important as it shows that he
knows how to work with people although he rarely associates with them.
Later on in the book we learn that his real name is James Gatz, he was
born in North Dakota to a poor family. Whilst serving in the army in
World War 1 he met Daisy Fay (now Daisy Buchanan) and fell in love
with her. He worked briefly with a millionaire, and became acquainted
with the people and customs of high society. This and his love for
Daisy inspired Gatsby to devote his life to the acquisition of wealth.
For Daisy he would do anything, and he began making his fortune
through illegal activities.
Daisy, Tom and Jordan are all part of the rotten crowd because they
all have much the same questionable values. Daisy for example is
selfish; she has an affair with Gatsby whilst married to Tom. She is
careless for instance; running over and killing Myrtle Wilson while
driving Gatsby’s car. She is immature as she doesn’t seem to know how
to act her age and uses her frail character as an excuse. Finally she
is materialistic in that...