The Not So Great Gatsby Essay

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“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”(Fitzgerald 180). The Great Gatsby considered to be one a great novel about the 1920’s follows the story of a man named James Gatz, who tries to relive the past, or his alias Jay Gatsby. The story is unravelled through the eyes on Nick Carraway, a young bonds salesman trying to make it in the East. Nick moves in to his house neighbor to Gatsby. Nick meets Gatsby at one of Gatsby’s parties and they become friends quite fast. Gatsby in in love with Nick’s cousin Daisy whom was Gatsby’s lover. Gatsby gets Nick to introduce Daisy to Gatsby. They hit it off but Daisy’s cheating husband Tom Buchanan, racist, is jealous and uses a garage owner, George Wilson, to murder Gatsby. Gatsby has died, George has died and Nick is left to himself to ponder on about Gatsby. Gatsby is a young man that makes it big, say chases the American Dream, yet the American Dream does not exist in The Great Gatsby.
There are not enough opportunities for all the characters in the novel. Gatsby is a man who fell in love and earned all his wealth for her. Although he has gained his high, but superficial, status he has not earned all his money honestly. Tom points out “Certainly not for a common swindler who’d have to steal the ring he put on her finger.”(Fitzgerald 133). Gatsby is caught red handed he has not earned his wealth honestly. At lunch with Nick they encounter Wolfsheim ,a gambler who fixed the World Series in 1919, a shady man sporting a pair of cufflinks made of human molars but Gatsby a man so honest yet knows this man very well so far as to be friends. Through their friendship it is possible to see Gatsby has done some dirty work. As Jeffrey Louis Decker points out in the article “Gatsby’s Pristine Dream: The Diminishment of the Self-Made Man in the Tribal Twenties” “Gatsby “raised …up out of nothing,” he is “made” not by the sweat of his honest brow but by the black hand of the immigrant gangster.”(Decker). Decker points that Gatsby an honest man has made himself in dishonest ways. Gatsby had to go great lengths to get what he wanted something a man without a cause, without a love, an obsession couldn’t achieve. Kimberly Hearne states in the article “Fitzgerald’s Rendering of a Dream” “Even though we are united, we are still separate and emotionally isolated from each other.”(Hearne). Tom is held with more respect yet Gatsby is viewed as a low down bootlegger. They have both made it to where they wanted but it runs deeper into a state of establishment. Without the status you are nothing and will stay where you reside; just like the bad and good there has to be somewhere to reside for all the lower class.
With the coming of progress there is destruction. Between West Egg and New York there is a place called the Valley of Ashes, a desolate and sad place. Nick goes as far as to describe the valley so horribly “Where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens…of men...

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