The Pathetic Jay Gatsby Of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

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The Pathetic Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby

 
    Pathetic is a term used to describe someone who is pitifully

unsuccessful.  Success is not necessarily measured in wealth or fame, but

it is measured by how much one has accomplished in life.  A successful

person is one who has set many goals for himself and then goes out in life

and accomplishes some of them, but goes on living even if failing on others.

 In the novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a pathetic character because

he wasted his whole life chasing an unrealistic dream.

 

 

      Gatsby's dream is unrealistic because "it depends for its success

upon Daisy's discontent with her marriage and her willingness to exchange

it for a life of love.  But Daisy's discontent, like her sophistication, is

a pose."(Aldridge 36)  The fact is, Daisy has almost all of the things that

a woman could want out of a marriage.  She is very wealthy, she has a

beautiful daughter, and her relationship with her husband is of a

comfortable nature.  It is true that her life is not very exciting, but it

is unreasonable to think that she would trade all that she had in her

marriage to Tom Buchanan for Jay Gatsby.  At that time, divorce was very

uncommon, and it was very unlikely that any woman would leave her husband

for any reason at all.

 

 

      Everything that Gatsby ever did in his whole life was based upon

his pursuit of the dream.  He  moved to New York and bought his very

expensive mansion because of Daisy.  Jordan Baker said, "Gatsby bought that

house so that Daisy would be just across the bay."(Fitzgerald 83)  He held

many expensive parties in the hope that Daisy might show up at one of them.

Jordan said, "I think he half expected her to wander into one of his

parties, some night, but she never did."(Fitzgerald 84)  His daily life was

also controlled by the dream.  Jordan said, "he says he's read a Chicago

paper for years just on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy's

name."(Fitzgerald 84)  Gatsby put so much effort into his dream that his

dream became his life, and losing control of your life is saddening.

 

 

      Gatsby is pathetic because he behaves like a child and he cannot

handle adult situations like an adult.  His childish demands show that he

is a pathetic and immature human being.  Jordan says, "I immediately

suggested a luncheon in New York - and I thought he'd go mad:  """I don't

want to do anything out of the way!"" he kept saying.  ""I want to see her

right next door."""(Fitzgerald 84)  At Gatsby's reunion with Daisy at

Nick's house, his nervousness shows his inability to handle adult

situations.  "Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in

his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into

my eyes."(Fitzgerald 91)  A mature adult would...

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