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The Great Gatsby A False Title?

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The Great Gatsby?
Many people feel that Jay Gatsby, the main character of the Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald: fits the tittle and is indeed great. These people feel this way because of Gatsby's wealth, nice house,car, and all his lavish parties with hoards of unknown guests. But what these people don't seem to realize is the many definitions of great, and they seem to just look at the characteristics of the word. Other people on the other hand look at the definition of the word great that the title has given to Gatsby.The word great is superior in quality,or character, and Gatsby does not fit the criteria. There are a number of reasons for this.

The first reason The Great Gatsby; is a false fitting tittle is because Gatsby had no true friends in the story. Even though Gatsby had huge parties every weekend that a lot of people from all over attended didn't mean he knew the people. The people didn't pay any mind to Gatsby while they were there. “As soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host, but the two or three people whom I asked his whereabouts starred at me in such an amazed way, and denied so vehemently any knowledge of his movements.(42)” This was a narration of Nick, one of Gatsby's neighbors who becomes Gatsby's only true friend, who got invited to one of Gatsby's parties. This quote goes to show that Gatsby's guests clearly didn't care where he was, let alone what he was doing, they were just interested in consuming the free alcohol.

The second reason Gatsby is not great is because when he finally becomes good friends with Nick, he uses him to get closer to a married woman named Daisy, whom he had known five years ago. Gatsby tries to persuade Nick into arranging a meeting between himself and Daisy, knowing Nick and Daisy are cousins,”....let's go to Coney Island old sport. In my car.(81)” Gatsby offered to bring Nick to have some fun at Coney Island, and tried to...

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