F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Great?

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Is Gatsby Great? “Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” To be great, one must be considerably above the normal or average to an extent or intensity. In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main protagonist Jay Gatsby is portrayed as a great man through all the wonderful and heart wrenching things he’s done. Gatsby’s greatness is below the surface, in order to understand the man himself, one must truly be intrigued by all his riches and want to know the core of this enigma. Even though Gatsby is a man who believes that lying can win people over, Gatsby’s greatness originates from…show more content…
After meeting both Cody and Daisy, Gatsby dedicates himself to becoming wealthy. Gatsby has all more of a reason to strive to become prominent. Daisy has become the only thing that matters to Gatsby, and it takes a truly great man to be capable of that kind of love. Gatsby deserves to be called great simply because he is a war hero. The war was crucial to Gatsby’s development as a man. His success in the war provided him with a brief period of social mobility. Not only does the war help shape who he is, but it helps him hide his real class from Daisy. The only reason he meets her is because of him being a soldier where no one could deny him in his lies of being a part of the upper­class. The war gives Gatsby an opportunity to see the world and earn money in the service. Gatsby did “extraordinarily well in the war. He was a captain before he went to the front, and following the Argonne battles he got his majority and the command of the divisional machine guns” (150). A war hero, as any man would call it, he was truly someone whom any soldier would seek to for guidance and for help if they needed it. Gatsby, however, did not realize that with the ending of the war, his prestige would end as well. Returning to America made him realize that he would have to do everything in his power to become wealthy to be worthy of Daisy’s love. Gatsby represents the American Dream in many ways and in order to accomplish his dream he knows exactly what he desires. The existence of social class in America is very important during this time period, no rich man would marry a poor woman and no poor man would wind up marrying a rich woman. Gatsby being well aware of this tries desperately to fake his status and buy his way into a high social class.Gatsby is held at arm’s length from the people that would put him into the finest part of New York, East Egg. Gatsby symbolizes the American Dream because he goes from rags to riches, and every American aspires to live the way
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