Gatsby Essay

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n The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby represents a man blinded by his own greed and imagination. He wants only money and love and must work hard to achieve both. The era of this book reflects greatly on the actions and ideas of Gatsby’s character. This book is a good example of corruption brought upon a person who goes after something that is filled completely with empty promise. Jay Gatsby wants so deeply to experience love that he puts his faith completely into someone that could never fulfill his expectations. After he reunites with Daisy, the narrator describes Gatsby’s expression saying, “I saw the expression of bewilderment had come back into Gatsby’s face, as though a faint doubt had occurred to him as to the quality of his present happiness” (pg.97). Gatsby’s expression describes a feeling of emptiness and realization that the woman of his dreams may not amount to his high expectations. For five years, Gatsby lived the dream that Daisy and him would soon reunite. Now that he has her, there is nothing more he must work for in life. He experiences the empty feeling of Daisy not amounting to the illusion he created. Even after Gatsby experienced an empty dream, he still cannot admit to himself that this woman is not the love of his life. Gatsby is so invested in an unattainable dream that he cannot bring himself to face the reality. The narrator asks Gatsby to flee for his own safety and realizes, “He couldn’t possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do. He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn’t bear to shake him free.”(pg.148). Gatsby knows that Daisy cannot leave her husband, yet is completely blinded by his love for the dream of her. He convinces himself that she will leave her husband, and they will somehow end up together. This love and devotion for Daisy depicts Gatsby as a man of tremendous imagination, who has an ability to transform

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