Jay Gatsby Essay

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Jay Gatsby - Ever since his impoverished childhood in rural North Dakota, Gatsby longed for wealth and sophistication (American Dream) —he dropped out of St. Olaf’s College after only two weeks because he could not bear the janitorial job from which he was funding his tuition. Though Gatsby has always wanted to be rich, his main motivation in acquiring his fortune was his love for Daisy Buchanan, whom he met as a young military officer in Louisville before leaving to fight in World War I in 1917. However, Gatsby's 'love' for Daisy could also in turn be seen as a selfish obsession, since his dream of being with Daisy was never deterred by the fact she had a family, moreover a young daughter. Gatsby dedicated himself to winning Daisy back, and his acquisition of millions of dollars, his purchase of a gaudy mansion on West Egg, and his lavish weekly parties are all for Daisy; he believes that by being successful and 'at the top' will make her completely his again. Nick Carraway - Nick plays a role inside the narrative, he evidences a strongly mixed reaction to life on the East Coast, one that creates a powerful internal conflict that he does not resolve until the end of the book. On the one hand, Nick is attracted to the fast-paced, fun-driven lifestyle of New York. On the other hand, he finds that lifestyle grotesque and damaging. This inner conflict is symbolized throughout the book by Nick’s romantic affair with Jordan Baker. He is attracted to her vivacity and her sophistication just as he is repelled by her dishonesty and her lack of consideration for other people. Nick's own dreams seem not obvious or important in the book, because his role is to reflect and comment on the other character's. Daisy Buchanan - 'I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.' Daisy speaks these words in Chapter 1 as she

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