The Great Gatsby- Meaning Behind the Title Essay

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The Great Gatsby is a title that shares many meanings behind it. The title itself gets the audience to think about why Gatsby is so “great”. Looking deeper into the title that Gatsby has earned, there are more extreme reasons to why he is labeled the way he is. Not only does the title describe a trait of Gatsby’s but it expresses irony and also his actions. The title could refer Gatsby as “great” as his persona. He is one of the wealthiest people on Long Island and lives in an extravagant mansion. He throws lavish parties on the weekends with the first class treatment of the guests, who he barely knows any of them. Everyone knows his name and is interested in his life. He is like a local celebrity. So in that way Gatsby is “great”. Many people think he lives in a utopia. The title: The Great Gatsby holds irony. It is ironic because Gatsby’s dream-like life is not as perfect as it sounds. Gatsby earns his fortunes through illegal activities and is very dishonest to the society around him. The "old money" folks see right through his appearance and thought of him as remise. And when he starts to crumble, all of his friends turn out to simply be people who take advantage of his generosity and riches. Then there is third way of looking at this adjective, “great”. Although Nick doesn't quite approve of Gatsby's means, he knows that Gatsby's driven by love. Also, Nick believes that Gatsby is truly a good person; the man is generous, loyal, and sincere. In this way, Gatsby is great. He's a victim of Tom and Daisy's selfish, shallow addiction to their wealth and lifestyle, and, in the end, Nick sides with

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