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Throughout the novel, Gatsby's dialogue and actions contribute to the overall impression of greatness in Gatsby.

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Introduction

Throughout the novel, Gatsby's dialogue and actions contribute to the overall impression of greatness in Gatsby. Most of these attributes are made visible to the reader by Gatsby's obsession to being reunited with Daisy, his long lost love. Gatsby's actions towards Nick also give the impression to the reader of the greatness in Gatsby. The first impressions of Gatsby come at the beginning of the book through Nick, a newcomer to West Egg and his meeting with Gatsby for the first time. Gatsby welcomes him with open arms, showing that his personality is not consistent with the stereotype of rich people being uncaring toward people who are less wealthy. Gatsby's parties were second to none anywhere. The novel describes the parties as being huge affairs with thousands of lights and hundreds of people, most of which were not invited to attend. ...read more.

Middle

Nick learns, with the reader, that this associate rigged the World Series. This shows the greatness of Gatsby in the people he knows, and the people he associates with. When Nick finds Gatsby staring at the green light, the reader is displayed a different greatness of Gatsby, a greatness of despair and of a void in his life, a void that can only be filled with the love of Daisy. Once Daisy meets Gatsby in Nick's house that afternoon, a new sense of greatness is shown by Gatsby to the reader. Gatsby makes it clear from the beginning that he has no desire to have an affair with Daisy, but wants Daisy to tell Tom that she does not love him anymore. Gatsby recognizes from the beginning that Daisy cannot love two men, and he wants her undivided love for himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

Daisy, however, turns on Gatsby and allows herself to be drawn back to the adulterous Tom, and they plot to get Wilson to believe Gatsby killed Myrtle so that Wilson will kill Gatsby. Even after Gatsby's death, Nick continues to show how much he was influenced by Gatsby's greatness. Nick assumes the responsibility for finding people to attend Gatsby's funeral, and cares for Gatsby's grief-stricken father when he arrives for the funeral. Nick would not have been so caring for a man who he did not consider great, which shows the reader that Gatsby's influence on others was another part of his greatness. Gatsby's title as great is well earned though his accomplishments in his life. This novel describes his dialogue and actions to the reader so that the reader can perceive the greatness in his or her own perception of the symbolism. Gatsby's greatness extends well beyond his life through his hopes, his dreams, and his influences on the people he met during his brief existence, and his love for Daisy. ...read more.

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