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What is so great about the great gatsby?

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What's Great about the Great Gatsby? Jay Gatsby is the main character of the novel "The Great Gatsby" that carries his name in the title describing him as being "great", but is he really great? Throughout the novel there are many aspects and actions taken by Jay Gatsby that can actually make him be considered a great person, nevertheless there are also many controversies to that idealization and therefore by analyzing both views a partial equilibrium conclusion can be reached. The aim of this essay is to analyze thoroughly the novel "The Great Gatsby" and reach to a conclusion of what's so great about Jay Gatsby. In the novel "The Great Gatsby", Jay Gatsby has as his main target to make all of his dreams eventually become reality. In order to define Gatsby's character, Nick Carraway the narrator of the novel describes in depth the exaggerated exposure of wealth and social status, which is demonstrated through the abundant parties and the people that attended it. Before gaining all this fame and money, Jay Gatsby worked his way along the south shore of Lake Superior until he was employed by a very wealthy yachtsman, Dan Cody. ...read more.

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The money gained from the bootlegging business makes Gatsby a very wealthy man and consequently he was able to buy a house in East Egg, which was across the bay from the Buchanan's house. A few weeks later, Gatsby starts giving a weekly party that exhibited all of his wealth and brought many important people to the same place. Daisy goes to the parties at Gatsby's house and she becomes impressed by the excessive amount of wealth obtained by him and therefore she is willing to see him. Gatsby used his materialism and excessive displays of wealth to reunite with his former love. It is conveyed now that Gatsby is a man that will pass over any moral and/or illegal barriers to obtain his own success, which is in this case getting Daisy back, even though he is aware that she is married and has a daughter with Tom Buchanan. This is confirmed when Gatsby tells Jordan to ask Nick if he could invite Daisy to his house for tea so that he could all of a sudden (in Daisy's case) show up. Once again Jay Gatsby is able to turn his dreams into reality, Nick arranges the meeting. ...read more.

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Nevertheless the money, luxury and lavish parties that were always part of the dreams of Gatsby he was able to achieve, although almost everything was a fake as it is conveyed by his funeral that almost nobody attended except Nick, Owl Eyes and Gatsby's father that is very proud of his son and brings with him a schedule of self-improvement made by Gatsby when he was young so that he could become a better person. Even though Gatsby gets involved with illegal business I don't think his merit should be taken away because battled very hard before he even had the chance to do any of this. Gatsby is definitely considered "great" in the book because he's a dreamer and what makes him special is that he makes most of these dreams come true, although he died with the frustration of not having Daisy, which according to Nick must have probably been the worst thing to him. Therefore it may be concluded that Gatsby is "great" in the sense that he realized most of his dreams but definitely didn't realize the most important one that was to win back Daisy, but in my opinion that doesn't make him less great. ...read more.

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