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More than anything else, The Great Gatsby centers on the colossal vitality of his illusion The novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is largely based on the bias views of Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, and Jay Gatsby.

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Daniel Sanchez "More than anything else, The Great Gatsby centers on the colossal vitality of his illusion" The novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is largely based on the bias views of Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, and Jay Gatsby. The entirety of the "colossal vitality of his illusion" is seen throughout the novel. This can be seen in a variety of passages but the passage which links these two together is when Gatsby tells Nick Carraway about his time in the war and the "souvenir of Oxford," of which he always carries around. Another example of this is when Carraway says "You can't repeat the past," in which Gatsby replied to him "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!" This shows that the novel The Great Gatsby is placed in a land of illusion for Daisy, Nick, and most of all Gatsby. Daisy Buchanan is a beautiful young woman who was extremely popular with the military officers stationed near her home. This included Jay Gatsby. ...read more.

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His life in New York is fun, alluring, and fast-paced or so he thought. This type of lifestyle had a secret hidden within it, a special sort of charm make all the bad things in life go away. On the other hand he found this type of lifestyle grotesque and damaging. An example of this is when Daisy had told him the rumors which she had heard about him. "Their interest rather touched me and made them less remotely rich- nevertheless, I was confused and a little disgusted as I drove away." A symbol which represents this lifestyle is Jordan Baker. Nick is attracted to her vivacity and her sophistication just as he is repelled by her dishonesty and her lack of consideration towards others. Towards the end of the novel Nick states that there is a "quality of distortion" to life in New York which makes him lose the balance or the equilibrium in his life. As he watches Gatsby's dreams unravel he soon comes to a conclusion that the reality of it was that the life on the East was not as fun and fast-paced as he had initially thought. ...read more.

Conclusion

As the novel progresses though Gatsby reveals himself to be an innocent young man who hasn't realised that he will never attain his dream. His pursuit blinds him to reality of the corruption which has tainted Daisy due to the wealth she has attained. Finally he is taken away from this world abruptly never realising that his cause was a lost cause. Throughout the novel the "colossal vitality of his illusion" is centered on all the characters. It is the one factor which links all their lives together and has great significance to each of them. To Daisy it was the ability to never having to take responsibility for her actions as she has her wealth to protect her, to Nick it was the lifestyle which New York had, and to Gatsby it was the illusion that he had the ability to make his hopes and dreams of the past into a reality. In conclusion the novel centers itself around the illusion which each character creates for them. ...read more.

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