The Great Gatsby By: uy nguyen b7

Theme

The Great Gatsby is a great example of human dissatisfaction and the great distance one would go to satisfy and to feel complete. Gatsby's pocket was filled with money, his name carried fames, yet the girl of his dreams wasn't in his reach. Hence the incompleteness he had throughout the whole book.

First example of his incompleteness was early into the story, Gatsby likes to throw big and glamorous parties at his house. But his purpose wasn't what everyone's thinking, he only did it because he wanted Daisy to wander and somehow find his party. In fact, even Nick Carraway didn't know why he throw these parties until later in the book.
"I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby‘s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited" Nick Carraway (41)
In chapter 7, Gatsby explained to Daisy that it is not enough that she loves him, she must tell Tom Buchanan that she never loved him, Gatsby really wanted Daisy all to himself, to truly feel complete. So in a heated conversation between Tom, Daisy and Gatsby, Gatsby was so inpatient that he actually spoke up to Tom, forcing words out of Daisy's mouth. That's how far he would go to acquire Daisy to himself.
"Oh, you want too much!" she cried to Gatsby. "I love you now – isn't that enough? I can't help what's past." She began to sob helplessly. "I did love him once – but I loved you too." Daisy (261)
On the way home, Nick and Daisy were in the same car, and Daisy took the wheel. She was in no mind of driving, and when they cross the valley of ashes, Myrtle saw the bright yellow car and thought that was Tom's car, and so she ran out onto the road. Daisy who were driving at the time couldn't react on time, ran Myrtle over, Gatsby couldn't help anything but to keep driving. And would take on the blame even though he didn't do it. The things he would do for Daisy just to keep her safe.
"Yes," he said after a moment, "but of course I'll say I was. You see, when we left New York she was very nervous and she thought it would steady her to drive – and this woman rushed out at us just as we were passing a car coming the other way. It all happened in a minute, but it seemed to me that she wanted to speak to us, thought we were somebody she knew. Well, first Daisy turned away from the woman toward the other car, and then she lost her nerve and turned back. The second my hand reached the wheel I felt the shock – it must have killed her instantly." Jay Gatsby (122)

Characterization

Jay Gatsby, referred in the book by Nick Carraway as "the single most hopeful person I've ever met". Despite a very hard and humble beginning, dropped out of college, and went to Lake Superior where he met copper tycoon Dan Cody who would soon be his mentor and before he died, left him a will of $25,000. But Cody's mistress cheated Gatsby and stole all the money. Soon after, he was drafted into WW2 and met the girl of his dream Daisy. After the war, he return to New York, and make a fortune out of bootlegging alcohol and connections with local gangs.
"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." Nick Carraway (direct )
He was never quite still; there was always a tapping foot somewhere or the impatient opening and closing of a hand. Nick Carraway (indirect)
Tom Buchanan is Daisy’s immensely wealthy husband, once a member of Nick Carraway’s social club at Yale. He has no problems about his own extramarital affair with Myrtle Wilson, but when he begins to suspect Daisy and Gatsby of having an affair, he becomes outraged and forces a confrontation. Buchanan lives in the "old money" neighborhood of East Egg in New York.
"He came down with a hundred people in four private cars, and hired a whole floor of the Seelbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars." Nick Carraway (direct) (135).
"I don't think she ever loved him." Gatsby turned around from a window and looked at me challengingly." Nick Carraway (Indirect) (22)

symbols

Broken clock, when Daisy and Jay Gatsby finally met at Nick's house, he was too nervous, to the point he get so clumsy that he accidentally knock over the clock on top of the mantel but luckily he caught it. This might represent the time Jay Gatsby lost with Daisy, and the act of catching it could represent him finally able to catch up all those time he missed with Daisy
THE END

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