The Great Gatsby is about a man who fights his way from poor to rich, only to find that his wealth cannot afford him the privileges enjoyed by those born into the upper class. The central character is Jay Gatsby, a wealthy New Yorker of great determination.Gatsby is primarily known for the lavish parties he has each weekend at his mansion in West Egg. He is suspected of being involved in illegal bootlegging and other activities. The narrator is Nick Carraway who is also Gatsbys neighbor and throughout the book, his best and only friend who isn't trying to feed off his wealth. Throughout all the unfortunate series of events , the search for love, power, and pride In the big city of New York is under a veil of drama and unfortunate events.
Money and materialism blinds you of what is really important in life. Wether you were born wealthy or you went crazy trying to become wealthy.The idea of having more and never being satisfied blurs the idea of having strong bonds with others in order to build relationships. Finding love and knowing whatever or whoever loves you back can bring someone a lot of happiness and satisfaction.
This theme is evident in the novel because for one, Gatsby spends large sums of money in the huge parties that he throws. He doesn't throw them to for himself though, he has these huge parties for Daisy, the only women he loves. Also money can make people careless. Tom and daisy thought money could protect them forever thus having them behave "carelessly." Myrtle also believes money can make her life better, so she has an affair with Tom. After all, wealth is not the most important factor in life and you'll never be satisfied. Although Gatsby knows many important people, only a select few come to his funeral. In the group of those that showed Daisy wasn't apart of it yet she knew how much Gatsby loved her. When Gatsby died all of his riches faded such as most who indulged in his extravagant parties.
- "It makes me sad because I've never seen such beautiful shirts before " (Fitzgerald 93-94)
Gatsby is flaunting his wealth by showing off his expensive wardrobe.
- "Gatsby bought that house so that daisy would be just across the bay" (Fitzgerald 79-80)
This quote shows Gatsby's urge to be close to Daisy and how strong his love is for her. Gatsby is really infatuated with her to wherever he'd pay any price to be with her.
- "That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it. . . . High in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl. . "(Fitzgerald 103-106)
Gatsby wanted to be with Daisy and have her live in his mansion full of the riches he brought to impress her. He see's her as the cherry on top, she'll bring his whole life together. He desires her the same way he does money and wealth.
- "He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life" (Fitzgerald 44)
This is Nicks description of Gatsby in his first encounter with him. Immediately he knows Gatsby is one of a kind . This is the moment that kicked off their relationship.
Characterization: Nick Carraway
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.” ( Fitzgerald 1)
Nick Carraway who's the narrator of "The Great Gatsby " is informing us on some important childhood advice his father had given to him. He's saying that before he gives a direct judgment of someone he looks back on the advantages he had that would make him think less of them. Nicks not a judgmental person he sees the best in people such as he did with Gatsby. He's not letting money blind him of other people's emotions or problems.
The Green light across the bay. The single green light on Daisy's dock that Gatsby gazes wistfully at from his own house across the water represents the "unattainable dream," the "dream [that] must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it" ( Fitzgerald 152-149). The goal was to reach a consensus of love with one another but Gatsby, haunted from the past was unable to relive that moment of the love he had of the "idea" of Daisy.